A lot of Linux users have a love-hate relationship with NVIDIA when it comes to drivers. It looks like NVIDIA is trying to win over the Linux fans by delivering timely driver releases as the beta version of the 470 Linux Driver is finally out.
Some of the main highlights of the release are the support for DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), improved Wayland support, and improved PRIME (used for managing hybrid graphics in laptops)
NVIDIA 470 Linux Driver Beta: What’s New?
As mentioned above, NVIDIA’s DLSS brings quite a lot of visual improvements to games. It uses AI scaling to upscale the elements thereby giving users a beautiful gaming experience. It’s quite popular among Windows users and is now finally here for Linux users to enjoy.
For starters, it uses the tensor cores with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs. The 470 Beta for Linux now adds support for DLSS in games that support the Vulcan API to upscale. However, we’ll have to wait till autumn when the driver and proton support is available for Direct3D DLSS to be used on Linux over Vulcan.
DOOM Eternal, No Man’s Sky, Wolfenstein: Youngblood are some of the games on Steam Play that support DLSS. Here’s a list of the best AAA Windows games that are available for Linux. You can test if DLSS works in these.
The driver also improves the Wayland support by adding OpenGL and Vulkan APU acceleration with XWayland. Apart from that, there are better hybrid graphics management thanks to PRIME.
To read more about the release changes, additions, and improvements in NVIDIA 470 driver on Linux, head over to NVIDIA’s official download page notes.