A while back, we took an extensive look at demos of the highly anticipated PC game Crysis, and compared video of the Windows XP version running DirectX9 to the new Windows Vista version running DX10 (see the THG video on Crysis). We looked at recorded video of actual gameplay demos from E3 2006 and CES 2007, and after careful examination of the footage, it occurred to us that both versions looked amazing. It was extremely tough to tell - both during gameplay and while watching the recorded video later on - which version had the better graphics.
There is good news and bad news in this, of course. The good news is that Crytek appears to have designed an incredibly beautiful game that looks just as good on previous generation software. Thus, the majority of PC gamers, who are still running Windows XP with DX9, can rejoice in the comfort that they will likely not miss out on much if they refrain from upgrading to Windows Vista. Now the bad news: is DX10 all that it's cracked up to be?