The Khronos Group has released a new version of Vulkan, featuring vendor-agnostic support for Ray Tracing. As such, developers using Vulkan 1.2.162 can enable Ray Tracing effects on both AMD and NVIDIA hardware.
Vulkan 1.2.162 includes the finalized versions of VK_KHR_acceleration_structure, VK_KHR_ray_tracing_pipeline, VK_KHR_ray_query, VK_KHR_pipeline_library, and VK_KHR_deferred_host_operations.
As The Khronos Group noted, the Vulkan ray-tracing specification now has the support of AMD, Arm, EA, Epic Games, Facebook, Imagination, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Samsung, Unity, Valve, and other stakeholders.
Do note that games already using Vulkan Ray Tracing will only work on NVIDIA’s hardware. In order for these games to work with AMD’s hardware, developers will have to implement this latest version of the Ray Tracing extensions in their games. Right now, there are only two games using NVIDIA’s Vulkan Ray Tracing extensions. These are Quake II RTX and Wolfenstein Youngblood.
Stay tuned for more!