Nvidia Releases Its Vulkan Beta Drivers; Says It “Wasn’t All AMD”
AMD today announced that it has finalized the open standard Vulkan 1.0 specification. The company has also made available a beta version of its Radeon driver, which developers can download for initial testing of the new low-level API.
Just hours after this announcement however, Nvidia also released a driver that passes a set of conformance tests for Windows and Linux. In an email it sent to various publications, Nvidia said:
On launch day NVIDIA has fully conformant Vulkan drivers available for Windows, Linux, and Android platforms for all Kepler and Maxwell-based GPUs. Gamers and developers can start now with a solid graphics foundation for Vulkan. Not ‘beta’, not ‘coming soon’ but tested, approved and fully conformant drivers.
The US-based chipmaker went on further to say that Vulkan “wasn’t all AMD.” It was created by multiple graphics hardware and software companies working closely with Khronos Group under the direction of NVIDIA’s Neil Trevett.
“We have always been big fans of industry standard APIs,” Nvidia added. “We have already begun working with developers to deliver Vulkan applications for Quadro, GeForce and Tegra processors. We will work to deliver the best Vulkan drivers we can to ensure our developers can chose the API that best suits their needs, and our customers have a fantastic experience.”
Nvidia drivers for Vulkan are currently in beta, and are compatible and functional cross-platform, working on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, alongside Linux and Android platforms. You can download beta drivers from HERE.