Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The features of OpenGL 4.2 are released

The Khronos Group has released the features of OpenGL 4.2. The program includes small changes to make life easier for developers. The OpenGL compatible graphics cards require only 4 updated drivers to support new products. NVIDIA has already released an update on its website. AMD will soon follow suit.

The announcement was made at the opening of SIGGRAPH 2011, living on the world of computer graphics, held for the first time this year outside the United States, specifically in Canada, Vancouver. Among the new features, there is the possibility of re-forms that have already been tessellisées by the GPU instead of forcing them to go through the process of tessellation.

This new API also provides greater control over the textures and an easier way to share data between shaders. The Khronos Group has finally announced to work on drawing API sensors found in computers, smartphones and tablets, such as gyroscopes, compasses and even cameras. There is currently no generic API to access their information, or to synchronize data.

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