Thursday, May 19, 2022

Nvidia makes it easier to play games on Linux System’s Windows Virtual Machine

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Linux OS is a pretty awesome Operating System that gets its work done pretty smoothly and is majorly known for being open-source. Meaning, you can practically customize the OS with anything that you desire, of course, it should be within the scope of its kernel.

However, this awesome operating has but one weakness, and that’s the inability to support games. That’s one of the major reasons why Windows still dominates home PCs and another reason being that Linux is a little hard for first-timers to get a feel on.

But, now things may be finally changing because you can now play a lot more games on your PC while still using your Linux OS. For this, you need a VM running Windows. The problem with Linux System’s Windows VM was the fact that it wasn’t able to utilize the full capacity of Nvidia’s graphics power. But the green team has come up with a solution for the problem.


Nvidia has now enabled GPU passthrough support (in beta) for Windows virtual machines on GeForce graphics cards. It means that it’s possible to run a Linux machine and then run a virtual Windows machine within it, and hand unfettered access to a graphics card.

According to team green, it states that its new feature makes it possible for gamers to keep their Linux OS without losing access to their previous games, and also the developers who are making cross-platform titles, will find the feature more appealing.

However, nothing good comes without a price, and it’s something which is not very easy to fulfil in the current times. Nvidia states that to make the feature work, you’ll need two GPUs, one for the Linux machine and one for the Windows VM.

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So, if you want to make use of Nvidia’s new Linux gaming feature then be ready to spend some bucks and pray that you get your hands on those Nvidia cards which are modern-day unicorns, only existing on the internet, but we cannot get to touch them.


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Nivedita Bangari
Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.


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