Serious Sam 3: BFE Gets Another Important Linux Patch

The developers are still fixing problems inherent to the platform

Serious Sam 3: BFE is a very serious first-person shooter, as the name suggests. It’s developed by Croteam and it’s one of the launch titles for Steam on Linux.

The game has been around for some time, but the Linux users are just starting to enjoy this particular title. The Croteam studio has been hard at work and it is trying its best to make Serious Sam 3: BFE one of the best shooters for Linux.

Yet another patch has been released for Serious Sam 3: BFE, fixing quite a lot of problems, although some still remain, such as the ability to take screenshots from the Steam for Linux client.

The latest patch released by Croteam contains a large number of changes and drastically improves the performance of the game. Here is a short list with the highlights of the patch:

• Various fixes for visual artefacts caused by GPU resource corruptions that happened when game was minimized, alt-tabbed or otherwise lost focus, have been implemented;

• Users can now switch faster into game after Alt-Tab, by changing the Gfx APIs;

• Outdated driver versions are now properly reported to the user, on the Linux platform;

• Some zombie processes sometimes being left over by the game have been fixed;

• CPU name detection now works and the output is visible in console;

• To detect the GPU vendor and the device ID under Linux, the "lspci" external command is now used instead of "libpci" interface;

• A possible application crash that may occur during Steam Workshop sync IO failure, has been fixed;

• The handling of GPU synchronization (if gfx_iFinish>0) is now more responsive. It would sometimes cause stuttering previously;

• The mouse is no longer confined to window after alt-enter.

More details about the changes introduced with the patch can be found in the official announcement on Steam’s website.

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