I had Windows 7 x64 and now I have Ubuntu 14.04 on notebook HP 4535s. I expected games to be faster in Linux than on Windows because of fewer machine requirements. But it isn't so... E.g., games via PlayOnLinux, but more performance I expected about games from Steam, but nothing. Why? Do you have any tips for better performance?

(I didn't choose Linux because of games, but I want to play on it, too.)

HW = Notebook HP 4535s Games = PlayOnLinux(World of Tanks, World of Warships, ...), Steam(CS:S, Stronghold 3, Hacker Evolution, ...)

prokop@prokop-pc:~$ lspci | grep VGA
00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Sumo [Radeon HD 6480G]
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Seymour [Radeon HD 6400M/7400M Series] (rev ff)
  • intel graphics? Nvidia? AMD? – sam Feb 19 '15 at 20:54

Its reasonable to expect PlayOnLinux to be a little heavier than native. PlayOnLinux relies on wine, which brings in a whole layer of virtualization overhead.

Steam on the otherhand is more of a grab-bag of some native games and some wine-wrappered games, so some will run smoother than others, depending on who/how it was ported.

Additionally, the difference between the opensource graphics drivers and the propitiatory drivers can make or break the gaming experience.

These are just some broad generalizations, some specifics on your game/hardware would help.

What is your graphics hardware/driver setup? If you're unsure, this might help

lspci | grep VGA
  • Description edited :) – ProkopS Feb 19 '15 at 20:43
  • Added to the question. – ProkopS Feb 20 '15 at 9:02
  • WINE = wine is not an emulator. There is actually no virtualization involved: check wiki.winehq.org/… – tomodachi Feb 20 '15 at 9:56
  • -Unfortunately I have no experience with the ATI hardware. The only other thing I'd suggest would be to ensure that you are running the proprietary Catalyst drivers rather than the open-source drivers. In gaming the difference can be very noticeable. This is also a point mentioned in the article linked by @tomodachi , and should be an easy fix in Ubuntu. – sam Feb 20 '15 at 16:57
  • you should do a cpu and gpu benchmark that will first quantify the performance difference between windows and linux on your given hardware. Google currently says Windows has 88% market share. Mac with 9% and linux 2% so i would NOT expect a game manufacturer to spend any effort on doing any kind of optimization for linux because it makes zero business sense – ron Nov 22 '18 at 16:39

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