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Unity3D has plans to support Vulkan in the next quarter

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Google is currently doing their big I/O developer conference today and Unity developers are attending. It seems Vulkan is firmly in their sights.

I first noticed it from a tweet, but when asking for further clarification I was linked only to a feature request to support Vulkan which didn't fill me with hope.

It seems it's true though, as Gamasutra has also now confirmed the news as they have been watching it as well, to quote them:
QuoteHe went on to note that Unity plans to launch support for OpenGL successor Vulkan next quarter.


Pretty exciting news. Mainly due to how many developers use Unity, which is rather a lot.

Details are pretty light right now, since it was only just announced, but I will update you on any new information I get.

Remember though, not many developers tend to upgrade their previous games to new Unity versions, so the amount of games using it will slowly build up. Vulkan also isn't a magic fix for Linux performance, but it should help somewhat.

I was wondering how long it would take Unity to actually confirm they will be supporting Vulkan, since they are part of the Khronos group now. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Pecisk 19 May 2016 at 5:54 pm UTC
About damn time!

Vulkan will help small indie games to run better on Intel graphics. It might be a huge boon for Steam Machines.
bubexel 19 May 2016 at 5:57 pm UTC
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OMG! it's really good new! i can wait to see hwo much fps i can reach on Rust and compare it with windows the war of fps is comming!
neowiz73 19 May 2016 at 6:32 pm UTC
thank goodness for Android/Google pushing Vulkan because this will help the overall adoption of Vulkan into the mainstream.
can't wait to see ARK get a Vulkan update although it won't be anytime soon it would seem.
pete910 19 May 2016 at 6:35 pm UTC
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Just need epic to push Vulkan more now
Kimyrielle 19 May 2016 at 6:50 pm UTC
pete910Just need epic to push Vulkan more now

Seeing how critical Epic Games has been of Microsoft lately, throwing their weight behind Vulkan should be a fairly natural thing for them to do.
Kiba 19 May 2016 at 6:58 pm UTC
Maybe this makes Verdun playable LOL
Teal 19 May 2016 at 6:59 pm UTC
Vulkan would be great in KSP...
Spyker 19 May 2016 at 7:04 pm UTC
Don't hold your breath guys.
Unreal's Vulkan support is only available for Android right now.
I wouldn't be surprised if Unity build it for the Google's platform first.
STiAT 19 May 2016 at 8:14 pm UTC
Untiy3D developers were at vulkan talks frequently, were even showing demos of unity3d running on Android using Vulkan, so being at the IO is no big surprise, and that they're going with the google path for Android isn't surprising either.

No mention of support for PCs though, but it's a clear goal for Android.

I don't get my hopes up, but once they have vulkan support, the way to support it on PC platform / Linux/OSX/Windows may not be that far away.


Last edited by STiAT on 19 May 2016 at 8:15 pm UTC
lucinos 19 May 2016 at 8:20 pm UTC
SpykerDon't hold your breath guys.
Unreal's Vulkan support is only available for Android right now.
I wouldn't be surprised if Unity build it for the Google's platform first.

Android for now is the most important Vulkan platform with the most benefit so worth more experimenting first there. But in the long run not synchronizing vulkan support on other platform is just nonsense so of course Vulkan will soon come to all supported platforms.
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