What Game Developers need to know about The Khronos Group and the latest in GPU and 3D rendering for games from Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group. More presentations, video and photos from GDC 2018 can be viewed in the Khronos' Developer library.
KentBye Voices of VR interviewed Nick Whiting this week at the GDC18 Epic Games booth. Nick is from Khronos member Epic Games and is the OpenXR Working Group Chair. Learn more about OpenXR and watch the OpenXR session from the Khronos Developer Day at GDC.
This years Khronos Developer Day Sessions were the biggest yet, with over 1500 people attending. Most of the sessions were standing room only. Khronos would like to thank the attendees, the speakers, and the support staff who made this day possible. It's not over yet! On Thursday night there will be a WebGL & glTF Meetup. And, if you were not able to make it to GDC this year, we've you covered as well. The presentations are online, video of the sessions will appear online later this week, and we have all your favourite Khronos Standards Merchandise for gals and guys available online.
The Khronos Group will be at GDC & VRDC 2018. Be sure to mark us in your calendar for the Khronos Dev Day on March 19th in Moscone, West Hall, Room 3022. This years sessions are now posted and include WebGL, glTF, OpenXR and Vulkan. Be sure to book mark the Khronos GDC event page and checkout some of our other upcoming events and meet ups.
Last year at GDC 2016, Khronos launched the Vulkan 1.0 specification and the Khronos members released first Vulkan drivers and SDKs. Just a year later, at GDC 2017 Unity announced the Unity 5.6 release with the built-in Vulkan renderer. With this, Unity showed not only its support to Vulkan but also to developers that expects the best from Unity. This blog covers the topics presented in the ARM Sponsored Talk at GDC 2017 related with Vulkan integration in Unity. The full talk video is also available in the GDC Vault.
At GDC 2017, in San Francisco during February, Khronos™ released several new Vulkan® extensions for cross-platform Virtual Reality rendering and multiple GPU access. This functionality has been initially released as KHX extensions to enable feedback from the developer community before being incorporated into final specifications. One key question that we have been asked since GDC is whether the Vulkan multi-GPU functionality is specifically tied to ship only on Windows 10.
Last week was GDC, and a ton of new tech, as well as new VR games and apps were announced and broadcast out to millions. But one of the most important stories out of GDC was also one of the least flashy. It was a gathering held by a nonprofit known as The Khronos Group, and it dealt directly with how much new VR hardware and software is being released, and how it is rapidly becoming more and more difficult for developers to keep up. Say Hello to OpenXR.
The Khronos Group made several major announcements at GDC 2017. Here is a quick review of what's going on:
- Adoption Grows for Vulkan; New Features Released: Press Release
- OpenXR - Cross-Platform, Portable, Virtual Reality: Homepage - Blog
- Call for Participation in the New 3D Portability Exploratory Group: Homepage
- WebGL 2.0 Specification Finalized and Shipping – Work on Next Generation WebGL Underway!: Blog
- Final Call for Feedback on glTF™ 2.0: Blog
- Request for Quote - Blender glTF Exporter: More information
In addition to the news, Khronos has a booth at GDC with lots of demo's going on, and will be updating the new @OpenXR and Flickr frequently.
Celebrating a successful first year, the Vulkan API is gaining tremendous momentum in high-fidelity gaming. Vulkan support appears in leading game engines such as Unity and Unreal, numerous game studios actively developing Vulkan titles, and a dozen Vulkan titles shipping including Doom, Quake, The Talos Principle and Dota 2. Vulkan drivers are also shipping from all of the major GPU manufacturers for desktop and mobile systems. Today, Khronos has released new Vulkan extensions for cross-platform access to Virtual Reality and multi-GPU functionality. Find out more about growing Vulkan momentum and the updates and extensions released at GDC here.
The Khronos Virtual Reality Initiative announced in December is making rapid progress in designing an open standard for portable Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality apps and devices. Today, Khronos releases the official name of the standard: OpenXR. The group is made up of a who’s-who of VR industry leaders working together to combat industry fragmentation in these markets. Any interested companies are invited to join Khronos to get involved and help steer the VR industry. Read more on the Khronos Blog and Press Release.
Already supported by production browsers from Google and Mozilla, the WebGL 2.0 standard is final and now ready for developers to create the next wave of 3D web applications and engines. WebGL 2.0 exposes OpenGL ES 3.0-class functionality, bringing desktop-OpenGL capabilities to web developers everywhere. Additionally, Khronos has now started work on the next generation of WebGL to bring the power of the new generation of explicit 3D APIs to the Web. More information on WebGL 2.0 is available in the Khronos Blog.
Khronos has released a developer preview version of glTF 2.0 that brings significant enhancements to the open standard for runtime 3D asset delivery. For example, glTF 2.0 introduces physically-based rendering (PBR) for portable, high-quality materials - making glTF independent of the underlying 3D API. Khronos is seeking input and feedback from the industry via GitHub to help finalize glTF 2.0 in the next few weeks. Khronos has also today released a request for quotations on a funded project to bring glTF 2.0 export capability to the open-source Blender 3D Authoring Tool. Find out how to share feedback and get more details.
NVIDIA announced the immediate availability of the NVIDIA GDC Vulkan developer driver which supports not only extensions that Khronos just released, but also a set of Vulkan extensions that provide the multi-projection functionality of our Maxwell and Pascal GPU architectures, which is the foundation for technology such as VRWorks, fast voxelization, and single pass cubemap rendering.