Ashes of the Singularity rolled out its v2.4 update with a list of changes from user interface to gameplay and even a boost to Vulkan API support. The game is first of its kind to support Microsoft’s DirectX 12 that allowed it to achieve significant performance gains. Now it supports Vulkan API as well. The full breakdown of all the new features is mentioned below:
- UI: A full menu reworking makes the game more accessible with new orbital ability icons, improved chat displays, and more.
- Campaign and scenarios: Several scenarios and all three campaigns have been updated to refine difficulty levels, adjust to the changes of previous updates, and improve the user experience.
- Modding: Modders have access to more parts of the game and will benefit from several changes that make modding more intuitive.
- Balance: Changes to air units, anti-air, drones, and dreadnoughts will improve strategic diversity. The Substrate receives some additional changes in order to differentiate themselves from the PHC.
- Vulkan support: This graphics-rendering API offers enhanced OS compatibility and performance.
- Updated benchmark: The benchmark has been updated so that players can see how well their PC runs under Vulkan.
Gamers will now be able to benchmark the differences between Vulkan and DirectX 12 on Ashes of the Singularity. The problem with DirectX 12 is that its limited to Windows 10 where as Vulkan is supported up previous version of Windows (up till win 7) and Linux.
The advantage of Vulkan and DX 12 is that bothe new APIs allow each CPU core to access video card simultaneously. Previous APIs (DirectX 11, OpenGL) provided only synchronous access to the hardware which caused substantial performance bottlenecks on some types of games such as Ashes of the Singularity.
Real-time strategy, simulation, and other genres of games rely on parallel computing in order to perform better since there’s so much happening on a single screen simultaneously. Have you tried the Vulkan update for Ashes of the Singularity yet? Let us know what you think about the Vulkan support in the comments below.