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In a nutshell, what's the difference between Direct X 11 and open GL? Which is better?
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Originally Posted by vinton13;12286020 
In a nutshell, what's the difference between Direct X 11 and open GL? Which is better?

OpenGL and DirectX are both APIs for developing 2D and 3D graphics. DirectX is very heavily guarded by microsoft and is currently used to develop most of today's cutting edge games. The reason for this is because microsoft really wants the Xbox(Dx9) and the PC(dx x.x) to do very well over everythign else and since the largest number of users are on these two platforms, most companies invest heavily in this API rather than OpenGL because of a corresponding development of technologies from the graphics cars manufacturing companies like nvidia and AMD.

OpenGL is an open source API and is actually more widely used than dx just because it is free and accessible to any start-up company. The support for OpenGL is consequently not as strong as it depends on a user base rather than a dedicated team of developers. For personal development, OpenGL is your answer. It does not support a number of features present in Dx but the reasons why are above.

I don't think its fair to say whether any of them are better or not, just different and used by different people.

Hope this helps you understand a bit.
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^ In a nutshell DX11 is better.
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Originally Posted by Gothiq;12286301 
^ In a nutshell DX11 is better.

Not necessarily, DirectX has its own problems when development comes into perspective. Every small bug needs to be cataloged and will be reviewed for months before a fix is released. And, since the framework is controlled from microsoft itself, there's nothing developers can do. Most of the time, the choice to go with openGL is based off the premise that they can tweak the settings themselves.
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We end users dont care about what happens to developers.
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Originally Posted by Gothiq;12286469 
We end users dont care about what happens to developers.

You obviously don't understand how the gaming industry works; at all.
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yeah i came from Pluto :/. If i were you, i will refrain form personal attacks.

Depends what OP asked for. Did he asked for developing purpose or Eye candy/features purpose.
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Stop fighting.
I did ask what's the difference, and I did ask which is better.
Both of you answered that.

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