John Carmack: Nvidia’s OpenGL extensions and AMD’s Mantle offer similar improvements over DirectX


In response to a question regarding the potential of AMD’s Mantle API, industry veteran John Carmack stated that Nvidia’s OpenGL extensions can offer similar improvements over DirectX. Nvidia has aided Valve in the development of SteamOS, and aims to boost the potential of its hardware with improved driver performance via the OpenGL API. In addition to Mantle, AMD has similar plans to expose its hardware to OpenGL extensions in the future.

Things are certainly heating up between the two GPU manufacturers. AMD has the advantage of next-gen consoles featuring its own technology, whereas Nvidia looks to rival that with Valve’s Steam Machines initiative.

Stay tuned for further updates on Nvidia’s plans at countering AMD’s Mantle.