Ahead of the curve, Nvidia acts quickly to add Vulkan support to its GPUs

new drivers make nvidia the first to support both directx 12 and vulkan outside of beta api talos

Yesterday, Nvidia freshly released a WHQL-certified driver pack intended for GeForce graphics cards, bringing support for the Vulkan API nearly a month after the Khronos Group unleashed its OpenGL successor unto the world. Similar to Microsoft’s DirectX 12 alternative, Vulkan boasts less driver overhead as well as a ‘closer to the metal’ relationship to the GPU. As a result, it’s considered an improvement over both AMD’s Mantle API and OpenGL.

Though there aren’t many games or apps that actually support the Vulkan kernel featured in Nvidia’s GeForce 364.47 driver, it’s been added as feature Nvidia hopes developers will inevitably take advantage of. Nonetheless, Nvidia has positioned itself advantageously against the competition as a result of being the first company to support both DirectX 12 and Vulkan in a complete, non-beta state.

Despite headlining the most recent GeForce driver update, Vulkan isn’t the only feature that’s been added. In fact, there’s a slew of ‘Game Ready’ optimizations now applicable to some of the most recent game releases. These include Tom Clancy’s The Division, out now, and Need for Speed, whose PC port launches on March 15.

Other titles with these optimizations added include the “Intro Pack” to IO Interactive’s episodic Hitman reboot in addition to Ashes of the Singularity. Meanwhile, a handful of new SLI profiles have been added as well, including those for HitmanThe Technomancer, and Zui Zhong Bing Qi (Ultimate Weapon). And, lastly, numerous bugs have been patched out of an assortment of well-known titles.

This is obviously a competitive move for Nvidia, who has historically been ahead of the curve in its GPU software support. You can acquire the 364.47 drivers automatically using GeForce experience, or alternatively, download a manual installer from the Nvidia website.


Rumored AMD Radeon RX 5600 could compete with Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Ti

AMD may have an RX 5600 RDNA-based graphics card in the works to help it better compete with Nvidia's powerful GTX 1660 Ti. Such a card would need to be faster than an RX 590, though, and with 4GB of GDDR6, that seems suspect.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.

Upgrade your gaming rig with our favorite graphics cards for every budget

If you're serious about games, a good graphics card is essential. There’s no one-size-fits-all option for graphics cards, but our recommendations can help you pick from the best graphics cards for your needs.

How to change your Gmail password whenever you want in just a few quick steps

Regularly updating your passwords is a good way to stay secure online, but each site and service has their own way of doing it. Here's a quick guide on how to change your Gmail password in a few short steps.

Lost without Print Screen? Here's how to take a screenshot on your Mac

Whether you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts or applications such as Grab and Preview, this guide will teach you how to take a screenshot on a Mac. Once you know how, you'll be able to capture images within seconds.

Listen up Apple: Here’s how to fix the Touch Bar once and for all

If you’re wondering what the point of the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar is, you’re not alone. We know it’s got potential, but it’s never managed to hit the heights of what it promised. Here’s what Apple must do to change it for the…

Converting files from MKV to MP4 is quick and easy. Just follow these steps

MKV files have their place, but if you would rather convert your videos from MKV to MP4, there are two methods we consider the best and most efficient for getting it done. In this guide, we'll walk you through them step by step.

Google Chrome 76 will stop websites from seeing users in Incognito Mode

Google Chrome 76 will implement a fix that will stop websites from detecting visitors who are in Incognito Mode. Google acknowledged that the change will complicate matters for publishers who have metered paywalls on their news websites.

Be forewarned, these free MMORPGs will slay your spare time

Have ample time on your hands and an unquenchable thirst to beat, battle, and blast your way through worlds of fantasy and sci-fi splendor? Check out our picks for the best free MMORPGs.

Here's how to download a YouTube video to watch offline later

Learning how to download YouTube videos is easier than you might think. There are tools you can use both online and offline. This step-by-step guide will instruct you on how to use them.

Need to rip audio from a video? Here's how to download music from YouTube

Ripping audio from YouTube has never been easier, but with so many tools on offer, which is the best? Our guide will teach you how to download music from YouTube with two different tools. Just proceed with caution.

M4A is great for quality, but not for storage. Here's how to convert to MP3

Despite its remarkable ability to retain audio fidelity at a smaller size, M4A files aren't the best when it comes to compatibility. Check out our basic guide on how to convert M4A files to MP3.

If you work in an office, you should know how to recall an email in Outlook

If you're an outlook user who sent an angry email and really wish you hadn't, then you're in luck. There are ways to recall that email, but you'll have to act fast. Here's how to recall an email in outlook.