Rise of the Tomb Raider gets DirectX12 update

Mar

13

2016

The Windows version of Rise of the Tomb Raider has been updated so that the game can use version 12 of the DirectX API. This should lead to a better distribution of the workload across all the cores of the CPU and thus to higher frame rates.

The update to version 1.0.638.6 has been released on March 11 by the Utrecht studio Nixxes, responsible for the Windows port of the game. The introduction of DirectX 12 also means that the game can now use asynchronous compute with compatible graphics cards, making the computing power of graphics cards efficiently and on a more continuous basis can be utilized. Nixxes promises that the update next async compaction and improved performance also possible to CPUs with many core features to further reduce the graphics of the game. For example, the update introduces voxel-based ambient occlusion, which should provide improved lighting effects. Of these, the Dutch studio says there when it is available only with NVIDIA Maxwell graphics cards in DirectX 11.

Players of the game report mixed benchmark results based on the latest update. Thus, there is in a topic regularly reported on NeoGAF that the maximum-fps not or hardly increase in the use of DX12, but that the frame rate fluctuates less, which eventually also leads to a finer game experience. Since DirectX12 is still a relatively young api and this is the first moment of implementation for this game, can reasonably be expected to Nixxes further optimizations will perform in the future. May offer future driver updates from AMD and Nvidia also performance improvements.

The game is due to update one of the first that utilizes Microsoft’s latest version of the graphics API. The very first game that does that is Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Which came on March 1 from the Windows Store. Games like Ashes of the Singularity and Unreal Tournament make even using DirectX12, but these games have not seen any official release. DirectX12 is available exclusively for Windows 10.

The Windows version of Rise of the Tomb Raider has been available since January 28th. The Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of the game are already on sale since November 13, 2015. In the fourth quarter, the PlayStation 4 version of the latest Tomb Raider game on the market. Microsoft has agreed exclusivity period by publisher Square Enix. Tweakers also has a review made ​​of the Xbox One version of the game.

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