Nvidia has launched a new set of WHQL-certified drivers for GeForce graphics cards, bringing official support for the Vulkan API now that it has reached version 1.0. Like DirectX 12, Vulkan supports reduced driver overhead and 'closer to the metal' access to GPU hardware, succeeding both AMD's Mantle API and OpenGL.
Support for Vulkan 126.96.36.199 in Nvidia's GeForce 364.47 driver is more a future proofing move than anything, as currently there are very few 3D games, applications or even demos that make use of the API. However it's a step in the right direction for Nvidia, as they're now the first company with support for both DirectX 12 and Vulkan in a non-beta driver.
The 364.47 drivers are also 'Game Ready' for a collection of the latest PC games. The big inclusion here are optimizations for Tom Clancy's The Division, which launches on PC tomorrow, as well as for Need for Speed, which becomes available to the public on March 15th.
Game Ready optimizations are also included for the first episode of Hitman, along with Ashes of the Singularity. You can expect new SLI profiles for Hitman, The Technomancer, and Zui Zhong Bing Qi (Ultimate Weapon), plus bug fixes for a collection of popular games.
You can download the 364.47 drivers through GeForce Experience automatically, or you can grab a manual installer from our driver download section here.