As the steam deck leads charging with SteamOS and its Proton compatibility layer, Valve is paving the way for us to leave Windows and move into Linux PC gaming. Now, with the release of Proton 6.3-8 (via Videocardz), the company hopes to inspire more players to jump into the ship with official support for the Nvidia DLSS.
Proprietary upscaling technology can help increase FPS in games like Call of Duty: Vanguard or Back4Blood, without sacrificing much in the way of image quality. Unfortunately, Team Green’s upscale technology will not be supported on Steam Deck as it uses AMD Zen2-based SoC and Nvidia DLSS requires RTX chip.
Thankfully, Proton already supports AMD FSR, which does not require your GPU to be of a specific brand, so steam deck users will not be completely unlucky when considering upscaling options.
Support for the AMD FSR could be extremely useful for anyone gaming on a steam deck when it is released in 2022. A benchmark held on Dave Kit suggests that the Steam deck may struggle to run some games at 60 fps, and so Team Red’s upscale feature could help provide a simple performance boost.
Even so, Valve is doing everything it can to ensure that all 50,000 Steam games have been tested on Steam Deck, with recent reports showing a good level of compatibility with the platform’s top 100 titles before their release.
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