DOOM – New patch adds Vulkan support

Bethesda and id Software have just released a new update for DOOM that adds Vulkan support. Yeap, PC gamers can experiment with this brand new API and see whether the game runs better thanks to it.

As id Software claimed:

“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.”

We’ll have some comparisons later today between OpenGL and Vulkan, so stay tuned for more!