What's Vulkan? Well it's a new low-level API from the Khronos Group that removes a lot of the overhead when accessing hardware. Which means faster frame-rates. And in the case of DOOM, being able to run the game in the three figure range. The support for Vulkan comes with a new update to the PC version of the game, alongside new drivers from AMD and Nvidia. And in addition to being able to run the game at blindingly fast speeds on the latest AMD and Nividia cards it's also expected that older GPUs will also benefit from the new technology.
id Software CTO Robert Duffy posted the following
At id Software, we’ve always pushed technology. With DOOM we let the game drive the technology decisions from early on. This has continued even in post-release, with new updates and more. Today we’re excited to share another big technology push: Vulkan support is now live on PC.
When we were looking to adopt Vulkan for DOOM, the main question we asked ourselves was: “What’s the gamer benefit?” Ultimately the biggest benefit will be high framerates. There are a number of game-focused reasons super-high framerates matter, but primarily its movement and player feel. The game just feels amazing running that fast, so we made it a priority to try to really exploit the available hardware on PC.
We also anticipate some older GPUs will now be able to play the game at good framerates. We hope the range of GPU support widens with additional game and driver updates. That said, this is the first time a triple-A game is releasing on a brand-new API and brand-new drivers so there may be a few bumps, but our testing is showing really great performance and stability.
Vulkan is a cutting-edge next-generation graphics and compute API from the Khronos Group. Vulkan allows very low-level access to the hardware and moves most of the driver overhead into the developers’ hands. For PC gamers Vulkan will bring speed and features to DOOM, which is a big upside.
It's great to see id Software back at the forefront of PC gaming technology. And with DOOM too, as the original was known for how it pushed hardware with its own low-level programming innovations. You can find the latest AMD drivers here
, and the Nvidia ones here
And for more information on Vulkan, check out this handy Vulkan FAQ