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Direct X 11.2 Will Be Xbox One And Windows 8.1 Exclusive



/ 3 years ago

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Microsoft has just announced at the Build Developers Conference in San Francisco  that the next version of Direct X, which will be called Direct X 11.2, is going to be an Xbox One and Windows 8.1 exclusive according to Softpedia. Microsoft elaborate on all the technical details within the video below but the main feature of this new Direct X update is that it has something called “tiled resources” which allows for improved textures within video games. Given that the Xbox One is going to pack a serious amount of RAM these extra textures can of course be supported on new generation consoles.

Furthermore, in a similar tactic to Windows Vista, Microsoft is making Direct X 11.2 available only on Windows 8.1 – another tactic to try and get Windows 7 users to upgrade to their latest operating systems. Microsoft didn’t disclose when we can expect to see the new technology implemented but presumably game developers will get or already have access to this new tool and will begin developing games with it in time for the Xbox One release in November later on this year.

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  • Covar

    It’s not going to move Windows 7 users. By the time the features are actually used in games the replacement for Windows 8 will be out.

    • Poor Microsoft

      Exactly. Look at DX11, it’s been out for a long time now, but many games are still not using it to it’s fullest. MS is getting desperate.

      • Alyrian

        What can you expect, with the current consoles being so outdated causing games to not be taken to the fullest the DX11 can never reach its highest potential…

        • Dr. Moist

          Exactly – consoles are to blame for the slow advancement in game technology. GTA V looks extremely dated from an engine perspective.

    • d6bmg

      Seconded.

  • Wayne

    AMD could very well incorporate this in their upcoming cards but I’m not in the least concerned about DX 11.2. You’d expect tired, predicable old tactics like these from MS.

  • Zetsumei

    some of the top games out have been running DX9 i can’t see DX version being a selling point anymore, and with companies looks for cross compatabliy e.g. Linux, OSX i think we will see a shit towards OpenGL or a successor it. Well here is me hoping anyway =3

  • d6bmg

    It doesn’t mean anything. We, the users would want to get those things which are useful for daily work and while gaming. For the foreseeable time, I don’t think the new DX11.2 would be of any use at all.