for games to start using DX11 efficiently, it will take a good year or so.
New versions of Windows have featured new versions of DirectX, the 3D audio and graphics family of APIs, and it now appears that Windows 7 will be no exception. According to PC Games Hardware, Microsoft's Ben Basaric, Product Marketing Manager Windows, says that Redmond will be bundling DirectX 11 with Windows 7, after all. Earlier this week, PCGH had reported that the pairing of DirectX 11 and Windows 7 was "unlikely."
So, what's new in DirectX 11? As we reported this summer, DX 11 will include compute shader technology, enabling the GPU to perform operations other than 3D graphics; better multi-core resource handling; more efficient utilization of the processing pipeline; hardware tesselation support for more detailed 3D models.
When can you expect to buy DirectX 11-compliant GPUs? AMD says its first DirectX 11 parts will be available in late 2009 - right about the time Windows 7 is expected to arrive. New operating system and new graphics hardware? Hopefully, that's a recipe for more realistic 3D graphics than ever before. If Microsoft and OEMs continue to work as closely as the Engineering Windows 7 blog suggests, that's much more likely than a repeat of the poorly handled rollout of Vista-ready hardware at Vista's introduction.
How about you? Are you going to wait for DirectX 11 before you buy a new graphics card, or are NVIDIA and ATI's current products tempting you to spend your money on DirectX 10/10.1 parts now? Hit Comment and tell us what your heart (and your wallet) are telling you.
Originally Posted by BradleyW
dx11, will i still be able to play latest games on dx9? or will it die out and everyone will have to get vista to game?
Originally Posted by Icekilla
every version of direct X is backwards compatible, for example, if your system has directX 10, you will also be able to play games that run under DX9, dX7 and so on, so no, there will be no need to do that...
And please do not double-post, use the EDIT button instead
Originally Posted by Flack88
This all just shows what a massive failure Vista and DX10 was. Hopefully Microsoft have learned there lesson and Windows 7 is a hell of a lot better. It also shows really what a good OS XP was combined with DX9 due to the time it has lasted.
Originally Posted by Licht
Well the major upgrade is tessellation. But naming schemes are totally at the will of the user. The first number (in other words the one on the left of the decimal) means major revision. The added features here i would qualify as major revisions. Not service packs.