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Raspberry Pi 4 adds Vulkan support

by on03 August 2022


It is only logical

The Raspberry Pi 4 has added support for a more modern Vulkan 3D API, giving the DIY cards a much-needed graphics lift.

Support isn't available yet in downloadable Pi-friendly operating systems but Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton said it should be coming soon.

 Desktop graphics on the standard Raspberry Pi OS are powered by OpenGL, the older graphics API that Vulkan is meant to replace so the upgrade means that games and other 3D Android applications should see a boost.
 
"After twenty years OpenGL was starting to look like a bad abstraction: it didn’t provide the capabilities application authors needed, and was an increasingly poor fit for how the underlying hardware worked. The result was an increasing amount of overhead and inefficiency, both in the application and in the driver stack," Upton said.
 

Vulkan 1.2 support gives developers the same 3D-graphics interface as 2019 NVIDIA graphics cards, and 2020 Intel chips with integrated graphics,. With a Vulkan 1.0 driver installed, developer Iago Toral managed to get Quake running on a Pi 4.

 

Last modified on 03 August 2022
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