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Samsung embraces Vulkan API for immersive gaming

by Mark Tyson on 29 June 2016, 11:19

Tags: Khronos Group, Samsung (005935.KS), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)

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Samsung has published a blog post discussing how it has embraced the Vulkan graphics API, to improve gaming perfromance and create more immersive gaming experiences on mobile. The South Korean tech giant also uploaded various videos about the advantages of using the Vulkan API including one video comparing OpenGL ES and Vulkan gaming on its Galaxy S7 smartphone.

The first mobile games leveraging the Vulkan API are Need for Speed: No Limits, Heroes of Incredible Tales (HIT), and Vainglory, says Samsung. In the video above (and screenshot below) you can see split screen comparisons of the Galaxy S7 running the same games in OpenGL ES and in Vulkan.

Samsung says that using the Vulkan API the games are "noticeably more detailed and responsive, so gamers can enjoy them all at a deeper level". This result is said to be thanks to the simpler Vulkan driver that "reduces CPU bottlenecks, allows the use of multiple CPUs for increased performance, and reduces hitches and other surprises". As we have seen in other gaming industry hardware tests, modern APIs like Vulkan can increase performance while reducing hardware load.

Vainglory developer, Super Evil Megacorp, has worked closely with Samsung in implementing the Vulkan API in its games. Samsung engineers were in the developer's offices during game development. Impressively, thanks to Samsung's partnership and the new Vulkan API, Super Evil Megacorp "was able to create games with 30 percent faster performance, increased rendering of images on the screen and improved battery life".

Google decided to implement the Vulkan API as part of the Android platform last year.



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I hope we see more of this!
Vulkan is nice push - but mobile games can #### off! They are #### - sure mobile is alright for ####ty casual games but we are not going to play AAA titles or competitive titles on mobile devices!
I personally hope Vulkan wipes Direct X off the map. PC developers please start embracing and indeed, snogging Vulkan ! Lets see MS die ASAP.
EvZ_2
Vulkan is nice push - but mobile games can #### off! They are #### - sure mobile is alright for ####ty casual games but we are not going to play AAA titles or competitive titles on mobile devices!

How would you feel about this making Android consoles take off? People keep trying to make them, one day it might stick.
DemonHighwayman
I personally hope Vulkan wipes Direct X off the map. PC developers please start embracing and indeed, snogging Vulkan ! Lets see MS die ASAP.

Yeah I would love to move to Linux. I like Windows 10 overall but the automatic updates thing is really doing my head in.