Nvidia 364.47 drivers bring Vulkan support to the mainstream

— 4:13 PM on March 7, 2016

Didn't we just have a Nvidia driver update? Yes, we did. Well, here's another one. Nvidia has released version 364.47 of its graphics drivers with a big new feature: mainstream support for the Khronos Group's Vulkan API. Vulkan can be roughly described as the low-overhead counterpart of OpenGL, akin to DirectX 12. Nvidia even has a page up on its website describing the new API and links to some neat demos users can download and try for themselves.

Besides support for the new API, the 364.47 drivers pack new SLI profiles for Hitman and The Technomancer. Nvidia says Rise of the Tomb Raider is now "3D Vision Ready," though a number of titles like Far Cry: Primal and Need for Speed have been tagged "not recommended" when it comes to 3D support. The company also says the new release has Game Ready optimizations for The Division, Hitman, Need for Speed, Ashes of the Singularity, and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Still missing is any mention of support for DirectX 12 asynchronous compute shaders, though, something the company has said it needs to enable in a driver update.

A word of warning, though. There have been reports of problems when installing these drivers. Affected users apparently end up with their Windows installations stuck in a blue-screen loop. Nvidia has already acknowledged the problem, stating that it's related to multi-monitor setups. The company is "actively investigating the issue," and recommends that users disconnect one of their monitors during driver installation. Users already bitten by this bug can use Windows' Safe Mode to revert to a previous driver version.

Users can download the new drivers for Windows 10 here, and for previous versions of Windows here. For the full details on this release, check out the release notes.

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