Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation Vulkan Support Soon

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2017 - 10:00 PM |
Tagged: pc gaming, oxide, Oxide Games, vulkan

Oxide Games has been mentioned all throughout the development of the next-generation graphics APIs, DirectX 12, Mantle, and Vulkan. Their Star Swarm “stress test” was one of the first practical examples of a game that desperately needs to make a lot of draw calls. Also, their rendering algorithm is very different from the other popular game engines, where lighting is performed on the object rather than the screen, which the new APIs help out with.

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Currently, Ashes of the Singularity supports DirectX 11 and DirectX 12, but Vulkan will be added soon. Oxide will be pushing the new graphics api in the 2.4 update, bringing increased CPU performance to all OSes but especially Windows 7 and 8 (neither of which support DirectX 12), and a free DLC pack that contains nine co-op maps. They also plan to continue optimizing Ashes of the Singularity for Vulkan in the future.

All of this will be available on Thursday, August 24th.


August 20, 2017 | 12:06 AM - Posted by Richard_Stallman (not verified)

I recall the devs once saying that Linux support would be added/looked into once it runs on Vulkan, any word on that?

August 20, 2017 | 01:14 AM - Posted by FlightlessTuxBirdsInF22s (not verified)

According to Phoronix:

"Stardock confirmed earlier this year their Vulkan port doesn't necessarily mean Linux support, but it opens it up for possibly seeing a port in the future."(1)

(1)

"Ashes of the Singularity Gets Vulkan Port Next Week, Linux Remains M.I.A.

Written by Michael Larabel in Vulkan on 16 August 2017 at 08:26 AM EDT. 29 Comments"

http://phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Ashes-Vulkan-Next-Week

August 20, 2017 | 12:14 PM - Posted by DeliciousBRidgeCrumpets (not verified)

Also this at reddit(1) posted on 8/20/2017: And that A12-9800 is coming and needs to be benchmarked now that home system builders can get the BR SKUs(the OEM BR APU strangle hold ends).

7th Gen A12 9800 APU Specifications

# of CPU Cores 4 | # of GPU Cores 8 | Compute Cores12 (4 CPU + 8 GPU)

Base Clock Speed 3.8GHz | Max Turbo Core Speed 4.2GHz

Total L2 Cache 2MB | L1-I Cache 192 KB | L1-D Cache 128 KB

Excavator v2 2M / 4T

PCIe 3.0 x8

Unlocked No | CMOS 28nm | Package AM4

PCI Express Version PCIe 3.0 x8

Default TDP / TDP 65W | Max Temps 90°C

Max Memory Speed 2400MHz | Memory Type DDR4 | Memory Channels 2

Graphics Frequency 1108 MHz | Graphics Model Radeon™ R7 Series | IGP SPs 512

Display Port Yes | HDMI Yes

Product Family AMD A-Series Processors

Product Line AMD A12-Series APU for Desktops

Platform Desktop

Chipsets AM4: B350, A320, X/B/A300

"[Photo]Fry's Pricing for X4-950 and A6-9500 $59.99; A12-9800 $109.99 (Not Yet in Stock: Releasing Monday?)"

https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/6uu9d9/frys_pricing_for_x4950_and_...

August 20, 2017 | 06:54 PM - Posted by quest4glory

After buying and playing a bit of the game, I felt it was a solution in search of a problem, rather than a really good idea for, and execution of, a game.

August 21, 2017 | 08:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous331f (not verified)

I don't cares. I don't plays this game.

August 22, 2017 | 02:57 AM - Posted by Anony (not verified)

It's about as popular as the average RTS game. Not everything needs to be Call of Duty or Battlefield, and games can do a lot more when they target a niche and don't need extremely wide mainstream appeal.

Also, people care because more Vulkan is always good, regardless of the game, because it means less reliance on DirectX and Microsoft, who is nowadays more of a malware distributor than anything else

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