NVIDIA Reflex arrives in Steam Play’s latest VKD3D-Proton update.

March 16, 2024
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Steam Play Gets NVIDIA’s Reflex Technology In New VKD3D-Proton Update


  • VKD3D-Proton update includes NVIDIA Reflex technology for Steam Play on Linux
  • New update brings performance boost for Steam Play gamers using Steam Deck

In a recent update to VKD3D-Proton, a translation layer used for Steam Play on Linux, NVIDIA’s Reflex technology has been added. This update could potentially enhance gaming performance on Valve’s Steam Deck for hardcore gamers. NVIDIA’s Reflex feature, aimed at minimizing response times of hardware and software resources, provides a viable alternative to AMD’s Radeon Anti-Lag. With the addition of Reflex support in the new VKD3D-Proton update, players using Steam Play can experience a decent boost in performance, ultimately improving their gaming experience.

Alongside NVIDIA Reflex support, the VKD3D-Proton 2.12 update introduces several other additions including Shader Model 6.7, D3D12 Render Pass API, and performance optimizations. These enhancements aim to provide Steam Deck users with access to cutting-edge technologies in the industry, resulting in improved performance and gameplay.

The updated list of features in VKD3D-Proton 2.12 includes:

  • Support for NVIDIA Reflex through VK_NV_low_latency2
  • Implementation of D3D12 render pass API
  • Implement ID3D12DeviceRemovedExtendedDataSettings stubs
  • Implementation of VK_EXT_device_fault for grabbing fault information
  • Implement VK_EXT_swapchain_maintenance1 for seamless mode transitions
  • Exposure of Shader Model 6.7 by default with supported extensions
  • Optimized descriptor copy path on Intel Arc GPUs
  • Fallback for compute shader derivatives on older NVIDIA GPUs

The new additions to VKD3D-Proton showcase a commitment to enhancing the gaming experience on Linux platforms and specifically on Valve’s Steam Deck. By leveraging NVIDIA’s Reflex technology and other advancements, Steam Play gamers can expect improved performance and smoother gameplay. The link to download the latest version of VKD3D-Proton can be found here.

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