#1 Posted by Locke (330 posts) -

Microsoft is calling DirectX 11 a "Big step forward for gaming, adding features onto existing DirectX 10" 


  • Full support (including all DX11 hardware features) on Windows Vista as well as future versions of Windows.
  • Compatibility with DirectX 10 and 10.1 hardware, as well as support for new DirectX 11 hardware.
  • New compute shader technology that lays the groundwork for the GPU to be used for more than just 3D graphics, so that developers can take advantage of the graphics card as a parallel processor
  • Multi-threaded resource handling that will allow games to better take advantage of multi-core machines
  • Support for tessellation, which blurs the line between super high quality pre-rendered scenes and scenes rendered in real-time, allowing game developers to refine models to be smoother and more attractive when seen up close

They also announced that Games for windows live will be free from now on for all users.



I don't know about you guys but I'm still using DirectX 9 for most games. In fact, the majority of games out now and coming out soon don't even have directX 10 support. I'm still waiting for Xbox Live to be free Microsoft. Still waiting.
#2 Posted by banksrob (1126 posts) -

direct x 9 is what my 7600gt supports so unless i upgrade massivly..

#3 Posted by Locke (330 posts) -
banksrob said:
"direct x 9 is what my 7600gt supports so unless i upgrade massivly..
"
8 series cards are incredibly cheap now. Especially the 8800 gt. You can pick one up now under $ 130. 
#4 Posted by outlaw4020 (38 posts) -

Yeah i got a DX 10 card with the 8800gts, and barley any games take advantage of DX10.  the new DX11 cards will bee about $500.  Its more marketing to amke you think you need to buy the new shit when more then 80% of new games wont even use it, id say wait a year or two then ill looking into buying a dx11 card.

#5 Posted by Locke (330 posts) -
outlaw4020 said:
"Yeah i got a DX 10 card with the 8800gts, and barley any games take advantage of DX10.  the new DX11 cards will bee about $500.  Its more marketing to amke you think you need to buy the new shit when more then 80% of new games wont even use it, id say wait a year or two then ill looking into buying a dx11 card.
"
I'm thinking they'll probably introduce it along with Windows 7. The good news is it won't just be WIndows 7 exclusive like DirectX 10 was to Vista.
#6 Posted by tmontana1004 (376 posts) -

Man, I really need to build a PC.

#7 Posted by DARKIDO07 (876 posts) -

Direct X11? DX10 just came out, and they already have DX11 announced? O_o. I'm so glad I didn't get into computer gaming.

#8 Posted by Schizoid (1064 posts) -

I still don't care about DirectX. When they start showing off some good looking games and I'll be happy.

#9 Posted by WickedCobra03 (2102 posts) -
banksrob said:
"direct x 9 is what my 7600gt supports so unless i upgrade massivly..
"
Well I guess in about a year or 1.5 years I am going to have to put together a new rig.  I am still running a single 7800GTX and really, its fine right now, just bought Company of Heroes and its runs fine with most everything turned up.
#10 Posted by supercubedude (451 posts) -

I'm not going to wait for cards that can do DX11, I'm upgrading this year, once the GTX 280 gets its die shrunk.

#11 Posted by Foil_Charizard (345 posts) -

Wow, 11 is coming out already? That's pretty fast, I guess GFW being free is sweet to, too bad Steam is exponentially better and has always been free.

#12 Posted by Garfield360UK (453 posts) -

I agree with you there, I am supprised DX11 has been introduced so fast when DX10 has not taken off as well as it could have. I think the issue is Vista has not been well recieved after Service Pack 1 unlike XP. I will probably go to Vista but as of now its still not really worth it considering there are very very few games that are actually DX10 only :(

#13 Posted by Eisen (129 posts) -
Locke said:
"They also announced that Games for windows live will be free from now on for all users."
  Definitely good step forward for that program.  I never understood how Microsoft believed they could get away with charging PC gamers for this service.  If they through in the ability to register and download games that I already own for no extra charge, then I might consider it viable to actually use.

I do feel that DX11 is being rushed out a bit too quick if they are wanting it to be released soon; however, it will probably still be a good couple of years before games are made that take advantage of it.  Very few games are even taking advantage of DX10, but the ones that do run noticeably better than the DX9 version.
#14 Posted by Djrocks (93 posts) -

Wow direct x10 hardly had anytime to even grow and here comes 11. I'm still using 9.0c and I'm not getting Vista just to use directx11 for a long time.

#15 Posted by Xero (159 posts) -

i think i will hold out on buying a new dx10 card then

#16 Posted by banksrob (1126 posts) -

i cant afford a new pc being a student, but when i get money i am going to buy the best one out.

#17 Posted by Colonel_Cool (808 posts) -

Nice to know that it supports dx10 hardware, it would really be a dick move on Microsoft's part to urge us to buy new hardware again. But seriously, do we really need new graphics API's every year? Right now there isn't anything in dx10 that can't be done in dx9. Not even id's new Tech 5 engine will have any compelling features for dx10 or 11.

#18 Posted by Systech (4078 posts) -

They barely even got into DirectX10.

#19 Posted by albaker (437 posts) -

DX10 is barely even supported that much and DX10.1 is just out, and I don't see many games using that too, except for Assasins Creed, but then you'll need an ATI card to use that.

It's all marketing to get in cash, fucking microsoft.

Open GL is much better IMO 

#20 Posted by RVonE (4601 posts) -

Even though DX10 is hardly used yet, I'm excited to see the capabilities of DX11 in action.

#21 Posted by DreamsVisions (353 posts) -

cool.

#22 Posted by Locke (330 posts) -
DreamsVisions said:
"cool."
Heh.
#23 Posted by Jax (462 posts) -

Didn't DX 10 JUST COME OUT?

And the big thing was Crysis. Now there's another HUGE step forward!!!

I love PR and Marketing. These kind of claims only have us computer nerds spending our cash on pointless upgrades.

#24 Posted by Jecrell (241 posts) -

Hey guys, remember when DirectX 10.1 was the next big thing? Nevermind, DirectX 11 just came out 5 minutes later. I wonder what games will be supporting that.

#25 Posted by lux (128 posts) -

Just in time to buy my new PC.

#26 Posted by Txheat (133 posts) -

Wait wait, I am getting a new computer soon. but really this is crazy! I don't even know what kinda card to get beuase i don't even know if it will work in the future! Well looks like we get good looks to fast for my wallet.

#27 Posted by SmokeyDaBear (110 posts) -

DX10 didn't live up to the hype, I doubt this one will do much too.

#28 Posted by 11samype (70 posts) -

Seems way too soon for DX11.  Microsoft needs to slow down and wait for DX10 to catch on first.

#29 Posted by nat (217 posts) -

I didn't even notice a dif when playing Crysis on 10 then going back to 9..

#30 Posted by SmokeyDaBear (110 posts) -
nat said:
"I didn't even notice a dif when playing Crysis on 10 then going back to 9..
"
What!? You didn't get a huge performance boost and all of that stuff?