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Civilization VI to pack DirectX 12 rendering thanks to AMD

By Scorpus
Jul 13, 2016
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  1. AMD and Firaxis Games have teamed up to bring a DirectX 12 rendering path to Sid Meier's Civilization VI, one of the most hotly anticipated strategy games set for release in this year's holiday period.

    Two key DirectX 12 features will be supported in Civilization VI. The first is explicit multi-adapter, which goes beyond standard SLI or Crossfire setups and gives the game greater control over how it utilizes two or more GPUs. This sort of technology is particularly useful at high resolutions, and will even allow you to pair up graphics cards from both Nvidia and AMD in the one system.

    Civilization VI will also support asynchronous compute, which benefits Radeon GPUs significantly as they have full support for this technology (unlike Nvidia). Asynchronous compute basically allows the game to parallelize different tasks, such as lighting or physics, and run them simultaneously on the GPU rather than sequentially. This typically leads to performance increases on GPUs with large shader core counts.

    This isn't the first time Firaxis has worked with AMD on low-level API integration: the companies collaborated to develop and implement the Mantle API in Civilization: Beyond Earth. Mantle has since been polished, rebranded, and reborn as the Vulkan API.

    Civilization VI will be released on October 21, 2016 for PC, and for those who love to benchmark, it will include a DirectX 12 benchmark at launch.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,324   +711

    In a slightly more ideal wold, if you loved richer colors and slightly more sophisticated lighting effects then AMD would always be your choice. If FPS was paramount then you'd go Nvidia. Unfortunately, Nvidia's generous payola and the developer's desire to present the smoothest-running trailers will always give Nvidia an a leg up. Games are written to take full advantage of Nvidia's architecture and little effort is put towards optimizing code for AMD. Its a shame that Civ6 looks to be more of the same garbage as Civ5, but at least it may actually run smoothly for Radeon users.
     
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  3. Philip Pyne

    Philip Pyne TS Rookie

    It's great that they are spending development time on parallelizing graphics processing, but that really hasn't been the biggest issue with Civ games in the past. Civ games in the past haven't been very graphically demanding, and from the looks of Civ 6, although it looks great, I don't think it will be very graphically demanding relative to this generation or even last generation of games and computer hardware. My point is, this is great and all, but it seems like all the attention is being put on something that isn't even close to the biggest performance bottleneck.

    The biggest, most noticeable slow-down in Civ games is processing the AI turns. This is especially evident when playing with a large number of AI and city-states, or large maps in general; and further compounded when doing this multiplayer. I understand that it is difficult to fully parallelize the AI in a turn based game that is inherently managed serially. I just hope they are doing something to address this issue. Otherwise, the other performance enhancements seem all for naught. Please excuse the hyperbole, but it's like putting new paint on a car that barely runs.
     
  4. Forebode

    Forebode TS Booster Posts: 81   +7

    Is it normal to announce stuff like this as news? I was under the impressions that any major gaming company can get help from nvidia/amd to build their games. Is it news because there are signs AMD is making an effort? Or is it because Firaxis is making an effort? I'll wait for benchmarks. Additionally, isn't it better to keep information like this quiet?
     
  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Guru Posts: 382   +342

    To compound it further, civ v's AI was far from intelligent, often destroying themselves through the banning of luxury resources that results in their empire being severely unhappy. This is something the creators once said was "supposed to make the game harder" but instead was annoying.

    there was also the issue of the AI not understanding how the economy works. How I can have +600 gold per turn, but the next closest AI has 20 gold and +11 per turn, even though I have a larger military, is beyond me. And dont get me started on how badly the AI fights. Terrain, tactics, support units? Whats that?

    I wonder what they are spending all that time processing. At least DX12 helps with cpu bottlenecks, so it might speed up turn times a bit.
     
  6. javierkaiser

    javierkaiser TS Enthusiast Posts: 25   +6

    Yeah, very nice that 2016 games have DX12 support ... now, does it will have Vulkan support?
     
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  7. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 249   +30

    Civ 6 is "hotly anticipated"?

    By who?

    Last I checked, it was another rehash of Civ 5 which will be as awful as Beyond Earth, if not worse.
     

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