AMD today announced that RDNA 2, the new graphics architecture for its upcoming NAVI 2X graphics cards and the Xbox Series X, will feature support for the new DirectX 12 Ultimate API announced earlier today by Microsoft.

DirectX 12 Ultimate will set the tone for the next generation of games and enable a new level of realism with four key features – DirectX Raytracing (DXR), Variable Rate Shading (VRS), Mesh Shaders and Sampler Feedback – plus AMD worked closely with Microsoft Team to deliver amazing experiences with RDNA 2.

AMD also collaborated with Microsoft on the design of DXR 1.1, an upgrade to DXR capable of better efficiency and performance in various raytracing effects.

With DirectX 12 Ultimate, advanced effects like raytracing are expected to reach players faster, making developers’ lives easier by allowing them to create games using both the same common graphics API and the same graphics architecture either on consoles or on PC.

You can find more information about DirectX 12 Ultimate on the Microsoft blog, while additional details on AMD RDNA 2 can be found here.