DXVK, the Vulkan-based translation layer for Direct3D 10/11 which allows running 3D applications on Linux using Wine, has reached v1.0. This version includes a number of new features and fixes. A detailed overview of the changes is written up at Gaming On Linux as well as a list of improvements and bug fixes can be found on the GitHub tagged release.
Vendetta Online, the MMO from Guild Software Inc that has supported Linux for a long time is going to add Vulkan support alongside some other fun sounding advancements. For Vulkan support, they’ve already had it working since early 2018 and it recently became optional for Windows players. As they make improvements, it will be rolled out for Linux too. They will still support OpenGL, for now, until some time in future when all development is going into the Vulkan renderer.
The AMD Radeon RX 590 graphics card is built upon 12nm process technology and the advanced AMD “Polaris” architecture, including 4th Gen GCN graphics cores, display engine and multimedia cores to enable exceptional performance in low-level APIs like DirectX 125 and Vulkan. It also provides stunning HD gaming experience running at up to 60 FPS or higher in the most popular AAA games, and up to 100 FPS in some of the most popular eSports titles.
Unreal Engine 4.21 continues their pursuit of greater efficiency, performance, and stability for every project on any platform. With the help of Samsung, Unreal Engine 4.21 includes all of the Vulkan engineering and optimization work that was done to help ship Fortnite on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and is 100% feature compatible with OpenGL ES 3.1. Projects that utilize Vulkan can run up to 20% faster than the same project that uses OpenGL ES.
Stardock Entertainment announced the extension of their technology and gaming partnership with AMD. As part of the ongoing partnership, Stardock will optimize the upcoming Star Control: Origins for AMD technologies including AMD Ryzen processors and Radeon FreeSync 2 technology, as well as update the game post-launch with support for the Vulkan™ Graphics API.
Vulkan support for DOTA2 on macOS is now available. Yielding improved performance and frame time stability. You will need to enable the “Vulkan support” DLC in Steam, switch to Vulkan in the game video settings, and then, if you experience any issues, please report them on Github.
F1 2017 is coming to Linux and Feral Interactive are porting it. The plan is to release it on November 2nd. More information is available from the Feral mini-site and Gaming on Linux. The game will be powered by the Vulkan API, as confirmed by Feral Interactive in another tweet. This will be their third Linux game to use Vulkan!
RedGamingTech recently posted Part I of an interview with Neil Trevett - ‘CUDA, AI, Self Driving Cars, GameWorks & Deep Learning’, President of The Khronos Group. Part II ‘Vulkan, Game Development & VR & Graphics Technology’ of the interview is now online.
Feral Interactive posted on their Facebook page “We’re crazy excited to announce that Mad Max is getting revved to utilise Vulkan, the Khronos Group’s next-generation graphics API.” Instructions on how to sign up for the beta are online. Phoronix has posted a short benchmark comparing Mad Max on OpenGL and Vulkan.
Cloud Imperium Games developer Ali Brown indicated that Star Citizen will be dropping DirectX support in favor of Vulkan. Specifically, Brown mentioned that CIG had been developing on DX11, with an intent to support DX12. However, because Vulkan enables single-API support for older version of Windows (and Linux) without sacrificing performance and features, the plan now is to move away from DirectX completely.
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.
In a recent blog post, Croteam announced ‘Serious Sam Fusion 2017’ is the label the team has given to a large update that will be hitting all of its recent games. All games starting at Serious Sam 3 will be playable on SteamOS, Linux, and macOS. Croteam is also removing DirectX 9 support in favour of the Vulkan API.