Does desktop environment matter for games?

I am currently using XFCE because it is lightweight but I’d more interested in Gnome or Pantheon recently.

To my knowledge, these are bulkier are desktop environments. Will it have any effect on the gaming experience? I’ve seen a couple of mixed answers so I’m looking for more here.

Not really. Because the specs required for gaming is generally much higher than what’s required for DEs. As such, unless you are gaming on a low-spec machine, it really wont make a difference.


I don’t think it makes much of a difference.

I have used a lot of desktop environments and gamed on most of them. Never noticed anything. Couple of FPS if anything.

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Yeah, thanks. I did look into it a bit more and you are both correct. On most systems, it doesn’t seem to make a big difference.

What would you say when it comes to running emulators though? Those tend to be a bit more demanding. Curious if that makes a difference.