“The Vulkan renderer will not magically make your graphics card perform better than it previously did, but it will make performance a lot more consistent. This means that your peak frame rate will not increase, but you won’t have anywhere near as many unpredictable spikes that were making the game feel stuttery and reducing average frame rate. Basically, this new renderer gives us complete control over how resources are managed, so we can tune it for Path of Exile’s exact requirements.”
It should be reiterated that this new renderer is in a beta state — there may be issues with it, and GGG even admits that it’s slower than DX11 for many machines at the moment. That said, the devs hope to have this new renderer refined and more useful for players come patch 3.11. Speaking of patches, the next patch has some preview patch notes of bug fixes due to the game soon.
In other Path of Exile news, there’s yet another load of stats shared by the devs, this time focused on the most popular unique items. The stats break down these item usage across all levels as well as in the level 70 – 90 range. If you love stats like GGG does, the post will likely be interesting.