The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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WalterCool Mar 11, 2013 @ 6:42am
Should Skyrim be on Linux? What do you think?
Hey, that would be osom to have Skyrim on Linux? For all who have Windows just for play, what do you think?

Skyrim was made with DirectX far I know, but if Skyrim exists on PS3, should be an implementation on OpenGL, isnt?
Last edited by WalterCool; Mar 11, 2013 @ 6:53am
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DrZann Mar 11, 2013 @ 6:59am 
The PS3 uses PSGL, which is based on OpenGL ES, for its graphics API. But most games that run on the PS3 use the lower level LibGCM or directly access the hardware, which is a benefit to having a fixed hardware platform like a console.
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DrZann Mar 11, 2013 @ 7:02am 
But I sure wish Skyrim was on Linux. Or FreeBSD.
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WalterCool Mar 11, 2013 @ 7:43am 
On Linux or FreeBSD should not be a great problem, because you only need to have the Steam required libraries as Gentoo does (Gentoo works like BSD) on Non-Ubuntu distro.

Maybe this will never happen, because Bethesda kills Linux support of ID, but with steam maybe the reality could be different.
DrZann Mar 11, 2013 @ 7:54am 
I hear folks have been having great success running Skyrim with WINE.
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WalterCool Mar 11, 2013 @ 8:22am 
Steam version of Skyrim? =S
DrZann Mar 11, 2013 @ 8:29am 
Originally posted by WalterCool:
Steam version of Skyrim? =S
Yes, WineHQ gives it a gold rating on ubuntu and Mint[]. CrossOver only gives it a bronze though. Haven't tried myself.
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WalterCool Mar 11, 2013 @ 8:52am 
I will try it today and I will report it, I'm using an APU, so, I'm expecting lower fps based on current Linux implementation of dual graphics, I'm getting something like 29~30fps on Windows.
WalterCool Mar 12, 2013 @ 9:55am 
Ok, I was using Crossover and I get a pretty bad performance (~12fps?), a lot of people reports to be likely 1-1 the performance, IDK if it's problem with my APU A10.

I tried with wine, but I had to do a lot of "fixes" and it's not so confortable.

That's all for now, I'm trying to guess why I have this fps difference.
Nibodhika May 9, 2013 @ 7:09am 
actually most of that render stuff is too low level for game programmers to concern about, they just simply rely on a render engine to do so.
I might be wrong, but as far as I know Skyrim, as well as Oblivion and Fallout 3, use Havok engine, which is extremely compatible with wine... But more important that engine now supports linux as one of its export platforms, so making a skyrim linux port should be a click of a button away and lots of debugging after.
But I don't think they concern themselves with the linux market, we are a small portion of the market (for now)... However SteamBox might change that.
Uradamus Jun 6, 2013 @ 2:26pm 
@Nibodhika: Havok is a physics engine, it has nothing at all to do with rendering. They do now have a game engine called Havok Vision, but Bethesda definitely aren't using it as they've made the Creation Engine for Skyrim, though I do think they are still using Havok for physics/collision.
sukten11 Jun 6, 2013 @ 3:27pm 
Skyrim works pretty well under WINE. But, should they create a port? I guess that depends on how many Linux users would actually buy it.
WalterCool Jun 7, 2013 @ 1:21pm 
Works well? I have a LOT of lag compared with Windows. No problems with other games like Civ5 or related (using Wine/Crossover). Maybe an ATI problem
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Hanwrath Jun 10, 2013 @ 5:48pm 
I've had it running smoothly in Wine with the latest nv driver package on Ubuntu. Haven't had any in-game crashes or wierd glitches (aside from the green under water glitch that doesn't seem to be platform specific).
It's a shame that I can't download the high resolution texture pack via steam on this platform though, haven't figured out a way to get it without having to run and install the game on windows, despite having bought the game. Perhaps running steam in Wine could work.
WalterCool Jun 11, 2013 @ 11:24am 
What Nvidia do you have? Just to compare and know if it's a AMD optimization fault
Tempest Jul 10, 2013 @ 12:08pm 
why not
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