Medan DirectX idag är en vedertagen standard inom spelindustrin har AMD ett eget alternativ på gång – Mantle. Programmeringsgränssnittet (API) och tillhörande drivrutin ska framförallt ge bättre prestanda, men även underlätta vid utveckling av multiplattformstitlar för PC och den nya generationens spelkonsoler. Först ut med Mantle är Battlefield 4 med spelmotorn Frostbite 3, som även kommer användas av mer än 15 andra spel från Electronic Arts.
Medan spekulationerna går heta om att enbart titlar med spelmotorn Frostbite 3 kommer använda Mantle, går nu AMD ut med tre nya samarbetspartner. Nu ansluter sig Cloud Imperium Games med Star Citizen och spelmotorn Cryengine (4th gen.), Eidos Montreal med Thief och Unreal Engine 3, samt Oxide Games med Nitrous och en egenutvecklad spelmotor.
Mantle ska bland annat leverera nio gånger fler ritanrop per sekund än DirectX och minska overhead på CPU. Gränssnittet gör det även möjligt för programmerare att arbeta närmare hårdvaran och få direktåtkomst till grafikprocessorns funktioner med AMD:s arkitektur GCN, som används i Radeon HD 7000-serien och framåt. Därtill talar AMD om "perfekt parallellisering" med flera processorkärnor.
Vilka prestandaförbättringar Mantle kan väntas ge i förhållande till DirectX är fortfarande inte känt. Fler detaljer kommer dock avtäckas på utvecklarkonferensen APU13, där DICE kommer diskutera Battlefield 4 och rendering med Mantle.
AMD's Revolutionary Mantle Graphics API Adopted by Industry Leading Game Developers Cloud Imperium, Eidos-Montreal and Oxide
New Developers Join AMD to Advance PC Game Performance Improvements and Simplify PC Game Development With Close-to-the-Metal API for AMD Radeon(TM) GPUs and APUs
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/04/13 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced three new game developer partnerships for Mantle, its highly acclaimed, groundbreaking graphics API. Cloud Imperium Games, Eidos-Montréal™, a part of the Square Enix® Group, and Oxide Games are the latest game developers to join AMD in optimizing the way PC games are developed to extract maximum performance from a modern graphics architecture that spans desktop PCs, notebooks and consumer devices like tablets.
"AMD is proud to play an instrumental role in transforming the world of game development with Mantle," said Ritche Corpus, director of ISV gaming and alliances, AMD. "With the support and close collaboration between AMD and industry-leading game developers like Cloud Imperium, Eidos-Montréal and Oxide, Mantle can maximize optimization for highly anticipated PC titles, bringing an unparalleled gaming experience for players."
Cloud Imperium Games is currently developing "Star Citizen," the highly anticipated, crowd-funded PC space simulator from legendary game designer Chris Roberts.
"AMD's Mantle will allow us to extract more performance from an AMD Radeon GPU than any other graphics API," said Chris Roberts, CEO, Cloud Imperium Games. "Mantle is vitally important for a game like Star Citizen, which is being designed with the need for massive GPU horsepower. With Mantle, our team can spend more time achieving our perfect artistic vision, and less time worrying about whether or not today's gaming hardware will be ready to deliver it."
Eidos-Montréal is the studio behind "THIEF™," an upcoming first-person stealth adventure set for release in February 2014. Eidos-Montréal also developed "DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION®," an AMD Gaming Evolved title.
"Mantle lets you use AMD Radeon GPUs the way they are meant to be used, unlocking many new opportunities and increased CPU and GPU performance," said David Anfossi, studio head, Eidos-Montréal. "Because of this, Mantle is one of the most important changes to PC graphics in many years."
Helmed by industry veterans, Oxide Games is designing the new "Nitrous" engine for 64-bit, multi-core processors.
"AMD's Mantle technology lets us get more out of the hardware than any other solution available," said Dan Baker, co-founder, Oxide Games. "Adding Mantle support to our multi-platform, 64-bit Nitrous engine realizes significant gains in performance on Mantle-enabled hardware without adding enormous development overhead."
Cloud Imperium Games, Eidos-Montréal and Oxide Games will join AMD and DICE in speaking about Mantle architecture and implementation at the AMD Developer Summit (APU 13), running Nov. 11-14 in San Jose, Calif. In addition, Oxide Games will be showing a public sneak preview of Mantle performance at the event.
For those interested, complimentary access to all APU 13 keynote sessions is available by registering online, in limited numbers while quantities last. Notable keynote speakers include: Dr. Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager, Global Business Units, AMD; Johan Andersson, technical director, DICE; Dominic Mallinson, vice president, research and development, Sony; and Mark Papermaster, chief technology officer, AMD.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information, visit www.amd.com.
About Cloud Imperium Games
Cloud Imperium Games Corporation and its subsidiary Roberts Space Industries was founded in April 2012 by renowned game developer Chris Roberts (Wing Commander, Freelancer, Privateer) and his business partner and long-time international media attorney Ortwin Freyermuth. Under Roberts' leadership using his long-standing relationships in the game space, Cloud Imperium quickly assembled a top tier development team for the creation of art assets, story elements, and an extensive prototype for its first game Star Citizen. Star Citizen is being marketed and launched via www.robertsspaceindustries.com. Cloud Imperium's strategy is about customer acquisition through established game designer fan bases. More information about the company, including jobs and contact information can be found at www.cloudimperiumgames.com.
Founded in 2007, Eidos-Montréal embraces the philosophy to always pursue excellence in game development while creating immersive, captivating experiences for players. The studio made their mark in 2011 with the release of the critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Having recently reached their sixth anniversary Eidos-Montréal remains true to their founding ethos: to assert themselves as a studio the most talented developers and testers from all over the world want to call home.
Oxide Games is an independent digital entertainment studio focused on delivering revolutionary leaps in PC and console gaming. Formed by industry veterans with decades of experience, Oxide is poised to change our perceptions of what games can render in real time. The company's first product, an all-new 64-bit engine called Nitrous, uses fully concurrent processing to realize massive performance gains on modern multi-core CPU and GPU architectures relative to existing technologies. Oxide will be announcing its game projects at a later date. Oxide Games is based in Timonium, Maryland. Learn more at www.oxidegames.com.
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