Intel Announces Support For Vulkan on Integrated Graphics
Intel today announced that their chipsets will now support Vulkan on Windows 10 PCs. Up until now, support for the new graphics API was limited to Nvidia and AMD GPUs, but it seems that Intel has decided to change course and also offer support for Vulkan on their integrated graphics cards, going back all the way to Apollo Lake up till the latest Kaby Lake CPUs.
First brought to market in 2015, Vulkan is an API developed by the Khronos Group in direct competition with Microsoft’s DirectX API. In both cases, it allows for GPUs, CPUs, and operating systems to communicate with each other, allowing users to enjoy a much smoother graphical experience than they would otherwise. Gamers are of course the largest group benefiting from such programs, but they also impact the experience for movie watchers, let alone people who work with graphics and the like.
Vulkan, according to its developers, offers several benefits over DX, which has been the industry standard for almost two decades now. Companies like Nvidia and AMD — the originator of the technology — were quick to adapt to Vulkan, but makers of CPUs like Intel, were not. News that Intel has decided to do so now is great for fans of Vulkan, as aficionados claim that it is not only smoother than DX, but also offers better VR support.
On top of that, Vulkan generally is also much less resource-intensive than DX and offers a porting experience from DX12. This decision by Intel will open up a huge host of opportunities for developers as well as VR-headset manufacturers and may be the way in which Vulkan takes its place in the sun. We’ll know more once an official release date for Vulkan support is announced, which should be some time in the next month or two.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.