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Games: Steam Deck, FUTEX2, and Anti-Cheat Support

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  • Steam Deck, Linux and Mac Get Easy Anti-Cheat Support

    Epic Games has just released an update to its Easy Anti-Cheat software that will add support for the Steam Deck, as well as Linux and macOS operating systems. According to an Epic blog post today, the new update is now available to developers for free and is designed to work with Wine and Steam's Proton compatibility layer to ensure all platforms under Linux get full anti-cheat support.

    This is great news for Linux Gamers and for the new Steam Deck, since the anti-cheat services were previously locked to Windows operating systems. Even though the games could be fully functional in a compatibility environment such as Proton or Wine. Now, more platforms have the capability to run all multiplayer games with Epic's popular anti-cheat software, as long as developers enable Linux and Mac support.

    This is especially important for Valve's Steam Deck, which counts on its SteamOS being able to run the entire Steam library. Obviously, lacking anti-cheat support could have been a major problem for the new console.

  • Valve's Steam Deck supports dual boot and booting from a microSD card - Liliputing

    The Valve Steam Deck is expected to begin shipping in December to customers who pre-orders the handheld gaming computer for $399 or more. But ever since introducing the Linux-powered PC with a custom AMD processor this summer, Valve has been getting a lot of questions.

  • Updated "FUTEX2" futex_waitv Patches Posted To Address Latest Feedback - Phoronix

    The promising FUTEX2 work focused on improving the Linux performance for running Windows games via Wine/Proton by extending futex to wait on multiple locks is still moving forward.

    Last month the work was revised in simpler form by just focusing on the new "futex_waitv" system call and postpone additional improvements planned around variable-sized futexes, NUMA-awareness, and more. That additional work will come later while the immediate focus is on the "futex_waitv" system call to address the needs of Wine/Proton by better matching Windows' WaitForMultipleObjects behavior with more efficient emulation.

Epic Games Announces Easy Anti-Cheat Support for Linux

  • Epic Games Announces Easy Anti-Cheat Support for Linux, Wine, Proton, and Steam Deck

    One of the main obstacles Linux Gaming faces are anticheats, which make it impossible for Open Source users to play many titles online (and in some cases also block single-player modes). Luckily, there has been an important advance in this area recently, since Epic Games has announced the support of Easy Anti-Cheat for Linux, Mac and Steam Deck (sic), covering, of course, the Wine and Proton compatibility layers (the second is nothing more than a re-implementation of the first).

    Yes, as you are reading, Epic Games already gives official support for Easy Anti-Cheat for Linux and Wine, or at least that is how it has been announced on the company’s developer website . In recent years, the relationship between Epic Games and the Linux community has deteriorated considerably, mainly due to the fact that the corporation still does not give official support for its game store and the presence of the aforementioned Easy Anti-Cheat, which has made it impossible to Linux users play every title that has implemented it.

BattlEye To Support Valve's Steam Deck / Proton

  • BattlEye To Support Valve's Steam Deck / Proton

    Yesterday it was Epic Games confirming Easy Anti-Cheat for Linux and Wine/Proton ahead of the Steam Deck launch and today it's BattlEye confirming Proton / Steam Deck support.

    BattlEye has already provided native Linux support albeit not widely used. Today they tweeted that they will also be supporting the upcoming Steam Deck or more specifically the use of BattlEye within Proton.

    BattlEye is making this opt-in for game developers who wish to support its usage under Wine / Proton.

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