You can sign up to get a daily email of our articles, see the Mailing List page!
Support me on Patreon to keep GamingOnLinux alive. This ensures we have no timed articles and no paywalls. Just good, fresh content! We will also never show adverts to anyone who supports GamingOnLinux! Alternatively, you can support me on Paypal.

War Thunder may replace OpenGL and DirectX 9 with Vulkan in "the near future"

Posted by , / 4937 views

War Thunder [Official Site], the free to play cross-platform MMO may gain Vulkan support in "the near future" the developers have said.

In their "Answers from developers!" post was this question (I've cropped the quotes to the relevent bits):

"Will there be Vulcan АPI […]"

In reply, the developers said this:

Vulcan is very interesting to us and we support its development (link). We hope that it might replace OpenGL in the Linux and Windows versions in the near future, and possibly Direct X 9.0. That depends on whether graphics card manufacturers support it. […]

I think people will forever be spelling Vulkan incorrectly.

It's good news to see more developers considering it. Not only can it potentially improve performance, but it's an open API and good news for Linux gaming if more developers use it. War Thunder already support Linux, but the more, the better.

Thanks for the tip in our Telegram Group, Uriel!

18 Likes, Who?
m0nt3 1 September 2017 at 3:27 pm UTC
Excellent news for me, I love War Thunder and just started playing it recently when I found out it was on linux. Now I have over 200 hours in it already, according to steam.
mirv 1 September 2017 at 6:11 pm UTC
View PC info
  • Supporter
Dropping DX9 is not something they'd do lightly I imagine. This kind of decision would only be done after looking at what hardware & software configurations their user base is using; not all drivers support Vulkan.

Unless they're talking about an Avro Vulcan. Not sure how that could replace a graphics API though.
Schattenspiegel 2 September 2017 at 12:46 am UTC
For the Linux version it would be awesome - we might actually hope to get properly working anti aliasing then instead of fx-screenblur-aa.
That would only leave 5.1/7.1 surround sound on my wish list then.
Jahimself 2 September 2017 at 12:42 pm UTC
Good news, the game already works like a charm, and is very beautiful.
jaycee 2 September 2017 at 5:56 pm UTC
mirvDropping DX9 is not something they'd do lightly I imagine. This kind of decision would only be done after looking at what hardware & software configurations their user base is using; not all drivers support Vulkan.

Vulkan is still an optional component on Windows, so it would be rather silly of them to drop DX9. Sure, they could just package an installer for Vulkan along with the game as a dependency, but then they are opening themselves to more support problems.

Same on Linux really - dropping GL limits the hardware they can run on, which in turn limits the customers able to run the game. Granted that Linux users are typically a bit more tech savvy and can upgrade their drivers to provide Vulkan, but there is still hardware that might be able to run a GL 3.x renderer but not a Vulkan one.
Teal 2 September 2017 at 7:03 pm UTC
View PC info
  • Supporter
SchattenspiegelFor the Linux version it would be awesome - we might actually hope to get properly working anti aliasing then instead of fx-screenblur-aa.
That would only leave 5.1/7.1 surround sound on my wish list then.

If your GPU can handle it, you can change the backgroundScale:r=1 parameter in config.blk to a number higher than 1 for true multisampling. My GTX1080 could handle 2x oversampling at 1920x1200 (so, downsample from 3840x2400) with still stable +60fps on otherwise generally very high or maxed settings. And it looks fantastic.

You might have to make the the config.blk file read only afterwards before launching the game - as it's an unsupported value, the game will try to revert it, otherwise.


Last edited by Teal at 2 September 2017 at 7:04 pm UTC
TheRiddick 3 September 2017 at 7:08 am UTC
I FKN HOPE SO, I've only been badgering Gaijin about VulkanAPI for like EVER. I guess they finally got sick of my comments now and again about it...

The game in my testing is not particularly fast with AMD hardware with very high settings, so I think Vulkan could definitely fix those nasty FPS drops at the very least.


Last edited by TheRiddick at 3 September 2017 at 7:11 am UTC
saildata 3 September 2017 at 10:45 am UTC
View PC info
  • Supporter
[quote=Teal]
Schattenspiegel[...] You might have to make the the config.blk file read only afterwards before launching the game - as it's an unsupported value, the game will try to revert it, otherwise.

Good time to point out the art of chattr +i file Unless you've gone through a more elaborate user/group management setup for Steam, it has the same file access rights you do on game files. If you make it read only (e.g. with chmod) then Steam could just overwrite that.

That's where chattr (change file attributes, see also lsattr, list attributes). When the file is made immutable not even root can modify, delete, rename, symlink or hardlink it.

There are some caveats w/r/t root access, but if Steam has root access on your machine, you have bigger problems than protecting a game config

Hopefully that helps anyone who needs to lock down a file. (Remember '+' adds the attribute, and '-' removes it)
pedrojmartm 4 September 2017 at 2:45 am UTC
I play the game on Windows and Linux, but with linux i have a 30-40% performance lost. So, i hope vulkan can reduce the FPS gap between Windows and Linux version.
TheRiddick 4 September 2017 at 2:47 am UTC
pedrojmartmI play the game on Windows and Linux, but with linux i have a 30-40% performance lost. So, i hope vulkan can reduce the FPS gap between Windows and Linux version.
Yep, same, However you will also notice on the Linux/OpenGL render it has ALLOT more low fps dips, like there will be areas where it hits 20fps (even looking in certain directions) or something for no reason.
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on Patreon. We have no adverts, no paywalls, no timed exclusive articles. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

We also accept Paypal donations! If you already are, thank you!

Due to spam you need to Register and Login to comment.


Or login with...

Livestreams & Videos
Community Livestreams
  • hatniX plays: Neverending Nightmares
  • Date:
See more!
Popular this week
View by Category
Contact
Latest Forum Posts
Facebook