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  • LunarG's Vulkan developer survey results out now - Vulkan also turns 4

    LunarG, the software company that Valve sponsors who work on building out the ecosystem for the Vulkan API recently conducted a Vulkan developer survey with the results out now.

    Before going over the results, just a reminder that Vulkan just recently turned four years old! The 1.0 specification went public on February 16, 2016. Since then, we've seen some pretty amazing things thanks to it. We've had Linux ports that perform really nicely, the mighty DXVK translation layer advanced dramatically, to the vkBasalt post-processing layer and so on—there's been a lot going on. However, as a graphics API do remember it's pretty young and has a long life ahead of it.

    As for the LunarG survey: there were 349 replies to it, and while not a huge amount it gives us an interesting insight into what some developers think and feel about how Vulkan is doing as a whole. Overall, it gives quite a positive picture on the health of Vulkan with over 60% feeling the overall quality of the Vulkan ecosystem as "Good" and almost 20% rating it as "Excellent".

  • AMDVLK 2020.Q1.2 Released With Vulkan 1.2 Support

    AMDVLK 2020.Q1.2 is out as the first official AMD open-source Vulkan Linux driver code drop in one month.

    AMDVLK has been off its wagon this quarter with their previous weekly/bi-weekly code drops of AMDVLK but that just means the v2020.Q1.2 is quite a big one. First up, AMDVLK 2020.Q1.2 now is supporting Vulkan 1.2 that debuted back in January and with Mesa's RADV Radeon Vulkan driver already having supported it for weeks.

  • Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1.1 for Linux Released

    AMD's Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1.1 Linux driver release was made available this week as their newest quarterly driver installment intended for use with Radeon Pro graphics hardware.

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  • Vulkan SDK 1.2.141 is out with GFXReconstruct to improve Vulkan dev

    LunarG has released an updated version of their Vulkan SDK with version 1.2.141 out and it includes some new toys to help developers support Vulkan in their games and apps. This SDK should give developers almost everything they need to get started in the Vulkan API development environment. With 1.2.141 it includes the new GFXReconstruct tool, which aims to improve upon their earlier vktrace. GFXReconstruct enables developers to capture and replay Vulkan API calls and they're also using the new tool to explore other potential performance and feature enhancements, such as compression for capture files (currently available) and support for multi-threaded replay (to be added in the future).

  • Vulkan SDK 1.2.141 Released With GFXReconstruct, DirectX Shader Compiler Bundled

    LunarG in cooperation with The Khronos Group has released Vulkan SDK 1.2.141. Vulkan SDK 1.2.141 adds support for a number of newer Vulkan extensions introduced in recent versions of the specification as well as better validation coverage and bug fixes.

  • Steam Play Proton 5.0-8 has released

    After a public testing period of only a few days, Valve has already pushed out Steam Play Proton 5.0-8 pulling in plenty of upgrades and fixes for the compatibility layer. The first Release Candidate was put out on June 3 and after what seems like only a few tweaks, like removing the wine-mono upgrade that caused issues, it should now be available to everyone. You should see an update to Proton 5.0 in your Steam client.

  • Proton 5.0-8 Shipping With The Latest DXVK/VKD3D, Windows Game Fixes

    Following the recent release candidate, the Valve and CodeWeavers developers have officially promoted this latest Wine-based downstream for empowering Steam Play to their latest stable release. In time for the weekend gamers there is Proton 5.0-8 to offer the best experience to date for running Windows games on Linux either standalone or most commonly via Steam Play.

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