Since VMware Workstation 16 Pro, a new graphics engine has been implemented to provide :
- support for DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 for applications and games installed in virtual machines.
- 3D support if you have an Intel graphics card (GPU) and a Linux host PC and support for DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.3.
Thanks to this big news, it's now possible to virtualize some games, such as : NFS Undercover.
NFS Undercover is one of the games that we own that allow you to easily test the fluidity of the game, since it's a racing game.
When you create a virtual machine in VMware Workstation 16, you can assign 8 GB of video (graphics) memory to your virtual machine.
In this tutorial, we used a host PC with Windows 10 v2004 and a virtual machine with the same version of Windows 10.
As stated by VMware Workstation, it's recommended to allocate 8 GB of video memory (graphics memory).
However, to assign 8GB of video memory, VMware Workstation tells you to assign at least 16 GB of RAM.
In the "Memory" section, we have therefore assigned 16 GB of RAM to our virtual machine.
Knowing that our physical PC has 32 GB of RAM.
Since we have the original version of this game (on DVD), we have configured our VM's virtual CD/DVD drive to use our physical CD/DVD drive.
Start the virtual machine.
In the virtual machine, if you run the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (dxdiag.exe) provided with all versions of Windows, you will see that Windows 10 supports DirectX 12. Which is higher than what is supported by VMware Workstation.
Games using a version of DirectX lower or equal to version 11 will therefore work without problems.
Insert the desired game DVD and install it.
Our game is installed.
We launch the game and as expected it works.
Right now, we're seeing cutscenes.
So, we're not actually in the game yet.
In NFS Undercover, what you see here is a cutscene.
Now, we are really playing.
Which was not possible with previous versions of VMware Workstation.
To get the most out of your virtualized video game, click on the "Full Screen" icon of VMware Workstation.
Then, automatically hide the top bar by clicking on the pin at the top left.
Then, adjust the display options of your game to take advantage of the maximum resolution supported by your screen and improve the graphics as desired.
In our case, we have set all the settings of our game (released in 2008) to maximum and the game runs smoothly and the driving of the car is very smooth, despite the game being installed in a virtual machine.
Note that Windows 7 supports DirectX 11 by default, as you can check through "dxdiag.exe".
And the game also works great with Windows 7 installed in the virtual machine.
For Windows 8 and 8.1 in virtual, you also have support for DirectX 11.
And game virtualization also works without problem.
Thanks to this new feature, you can now play games installed in a virtual machine.
But, remember that this will not work with all games. And even less with the latest games just released.
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Introduction: Gaming on VMWare Workstation
If you are playing a video game in VMWare ,Try it ,It works with less lag .However ,You need to install VMWare Tools or it will not work.
Step 1: Downloading VMWare Workstation
If you're interested in VMWare ,Download it in this link:
It may take long to download it.However ,Leave your computer overnight until it finished.
Step 2: Install VMWare Workstation
Once your done downloading ,Install it
Follow the instructions and enter the serial number.
After you install ,Create a virtual machine and you're ready to go
Step 3: Create a Virtual Machine
After you install ,Create a VM ,Then avoid some compatibility issues:
-Low HDD Space
After creating a VM , Install and you're ready to go.
Step 4: Install VMWare Tools
After installing a OS in a VMWare VM ,VMWare Tools is needed for gaming or else it will not work properly.
Step 5: Install the Game
After installing VMWare Tools , Install any game as you want :D (e.g FEZ ,Deus Ex and DOTA)
Step 6: Time to Play
Now you can play with your favorite games after installing the 3 required steps:
-Install a OS
-Install VMWare Tools
-Install a game
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I just upgraded my installation to the latest VMware Workstation 16.0 from version 15.5. Apart from the slightly better user interface, the VMware Workstation version 16.0 also improves the performance of the virtual machines. I tested to install several different Linux distributions on it and the performance amazed me. I don’t have the actual comparison number with the previous version, but you will feel it when you use it.
In the past, Proxmox is the best way to get the performance of a virtual machine by utilizing the GPU passthrough features. With this feature, we can play games without problems on our virtual machines. With this new version on VMware Workstation 16, will we be able to play games on a virtual machine?
