Vulkan-Using X-Plane 12 Flight Simulator Now Available In Beta Form
Back in 2020, Laminar Research added optional Vulkan support to X-Plane 11 while now with X-Plane 12, Vulkan takes on a greater role. OpenGL is still used in the case of some plug-ins for this flight simulator but even there they have been working to use Zink on Windows rather than relying on the sometimes poor OpenGL drivers on Windows.
Laminar Research recommends at least an Intel Core i5 8600K or AMD Ryzen 5 3500 CPU, 16~24GB of system RAM at least, a modern graphics card with recommending at least a GeForce GTX 1070, and Vulkan 1.3 compliant driver support. NVIDIA's proprietary driver is supported on Linux or if wanting to use AMD Radeon graphics at least Mesa 22.0 is needed.
X-Plane 12 introduces a photometric HDR lighting engine, a new weather engine, seven new aircraft, volumetric 3D clouds, new visual effects, new forests / water / vegetation and other new landscape, and much more. Among the new aircraft available in this real-world flight simulator are the Airbus A330, Citation X, SR22, F-14 Tomcat, R-22, Lancair Evolution, and others.
X-Plane 12 for personal use is available for $59.99 USD. Those wanting to learn more about the early access beta can visit X-Plane.com.
Assuming the X-Plane benchmark mode is still in good shape with X-Plane 12, I'll be running some system / GPU benchmarks soon with the beta.