What is VulkanRT? Why It is Required? What Happens If Removed?

by Adeel Younas
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If you are reading this, that means you are looking for information about Vulkan Runtime Libraries. This article includes all the necessary details about VulkanRT Libraries that you need to know.

What is VulkanRT?

First of all, the question that comes to our mind is, what are the Vulkan Runtime Libraries?. Well, it is a graphics API that is also known as VulkanRT. If you are a frequent game player, then you must have come across DirectX or OpenGL.

VulkanRT Libraries are cross-platform graphics API that helps to improve the performance of games and provide fair usage of GPU and CPU. Even though not all video games use this library, but new games use this driver module. It lowers the troubles of game developers to maximize the performance of the video games by reducing the GPU usage. Well, known games like Dota 2 and Rise of the Tomb Raider use VulkanRT library to minimize the use of GPU.

Why GPU Manufactures Require VulkanRT?

It is so popular now that many GPU manufacturers have a requirement of this library to be installed on systems to play games.

  1. Efficient multi-threading allows for smooth game performance
  2. Lower overhead ensures minimal GPU usage
  3. A simpler graphics driver
  4. Better control over the graphics hardware
  5. Open and modern architecture
  6. Cross-platform with support for Windows, Linux, and Android
  7. Supports iOS and Mac OS through third-party solutions

List of Games That Uses VulkanRT Libraries

These are the games that use this library:

Title Release Date Vulkan support since
Apocalypse: The Game November 1, 2017 TBA
Breaking Point TBA TBA
DCS World October 17, 2008 TBA
Doom Eternal TBA TBA
Escape From Tarkov TBA TBA
ESSENCE April 18, 2017 TBA
GRID Autosport June 24, 2014 TBA
Quake Champions TBA TBA
Star Citizen TBA TBA
War Thunder December 21, 2016 TBA
X4: Foundations November 30, 2018 November 30, 2018
Aerofly FS 2 November 20, 2017 June 6, 2018
Artefact November 28, 2018 November 28, 2018
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia May 3, 2018 June 7, 2018
Astral Crown August 15, 2017 May 24, 2018
Rise of the Tomb Raider April 19, 2018 April 19, 2018
nGlide compatible games[90] November 7, 2009 December 14, 2017
F1 2017 November 2, 2017 November 2, 2017
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus October 27, 2017 October 27, 2017
Ashes of the Singularity March 31, 2016 August 31, 2017
Doom3 BFG October 2012 August 12, 2017
X Rebirth VR Edition July 27, 2017 July 27, 2017
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III June 8, 2017 June 8, 2017
Geocore TBA June 1, 2017
Quake III Arena December 2, 1999 May 30, 2017
Galaxy on Fire 3 – Manticore December 8, 2016 May 18, 2017
Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope September 20, 2017 May 17, 2017
Ballistic Overkill March 28, 2017 May 16, 2017
Mad Max October 20, 2016 March 30, 2017
Serious Sam Fusion 2017 2017 March 21, 2017
Roblox 2006 March 15, 2017
Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter March 30, 2017 February 8, 2017
Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter April 4, 2017 February 8, 2017
Dream League Soccer February 26, 2016 October 14, 2016
Score! Hero August 6, 2015 September 16, 2016
Heroes of Incredible Tales November 18, 2015 August 20, 2016
Need for Speed: No Limits September 30, 2015 August 20, 2016
Olympus Rising May 3, 2016 August 20, 2016
Vainglory November 16, 2014 August 20, 2016
Quake June 22, 1996 July 20, 2016
Doom May 13, 2016 July 11, 2016[
Dota 2 July 9, 2013 May 23, 2016
The Talos Principle September 11, 2014 February 17, 2016


Who Developed Vulkan Runtime Libraries?

The VulkanRT is an initiative of The Khronos Group who developed it back in 2014. Vulkan Runtime library was officially announced at Game Developer’s Conference in 2015.

Why is Vulkan Runtime Installed on My PC?

Vulkan RT comes bundled with NVIDIA and AMD Graphics Card drivers, and if you notice it be on your PC, you probably have updated drivers. If we upgrade the graphics card or update the drivers of the previous graphics card, it is installed on our PC because it comes bundled along with core-drivers of GPU.

If you have not upgraded the graphics card or updated the drivers or previous one and still have Vulkan RT. There is a possibility that you might have installed a new game on your PC, and it also comes as a bundled library in a few games as I listed above.

Few games require Vulkan Runtime library, and when you install those games, it is automatically installed on your system.

Should You Keep or Remove VulkanRT?

As I mentioned above, Vulkan comes bundled with games, software, or drivers and is necessary for those applications to run. So, if you’re concerned about it showing up out of nowhere, you can rest assured that it is not a harmful program.

Vulkan is a necessary software for 3D apps like games and graphics renderers. If you have not installed it manually, then you shouldn’t remove it because then it is installed as bundles library with some game or software you install. If it still wants to remove it, then there could be issues when you run a particular set of software that requires it. It is also a possibility that those apps (games or 3d rendering software) software may not even open.

If you remove this library, you may face the following problems:

  1. Unable to set the desired screen resolution
  2. Poor HD video rendering
  3. Overhead GPU causing crashes and glitches
  4. Unable to play newer games

If you have third-party antivirus software installed on your system and it says VulkanRT looks suspicious, you can ignore this warning.

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