== Summary ==
Proposal to replace default wined3d backend with DXVK, A Vulkan-based
translation layer for Direct3D 9/10/11 which allows running 3D applications
on Linux using Wine.
Currently, wine in Fedora uses wined3d and users can optionally install
DXVK (be it wine-dxvk package or by any other means). With this change
accepted, wine would use DXVK instead of wined3d on supported GPUs
== Owner ==
* Name: [[User:frantisekz| Frantisek Zatloukal]]
* Email: fzatlouk(a)redhat.com
== Detailed Description ==
DXVK is an alternative to wined3d providing more performant and more
compatible way to run Windows applications and games using DirectX 9, 10
More detailed description is available on [https://github.com/doitsujin/dxvk
DXVK is available as a wine-dxvk package since Fedora 31. wine-dxvk package
uses alternatives system for following wine dll files: d3d9, d3d10.dll and
Should this proposal be accepted, [
Request] will be merged into the wine-dxvk package which ensures it gets
set as default backend only on systems with Vulkan support. wine-dxvk will
then get added as "Recommends: wine-dxvk" into the wine package itself.
Users can run 'dnf reinstall wine-dxvk' after changing hardware
configuration to get alternatives to use DXVK or wined3d updated.
This proposal can be accepted in a "reduced form" of replacing the default
wined3d backend only for DirectX 10 and 11 and leaving DirectX 9 to be
handled by the current wined3d.
== Benefit to Fedora ==
Fedora users running recent Windows games will get superior performance and
compatibility. Steam already leverages DXVK but there are other Game Stores
and standalone games which would benefit from DXVK. Users had to know about
this project and install it manually (or use e.g. Lutris), whereas having
DXVK included by default will make sure everybody gets the best possible
performance and compatibility.
I haven't done benchmarking per se, there are multiple resources on the
Internet comparing DXVK and wined3d. If necessary I will do additional
testing on my hardware in the week of July 27th.
== Scope ==
* Proposal owners: Merge
Recommends: wine-dxvk into wine the package.
* Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
* Release engineering: N/A
* Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
* Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)
== Upgrade/compatibility impact ==
The aim is to convert users with supported Hardware Configuration to DXVK
as a part of Fedora 32 > Fedora 33 upgrade. There should not be any
breakage since postinst script of wine-dxvk package would verify if the GPU
supports Vulkan or not and set alternatives to wined3d or DXVK accordingly.
There is a slight possibility of user experience degradation compared to
wined3d on old Intel iGPUs supporting just a subset of Vulkan specification
(Ivy Bridge and Haswell generations). I haven't had any opportunity to test
DXVK on such hardware, however, if issues are discovered, check for Vulkan
from wine-dxvk package PR (
be improved to block certain GPU vendors/generations/models.
AMD and/or nVidia GPUs should not be affected, they either do not support
Vulkan at all, or they support it fully.
On GPUs without Vulkan support, wine-dxvk would remain installed and
unused, consuming about 167 MB of HDD space. Users would be able to opt-out
from using DXVK by adding 'exclude=wine-dxvk*' into /etc/dnf/dnf.conf and
removing wine-dxvk package.
== How To Test ==
1. Make sure you have Vulkan compatible GPU ('vulkaninfo' runs without
2. Install wine-dxvk package
3. Run some Windows game with wine
A testday will take place before Fedora 33 GA to determine and workaround
(disable DXVK and fallback to wined3d) issues on potentially broken
hardware and GPU drivers.
In cases when something worked before installing wine-dxvk and stopped
after (or regressed), bugs should be reported to [
DXVK Issue Tracker].
== User Experience ==
== Dependencies ==
N/A (not a System Wide Change)
== Contingency Plan ==
* Contingency mechanism: Obsolete wine-dxvk through base wine package
* Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
* Blocks release? No
* Blocks product? No
== Documentation ==
N/A (not a System Wide Change)
He / Him / His
Senior Program Manager, Fedora & CentOS Stream