Hardware upgrades, including faster GPUs and CPUs, are poised to improve Linux gaming. The latest gaming titles will come to Linux much faster with Vulkan, a graphics technology that should drive gaming forward on the OS. Many games are written using the Unity Engine from Unity Technologies, which is looking to add Vulkan support in the future. The Unreal Engine, another gaming development platform, already supports Vulkan.
Valve pushed out an update that provides opt-in support for using the Vulkan graphics API of the Source 2 Engine rather than using OpenGL (or DirectX under Windows). Those interested in trying out Vulkan on Dota 2 can enable the Dota 2 Vulkan DLC and launch the game with the -vulkan switch. More details here and in the official Dota 2 announcement.
ELVEES companies group and Imagination Technologies announce the ELVEES Image Semantic Engine (ELISE), a unique next-generation multi-platform SoC offering a wide range of video analytics markets. Companies can use the new ELISE chip to develop a new generation of IP cameras with video analysis and a wide range of OEM modules. Unique hierarchical ELISE tools have been developed, including libraries for the Khronos OpenVX API and the innovative VIPE tool for vision and general purpose algorithm development on mixed multi-platform CPU/Velcore/GPU SoC systems.
Samsung us showing that Vulkan isn't just for gaming — it has real-world benefits in daily phone use. Samsung engineers demonstrated a new TouchWiz launcher being developed with Vulkan that not only improves performance but offers a notable battery life boost to your phone.
The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 has just received an update which includes support for Vulkan. Last February, right after Vulkan 1.0 was released, NVIDIA updated the SHiELD console with support for Vulkan in order to entice developers to get a head start with Vulkan.
At Adobe Max: The Creativity Conference, Adobe confirmed that they will be providing enhanced 3D support for Photoshop CC, including the ability to read COLLADA rigging and animation data. COLLADA Rigging Support: Users can import animation and rigging data from COLLADA files, and continue to paint, finish or refine 3D objects. You can also leverage the existing animation data and Photoshop Timeline to create promotional videos.
Shaderific version 4.0 is now available. Shaderific is an educational app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that makes it possible to write, compile and test OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 shader programs directly on any iOS device. Version 4.0 adds support for iPad Pro taking full advantage of the bigger screen as well as support for Multitasking with Slide Over and Split View. To complement the existing anaglyph 3D rendering capabilities a new 3D mode has been added for left-right stereo image rendering. Furthermore, rendering on an external display connected via Lightning Digital AV Adapter is now supported in addition to the default screen mirroring.
Unreal Engine 4’s implementation of Vulkan API enables developers to create visually stunning, cross-platform 3D content that supports more draw calls, and more dynamic objects onscreen, with faster performance than ever before. Watch here to see how it all came together through the making of ProtoStar, revealed at Mobile World Congress 2016.
Remcom announces a new version of Wireless InSite, its site-specific radio propagation software for the analysis of wireless communication systems. This version, Release 2.8, supports the import of KMZ and COLLADA geometry files. The ability to import and create KMZ (.kmz) and COLLADA (.dae) geometry files is particularly useful for adding single structures, such as bridges, high resolution buildings, or new construction to a scene. These structures are often missing from urban geometry data.
At the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event at MWC in Barcelona, Epic Games announced that Unreal Engine 4 supports the Vulkan API and Samsung mentions Vulkan (video). Samsung showed the ProtoStar real-time 3D experience built with Unreal Engine 4 technology utilizing the Vulkan API, running on the new Samsung Galaxy S7. “Anytime we can converge on an idea, particularly an idea like Vulkan, which is made by the industry, is asked for by the industry, everybody gets stronger.” Wyeth Johnson, Lead Technical Artist, Epic Games. Get Unreal, the first engine to support Vulkan.