The open-source FEX-Emu emulator for running x86/x86_64 Linux binaries on 64-bit Arm has made good progress this year. This is not only for running Linux x86_64 applications on Arm, but Steam and Steam Play (Proton) allow Windows games to run on Linux 64-bit Arm. With today’s FEX 2211, more progress has been made on the Proton front for running more modern games.
The FEX developers noted that they can now run “triple-A games on AArch64” and used January’s recent God of War release as an example.
FEX 2211 brings solutions to allow Proton Experimental to now run on Arm hardware. Proton 7.0 and older already worked with FEX, but now it’s possible to get the newer Proton Experimental running so that more Windows x86/x86_64 games will run on 64-bit Arm hardware.
FEX’s emulator developers have enjoyed running God of War and other AAA games on Proton Experimental while running on Lenovo laptops with Snapdragon 888 drives.
In addition to their Proton Experimental work, they also added a segment register index optimization as performance enhancement for some 32-bit software, more preparations for support of AVX emulation in a future release, support for more instructions, support for disabling thunks in application configurations, and a variety of other additions.
- FEX 2211 Emulator Brings God of War & Other AAA Games On Linux Arm hardware
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