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Direct X 11.2 Confirmed As Windows 8.1/Xbox One Exclusive



/ 3 years ago

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About a week back we brought you some early information that suggested Microsoft’s Direct X 11.2 would be a Windows 8.1 and Xbox One exclusive. Now a recent update on the Microsoft website has confirmed this earlier prediction and Direct X 11.2 is listed for Windows 8.1 only. Microsoft’s Direct X 11.2 brings some new features we haven’t seen before with Direct X. You can see these below:

This is hardly a surprising or new tactic from the software giant. Microsoft has long used the “Direct X limiting tactic” as a way of forcing people to upgrade their operating systems. For example Windows XP was capped at Direct X 9.0c, Windows Vista introduced Direct X 10 but does support Direct X 11.0 with a service pack update. Windows 7 introduced native support for Direct X 11.0 but does not support Direct X 11.1 which is a Windows 8 exclusive. Therefore Direct X 11.2 being a Windows 8.1 exclusive isn’t a surprise and just continues a long-running trend. For Windows 8 users this is fine because you can simply update to Windows 8.1 for free, but for Windows 7 users this means you’re going to miss out on some extra graphical features unless you upgrade – a rather cheap tactic from Microsoft.

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  • Wayne

    DX 11.2 doesn’t look like much of a biggie. I, for one ain’t gonna die wondering. DX 10 never had people stampeding to buy Vista, why should this be any different? Will the extra 20 sales of 8.1 make any difference? Doesn’t MS ever learn?

    • d6bmg

      well said. 🙂

  • d6bmg

    Another attempt of m$ to force it’s users to adapt Win8 (i.e.8.1)

    • d6bmg

      so? fail.