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Bethesda Partners Up With AMD To Optimize Games For Vega And Ryzen

Bethesda Partners Up With AMD To Optimize Games For Vega And Ryzen

During its Capsaicin and Cream event at GDC 2017, AMD talked a bit about its upcoming Vega graphics cards. The company revealed that their next-gen GPUs will be called as RX Vega rather than RX 500 series. The bigger news, was when Raja Koduri announced a special partnership with Bethesda in which the studio will optimize its games for Vega and Ryzen..

“This is a true engineering collaboration between the companies, not just kind of marketing or branding stuff,” he said. “We have dedicated engineers on both sides working on optimizations and leveraging multiple cores, and all the new features in the Radeon GPUs.”

This could be a big deal for both of them. Bethesda is the name behind some of the biggest games in the industry – DOOM, The Elder Scrolls series, and Dishonored to name a few. One of the main goals of this partnership is to facilitate the implementation of Vulkan API, a low resource head API based on AMD’s Mantle, in addition to the new technologies introduced with Ryzen and Vega.

“This is a disruptive moment in the industry as games demand increasingly more power from today’s graphics architectures to deliver detailed worlds and characters at ever higher resolutions, frame rates, and quality settings,” a press release reads. “Working independently, game developers and graphics companies will eventually address the challenges of this new era of gaming; but working in close collaboration, the pace of that progress can advance exponentially.”

A glimpse of the same was offered by DOOM,  for which AMD and Bethesda worked together to support the Vulkan API, making it the first AAA title to do so. Now, this announcement definitely means we can expect more games running on Vulkan.

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