Vulkan Graphics API Support Coming To DOTA 2 Next Week

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, May 19, 2016 3:18 PM
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It looks like players of DotA 2 will be able to experience the power of the Vulkan API very soon, possibly some time in the next week. Having last year been treated to an overhaul via the Source 2 engine, now Dota players will be able to enjoy all the benefits that Vulkan promises to offer.

In theory, this means faster performance due to a lighter workload on the CPU, meaning that the game will run better across all hardware. This will be Valve’s first game on the new API, meaning that Valve intends for this to become the standard across all future titles - much in the same way as the Source 2 engine will be utilised.

This news comes via reddit, where a Valve developer said “We’re going to release vulkan support soon, probably sometime next week.” Steamdb has also updated with a bunch of Vulkan references, so it’s clear that the rollout is already well underway.

What do you Dota 2 players think of this news? Let us know how you feel about the Vulkan API and how much difference it will really make.

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06:57 May-21-2016

ggwp

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19:47 May-20-2016

I have never played DOTA, but I find this news very exciting. I hope Vulkan continues to gain ground with developers.

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14:44 May-20-2016

This will bring a performance boost for low end machines hopefully. For the rest I dont think there will be a difference as the game is pretty light. (Although not as LoL)

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07:04 May-25-2016

hopefully it will come to LoL

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08:25 May-20-2016

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I just uninstalled Dota in favour to CSGO, Hopefully it'll come to csgo

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14:43 May-20-2016

I wouldnt bet on that. Its not even on Source 2. And its significantly harder to make too. There was a bunch of bugs on dota 2 when the Source 2 version was released. Visual bugs, mechanics bugs and even latency bugs etc. Now these were quite the serious problem but on CS:GO they could be gamebreaking.

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00:01 May-20-2016

Even though I don't play DOTA, I'm very interested to see how this turns out. If it works as well as is claimed I think Vulkan could be the best thing to happen to PC gaming in a long time.

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18:09 May-19-2016

Vulkan is based on AMD Mantle API so don't get hyped yet. The same thing happened with Mantle and now is dead.

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19:30 May-19-2016

It's based on openGL not mantle though it works a lot like dx12 but not limited to windows 10

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20:36 May-19-2016

"Vulkan is derived from and built upon components of AMD's Mantle API, which was donated by AMD to Khronos with the intent of giving Khronos a foundation on which to begin developing a low-level API."


Can you check your info?

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13:17 May-25-2016

The Vulkan API was initially referred to as the "next generation OpenGL initiative" by Khronos, but use of those names were discontinued once the Vulkan...

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13:22 May-25-2016

It is based on some parts of mantle but was made as a the next openGL anyway Vulkan seems to be good as developers don't use dx12 to it's full potential

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20:13 May-19-2016

Mantle might not have been great or revolutionary but without it non one would have even bothered to improve APIs.
Competition is good bro.

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20:37 May-19-2016

I totally agree with competition but lets not throw our selfs in front of promises even if a couple of Vulkan oriented testing got good results. Lets wait and see how it develops.

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22:32 May-19-2016

You're not right. Vulkan does have Mantle built in but it is based on OpenGL because the people who made OpenGL have made Vulkan. But Vulkan works alot like DirectX 12. Its backed up by many big companies and its not limited to 1 operating system. It can only improve in the future and it is the future.

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00:41 May-21-2016

You could not be more wrong lol, also Vulkan might be one of the best things that could happened in PC Gaming in last 5-10 years.

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17:04 May-19-2016

So how much FPS boost is predicted on toasters?

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18:08 May-19-2016

can my geforce fx5200 play dota 2 at 60 fps at 1080p ?

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18:35 May-19-2016

it depends if the toaster has vulkan drivers and isn't using an old legacy driver which doesn't support vulkan. in short relatively newer gpus should face a performance boost.

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16:52 May-19-2016

I have a question. Vulcan automatically is installed on my PC. Now the question:
How to launch it?
I already play dota 2 at 120 fps, no need for more.

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17:19 May-19-2016

How is it installed automaticly? I want to install it to if its for better gaming, just tell me how?

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18:42 May-19-2016

I have no idea. Maybe windows update or else..

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19:09 May-19-2016

It ben installed when I updated NVIDIA drivers on my PC.

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00:43 May-21-2016

Correct, nVidia installs the drivers with Vulkan from now on.

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15:58 May-19-2016

what is Vulkan API?

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16:02 May-19-2016

Like DirectX but better.

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16:09 May-19-2016

I have just read something about it, can u tell me more if u know?

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16:37 May-19-2016

It's the successor to OpenGL.

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20:39 May-19-2016

Actually is build on Mantle API not OpenGL. AMD donated the Mantle to Khronos since they did not managed to provide a good support for it.

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15:30 May-19-2016

Question: Will their older games like Half-Life 2 also get Vulkan support?

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16:52 May-19-2016

Chances of that happening are lower than Trump saying something smart or not bloody bad. Furthermore, there is no need of that since they pretty much run on any dx9 compatible hardware and can run it with high 60 fps. My laptop with r5 m255 can 60FPS on highest setting play HF2 and older games like that.

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