A post about why playing games on Linux is not for everyone yet, on Forbes: https://medium.com/@killyourfm/6-months-without-windows-the-ugly-truth-about-gaming-on-linux-c5bae50fdea9 Note that I dont agree with everything in there, but the fact that it's not beginner friendly is certainly true. #linux #linuxgaming
Can't say I agree much with the article. So basically going into the driver menu for Ubuntu or Mint is too much work ? Is it really easier than going to Nvidia's website, finding the driver page, choosing your OS, downloading the file, running the file and clicking next a bunch of times on Windows ? While I can think of many ways Linux can be simpler for new users the Nvidia driver process of Ubuntu or Mint is nowhere near the top of the list.
You dont even get the latest drivers if you just go in the drivers menu. You need a PPA on Ubuntu.
As for PPAs there is an easy option if you don't want to or can't figure it out: use a rolling distro. You won't have to mess with PPAs on Manjaro, etc. They all have graphical installers similar to Ubuntu or Mint and give you much newer Mesa drivers without any extra work.
I would not recommend that since games are only tested and supported on Ubuntu most of the time. And yes, there are cases when games dont work properly on a rolling distro (i know, I use Arch on one of my machines and Solus on another).
I do have the odd time where a game needs a Debian based distro to run but were talking about 3-4 games out of a few hundred.
I also have a few games where the Linux version won't launch on any distro I tried and I needed to use Proton. There were also a few games that won't run on Mesa drivers at all. In my opinion those are worse issues to deal with.
Still, Linux is in better shape than 5 or 10 years ago.
@boilingsteam it's a sad fact that gaming on Linux is still not as user friendly as on Windows, where all you need is the launcher of your choosing and you're in 99.99% of cases good to go. I do hope that the WINE project continues to improve and distributions get better support for graphics cards as they age. HOPEFULLY!
Generalistic and moderated instance.