The awesome GameCube and Wii emulator Dolphin has officially dropped support for the D3D12 API in favour of going all-in with Vulkan.
In their progress report posted yesterday they detailed their reasoning. It mainly boils down to the fact that their Vulkan renderer was performing just as good as DirectX 12:
QuoteGoing forward, we're going to continue to optimize the existing graphics backends. In our testing, the Vulkan backend was as fast as, or nearly as fast as the D3D12 backend in every benchmark. While different drivers and graphics cards will not all perform identically, we're confident that moving forward the Vulkan backend will be able to handle the burden of users seeking the benefits of the newer graphics APIs.
This makes me happy to read, since it's another win for Vulkan, which is going to be pretty damn important for the future of Linux gaming as a whole.
I don't really use emulators myself, but I consider them really important since eventually old systems just vanish. I personally see no problem using them, especially if you own the games and the system already.
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