When you update to the latest Rise of the Tomb Raider for the PC, you might notice some new things that were bundled with the upgrade. These are a DirectX 12 PC patch and a voxel-based ambient occlusion tech. The patch for the DirectX 12 adds support for Windows 10 PCs, which joins in with other videogame titles such as Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. For those that have high-end GPUs, the new ambient occlusion technology, called VXAO, improves lighting effects within sceneries by “voxelizing” the scene.
Those With High-End Nvidia GPUs Get to Enjoy More of Rise of the Tomb Raider
So what’s in-store for the DirectX 12 patch found in Rise of the Tomb Raider? To summarize things, it supercharges the graphics tech, more specifically that from Windows 10 devices. This 12th iteration to DirectX is the newest version of Microsoft’s famous application programming interface. It allows better handling of visuals along with other multimedia tasks found in Windows-based systems. In other words, it can make PC games faster and better performing.
For a longer answer, it means that Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC), along with other great PC titles, will be able to handle the sheer volume of the game’s visual ecosystem a whole lot better. This is because of the program’s high level of hardware abstraction, which is also the reason why it prevails over other proprietary graphics APIs. With the 12th iteration of the line, it still continues on that trend and upgrades that notion even further.
As for the topic regarding the VXAO, Nvidia is still not pulling out all the details regarding the technology. However, the company (which is known for their GPUs) is promising a more detailed breakdown regarding the subject at the Game Developers Conference that will happen within the month. However, basically speaking, the technology breaks down surfaces within the game into voxels. This is to determine how much lighting and shadows should look. The firm claims it brings more accuracy to highlights and shadows to bring out more detail in them. It also provides smoother response to camera motion.
The new patch for Rise of the Tomb Raider is now available for download through Steam, and it will also be coming to the Windows Store version of the game pretty soon. For the latest GeForce Game Ready driver, it is now available for download on Nvidia’s website. Although this particular title is not the first one to receive support from DirectX 12, it is arguably one of the best to showcase the program’s prowess.