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LunarG Releases new Vulkan SDK

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LunarG has released a new version of the Vulkan SDK ( It includes a new Khronos Validation Layer that replaces five legacy validation layers and the standard_validation meta-layer. 

Full feature list includes:

  • The new Khronos Validation Layer. Go here for more information.
  • Improved handling of implicit layers by vkconfig
  • Improved validation coverage and bug fixes
  • Since the release of SDK, the following new extensions have been added to the Vulkan spec and may be supported by a Vulkan device. To query extensions available to a given physical device, call vkEnumerateDeviceExtensionProperties() or contact the hardware vendor.
  • VK_AMD_display_native_hdr
  • VK_EXT_full_screen_exclusive
  • VK_EXT_host_query_reset
  • VK_EXT_metal_surface
  • VK_EXT_pipeline_creation_feedback
  • VK_EXT_ycbcr_image_arrays
  • VK_KHR_surface_protected_capabilities
  • VK_NVX_image_view_handle


Also of note, RenderDoc is no longer included in the Vulkan SDK. See the RenderDoc download page for more information.

Be sure to check out the Vulkan discussions in our Graphics and GPU Programming forum.

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