The Raspberry Pi 4 has been upgraded with Vulkan API 1.2 support
The Raspberry Pi 4 has just gotten even more impressive
Published: 4th August 2022 | Source: Raspberry Pi |
The Raspberry Pi 4 now has more 3D gaming potential thanks to its newly added Vulkan 1.2 support
The Raspberry Pi 4 now has a new feature up its sleeve, Vulkan 1.2 support. Thanks to this add-on, users of the Raspberry Pi 4 mini PC can now access the power of the unit's GPU in a more modern and robust way. This change will come as good news for 3D developers that support the Raspberry Pi ecosystem, and for developers for Android games for the platform.
Soon, downloadable versions of the Raspberry Pi friendly operating system should be available that offer users support for Vulkan 1.2, giving users the benefits of a modern 3D graphics API. Vulkan 1.2 is currently used with many modern games and applications, with the Vulkan API being popular for many modern PC games and most 3D Android games.
Some support for additional Vulkan extensions have also been added to the Raspberry Pi, laying the groundwork for eventual Vulkan 1.3 support, paving the way towards stronger 3D graphics support for the Raspberry Pi 4 and future Raspberry Pi devices. All changes that are required for Vulkan 1.2 support have been added to the Raspberry Pi's upstream x3dv Mesa driver, which will become available with future Raspberry Pi OS updates.
The addition of Vulkan 1.2 support will not magically increase the performance of capabilities of existing Raspberry Pi software, but it will give developers new options that will allow them to better exploit the hardware capabilities of the Raspberry Pi 4. This will be especially true for developers who are moving away from OpenGL, the Khronos Group's legacy API that was replaced by Vulkan back in 2016.