WINE updated to version 3.0 – Great update for Gamers thanks to Direct3D 10 and 11 support and more!
Linux and MacOS users rejoice as your favourite game may now be playable without having to boot into Windows. Thanks to the hard work of the WINE team and many contributors, we now have WINE 3.0 to give us a better Linux/Mac gaming experience!
What is WINE? Why should I be interested in it?
WINE is an emulation layer for Windows applications/games that runs on most Linux distributions and MacOS. It’s been in active development for years upon years and with various free companion applications such as PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac, it’s also been made available for non-techy people that don’t like the idea of tinkering too much.
Thanks to WINE, you can migrate to Linux or MacOS and still keep on using your favourite applications and games. While game compatibility wasn’t always the best, it’s greatly improved over the past 2 years so if you’re not much of a heavy gamer, WINE may actually be enough for your gaming needs. Popular titles like Overwatch are now said to be playable but your mileage may vary as always.
What got added/updated in version 3.0?
WINE version 3.0 brings about the following important features:
- Direct3D 10 and 11 support so you can play games that require Windows Vista and newer.
- Direct3D command stream.
- Improved DirectWrite and Direct2D support for better performance in your 2D games.
- Windows 7 is now the default version reported to applications when running/installing them.
- Applications now look much better on HiDPI displays
- Much more
As you can see, this is a pretty major update and may potentially fix some games that were previously buggy or unplayable so it is recommended you grab it ASAP.
To get WINE 3.0, you can use your Linux distro’s package or update manager or you can wait for the companion application you use to be updated to automatically grab the required files. If you have issues, report them on WINE’s bugzilla.
WINEHQ (everything you need about WINE + links to bug reporting): https://www.winehq.org
The compatibility list which is constantly updated: https://appdb.winehq.org
Changelog source (with more info from OMGUBUNTU!): https://www.winehq.org/news/2018011801