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  • Windows 10 will woo gamers with supercharged DirectX 12 graphics API



    Windows 10 will woo gamers with supercharged DirectX 12 graphics API


    Windows 10’s blatant bid to woo back PC power users already looks pretty damned appealing, despite being in a very early state. But Microsoft’s still holding a trump card up its sleeve that's virtually guaranteed to make PC gamers sit up and notice its next-gen operating system. As expected, Microsoft has announced that the final version of its supercharged DirectX 12 graphics API will ship with Windows 10 in 2015.

    The story behind the story: Windows 8’s lackluster adoption is no secret, but Microsoft’s actually fighting two battles on the PC front: Beyond its need to drive happy Windows 7 and XP users to newer versions of the OS, DirectX’s gaming supremacy is being challenged by AMD’s Mantle technology. Releasing DirectX 12 with Windows 10 counters both threats and gives PC gamers—a bastion for Windows—a compelling reason to upgrade to Windows 10 when it becomes available.

    More like InDirectX, amirite?

    The story behind DirectX 12’s announcement and its intriguing enhancements is a long one indeed—and the API may not even exist if not for AMD raising a ruckus.

    The DirectX 11 graphics API launched alongside Windows 7 in 2009 and quickly became a gold standard in the gaming world, as it helps guarantee that PC games will run on the wide world of varied PC configurations in the wild. But Microsoft has only released minor updates to DirectX 11 in the five years since its launch, focusing instead on its Xbox consoles.

    AMD seized the opportunity offered by Microsoft’s complacency (and AMD’s foothold in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) to release Mantle, a competing graphics API that allows game developers “closer to the metal” hardware access. In the end, that means performance gains for you at home if you’re running an AMD 7000-series or higher graphics card. In the lead-up to Mantle’s launch, AMD officials wondered aloud if DirectX 12 would ever be a thing.

    Poking the bear woke it up. Microsoft announced DirectX 12 shortly thereafter.

    DirectX 12 mirrors Mantle in many ways, promising developers “closer to the metal” access that improves performance mostly by reducing CPU bottlenecks. If it behaves similarly to Mantle, those performance gains will be most dramatic in CPU-bound systems whose processors aren’t as potent as their graphics capabilities. PCs running modern processors should also see a boost in performance, as both AMD and Intel have been striving to improve their integrated graphics chops in recent years to offset slowing gains in CPU performance.

    But DirectX 12 holds a key advantage over Mantle: Its performance tweaks will work on all hardware, not just AMD hardware. We’ve broken down the differences between the competing graphics APIs if you’re curious.


    EA's blockbuster Battlefield 4 was one of the first titles to support AMD's Mantle API.

    The biggest question about DirectX 12 has nothing to do with its technical details, however—it’s whether Microsoft will make the API available on existing operating systems.

    Microsoft locked the most recent point upgrades for DirectX 11 to Windows 8 machines alone in a bid to spur adoption, and restricting DirectX 12 to Windows 10 would give PC gamers grumpy about Windows 8 a clear and compelling reason to upgrade. Microsoft hasn’t said one way or the other, but I’d be shocked if it didn’t make DirectX 12 a Windows 10 exclusive. I hope I'm proved wrong though.

    DirectX 12 isn't currently in the Windows 10 Technical Preview, but developers (and only developers) can sign up for the DirectX 12 Early Access program for an early look at the API—and yes, the provided bits will work with the Tech Preview.

    Source:Pcworld

  • #2
    Awesome to hear. We need better and bigger technology for gamers. Especially since Windows 8 didn't win over the gaming public.

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    • #3
      This sounds really cool for future games, like cutting edge games that use the latest technology. My main problem with Windows 8 is how many games I've come across that either don't run as well on it in comparison to Windows 7, or don't run at all. Plus, using virtual tools is a hassle and compatibility features are lacking. To my understanding this has been an issue with each new Windows version and I've heard the jump between Windows 7 and Windows 8 was not that major compared to earlier iterations, I hope that is also the case for Windows 10 as far as compatibility of games and perhaps older versions of DirectX is concerned.

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      • #4
        It's amazing because Windows has such a huge gaming community you think they would make a bigger effort to create something that would actually increase the popularity. They been in business for so long and have made so much money you think their software would be a lot more reliable.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by westmixxin View Post
          It's amazing because Windows has such a huge gaming community you think they would make a bigger effort to create something that would actually increase the popularity. They been in business for so long and have made so much money you think their software would be a lot more reliable.
          I agree so much, they really should put more stock into it since practically all of the PC gaming community is heavily reliant upon Windows and Windows system compatibility. I think the issue is probably caused by Microsoft just having too much stuff on their plate with such a wide range of focus on different focuses. For example, Microsoft Office Suites, redesigning new features with each new version of Windows, and trying to compete with Android and iOS with apps and tablet support.

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          • #6
            i do agree that the directX12 will definitely bring something special about gaming,if we observe deeply we can see windows 10 is mostly in deep with gaming performance,i have used beta version of windows 10,nothing much has been changed in it but gaming features,

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