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How to Play Valheim Using Vulkan API Graphics

You can make the various environments of Valheim look even better with the Vulkan API graphics add-on.
You can make the various environments of Valheim look even better with the Vulkan API graphics add-on. / Photo courtesy of Iron Gate

Newly added to Valheim is Vulkan API graphics, which bring efficient, low overhead graphics to the game. You can use the Vulkan API for Valheim for free today. Here is how.

How to Play Valheim Using Vulkan

To capitalize on this performance-booster, all you need to do is one of two options. The first is picking it from the options pop-up when you start the game up in Steam. Alternatively, you can set the launch command "-force-vulkan" in the launch options of the game.

What Vulkan Can Give You

Wood is an essential resource in Valheim, make sure to capitalize on all the trees around you at spawn.
Wood is an essential resource in Valheim, make sure to capitalize on all the trees around you at spawn. / Photo courtesy of Iron Gate

Ultimately, the performance of the Vulkan API will vary based on your hardware in your PC, but the software is a small improvement over the standard graphics. The Vulkan API helps the game better communicate with your hardware, and adds a little boost in your frames per second to make the game look and run more smoothly. For a free option, we recommend that it's worth a try to boost your experience roaming through the tenth Norse world with your friends or alone.