Smooth Desktop Effects
On some distributions that I test, all the desktop effects run very smoothly. The fade menu effects on Manjaro KDE or Deepin 20 run flawlessly. For some people, these effects are not important but when you use the modern Linux desktop, it is very nice to have these effects.
The desktop transparency also works very well. When we drag a window in Manjaro KDE, the transparancy effect will be triggered. And it is very smooth as good as if it runs on a bare metal machine.
Unigine Heaven 3D Benchmark
This is the most interesting section. Let’s talk about how are these virtual machines run the Unigine Heaven 3D benchmark software. In the following test, I use Manjaro KDE version 20 virtual machine and Unigine Heaven for Linux. I run several benchmark tests at different settings.
Virtual Machine Settings
Basically, I use the default settings from VMware as follow
- Number of processors: 2
- RAM: 4GB
- 3D graphic acceleration: Enabled
Unigine Benchmark Low Quality Test
Here is the Heaven benchmark settings at low quality. I run it at 1920 x 1080 resolution which is pretty standard.
The benchmark result
At low quality preset, I got 73.1 FPS which is pretty awesome for a virtual machine. Please note that I run the virtual machine on a low budget PC with AMD Ryzen 3 3200G and AMD Radeon RX580 8 GB graphic card. I do believe on a better PC with better processor and graphic card, this number will be increased significantly.
The host GPU utilization
As you can see below, the virtual machine utilizes the host’s graphic card 3D feature. It’s pretty interesting.
Unigine Benchmark Medium Quality Test
Now moving to the next test, I use the medium quality preset at 1920 x 1080.
And the result still very nice. 60.6 average FPS with maximum of 137 FPS.
With the medium benchmark preset, the host’s GPU utilization increases significantly. I notice with my bare eyes that it reached a maximum of 76 percent of GPU usage.
Unigine Benchmark High Quality Settings
Now let’s see what happens when we pull up the quality settings to High. At this setting, the benchmark still can run but it’s not as smooth as before. The frame rate dropped to 55 FPS but the system is stable though.
Is the VMware Virtual Machine ready for gaming?
It is a good question when it comes to gaming. In my case, I don’t want to spend much time to try playing modern games on my VMware virtual machine. But if I have a more powerful host computer, maybe I will give it a try. Currently, I still believe that Proxmox with it’s GPU passthrough capability still the best way to play games on virtual machines.
I have 2 ssd's because the build is for 2 brothers who want to be able to split the PC up potentially in the future. Why us gaming in a vm problematic?
VM's don't work like that.
A VirtualMachine is an entire PC, encapsulated in a single "file". It does not need its own dedicated drive.
Currently, I have 5 or 6 VM's available. Linux, WinServer, Windows. They can all live on a single drive.
Why is gaming in a VM problematic? The guest system in the VM will NOT play as well as in the host system.
Well, you sort of can, if you throw a LOT of money at it.
The word you're looking for is multiseat.
Here's how Linus did it, with his entire team of staffers to eventually make it work, and a LOT of money.
So, anyways...the problem is that when I try to run a game called Maplestory, it has emmense lag and it makes the Back Ground Music all skippy. The game runs fine if I dont move the mouse or anything, though.
This is more an issue with the host OS scheduler - which version of Windows are you running for a host? (I'm going to guess Vista or 7, since they both have a scheduler quirk that XP didn't have...). And I'm pretty sure you have a multi-VCPU guest.
The issue, generally, is trying to get multiple VCPUs to run at the same time within the bounds of a host OS is quite tricky - there's no good solution to it, short of writing your own kernel (like ESXi). In fact, Windows and Linux versions from the past ~2 years have been making the problem worse - good power management directly interferes with good virtual machine performance, and Windows/Linux tends to be more concerned about running well on laptops than running virtual machines well. The Mac OS X scheduler, being more primitive (sorry Mac fans), ends up being too simple to have this problem.
That said, a few things can lessen the impact:
- switch to a single virtual CPU. More CPUs don't always help - and for this particular scheduler problem, they hurt (a lot).
- turn off host OS power management / TurboBoost / etc. These features like to turn off host CPU cores - which is great for saving power, but can be catastrophic for multi-CPU VMs.
The general (and more technical) rule for current versions is, only add more VCPUs if the guest is demonstrably CPU-bound. Most guests are idle or I/O-bound, so adding CPUs usually hurts because it increases the likelihood of a bad schedule.
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