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Sunday, Mar 19, 2017

  

Star Citizen Swapping DX12 for Vulkan

A post to the RSI Community Forums explains a change in plans for Star Citizen. In response to a question on the topic, Cloud Imperium’s Alistair Brown explains they are now planning to support the Vulkan graphics API instead of DirectX 12 in their spaceflight game (thanks DSOGaming). Among other advantages, this will not require the use of Windows 10. He explains their reasoning in full here:

Years ago we stated our intention to support DX12, but since the introduction of Vulkan which has the same feature set and performance advantages this seemed a much more logical rendering API to use as it doesn't force our users to upgrade to Windows 10 and opens the door for a single graphics API that could be used on all Windows 7, 8, 10 & Linux. As a result our current intention is to only support Vulkan and eventually drop support for DX11 as this shouldn't effect any of our backers. DX12 would only be considered if we found it gave us a specific and substantial advantage over Vulkan. The API's really aren't that different though, 95% of the work for these APIs is to change the paradigm of the rendering pipeline, which is the same for both APIs.

Steam Top 10

Here's the new list of bestselling titles on Steam for the week gone by. Now with 80% less Ghost Recon Wildlands:

  1. NieR:Automata
  2. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
  3. H1Z1: King of the Kill
  4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  5. Total War: WARHAMMER
  6. Oxygen Not Included
  7. DOOM
  8. BioShock: The Collection
  9. Grand Theft Auto V
  10. HITMAN

Sunday Patches

Op Ed

The Libertarian Republic - Open World Video Games Appeal to Everyone's Inner Libertarian.
"Open world games are so popular because they offer something to the consumer that few other forms of entertainment media can: freedom. Freedom to roam to anywhere one pleases, and to do anything one wants in any order. This is the future of entertainment media, the idea that an audience member can not only interact with what they are experiencing, but fundamentally change it based on her own preferences. But what makes this even more interesting is that the demand for more and more open world gaming in the market speaks to the truth of something Dr. Ron Paul has been practically immortalized as having said: freedom is popular."

Sunday Interviews

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

  • HAVIT HV-KB389L RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Nikk Tech.
  • IQI i3 Android Smartwatch on Mad Shrimps.

etc.

Out of the Blue

I spoke too soon when bragging on getting out of shoveling when the snowstorm missed us yesterday. I got a text from my contractor saying the dumpster will be picked up at the crack of dawn tomorrow, so it mustn't be blocked. At first I dismissed this, as we aren't parked in front of it. But then I realized I didn't bother to shovel it out completely because, well, dumpster. So I guess I'll have to head out there today at take care of some business. The sun has been working on the snow, so the piles are smaller, but I'm guessing there are some layers of ice in there, so I may be ringing out winter in style today.

R.I.P.: A Father Of Rock 'N' Roll, Chuck Berry Dies At 90.
R.I.P.: Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Redcliff Riots.
Stories: Chuck Berry- Seven of the king of rock 'n' roll's best songs.
Science: Solar System Could Have More Than 100 Planets.
Southwest Airlines Finally Doing Away With Pneumatic Tubes, Paper Tickets. Thanks Slashdot.
Media: Troll - Epic NPC Man (When the Horde enters Alliance territory in World of Warcraft).
Declassified Nuclear Test. Why wouldn't you want people to know you were stockpiling these?
Autocomplete Interview (NSFW).
The Funnies: Not your father’s Zelda « EXTRALIFE.



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