Monday, November 12th 2012

No DirectX 11.1 for Windows 7?

It looks like Microsoft is using the old DirectX limitation trick to push PC enthusiasts to buy its latest operating system. According to a Hardware Info report that cites a post on Microsoft Answers Forum by Microsoft employee Daniel Moth, the company may restrict DirectX 11.1, of which the newest generation of GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA are compatible with, to Windows 8. Windows 7 users will have to make do with DirectX 11. The move could be a little harsh, as each new version of Windows has access to at least two new DirectX versions. Windows XP saw DirectX 8 and 9.x, Windows Vista DirectX 10 and 11. Microsoft DirectX 11.1 adds a few new features to its Direct3D component. In addition to a vendor-neutral stereo 3D platform, it adds a host of 3D API features.

Source: Hardware.info
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94 Comments on No DirectX 11.1 for Windows 7?

#1
DannibusX
Funny, all the comments about Microsoft locking down developers with an API.

All those silly DirectX PlayStation and Nintendo games.
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#2
NeoXF
Gay... and typical of M$... moving on...
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#3
Prima.Vera
by: NeoXF
Gay... and typical of M$... moving on...
moving on with your money...ok
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#4
Lazzer408
Are games even taking FULL advantage of DX10 yet? I've seen DX10 demos that look much better then current games.

I see a trend. By the time the hardware is fast enough to support rendering what the current DX version claims it can do, another DX version comes out. Guaranteed profits I guess.
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#5
irlandezul
Not many games use Direct X 11.1 ...
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#6
w3b
I think the .1 gives away how incremental an update this is (and thus how unimportant it really is, save a crude attempt to get those that want 'the latest and greatest' to upgrade).

Win 7 still does everything fine so (as I've stated elsewhere) I won't be moving up anytime soon (watching paint dry is still more enjoyable than installing an OS and the rest of the software/clutter I use). :shadedshu
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#8
Drone
by: Totally
What the big deal? DX releases after 10 are just incremental supersets
I agree. What applications require 11.1 or even 11 anyway? I'm sure average Joe, housewives, and even companies wouldn't give no shit about this and they'd be absolutely right.
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#9
Ikaruga
by: Drone
I agree. What applications require 11.1 or even 11 anyway? I'm sure average Joe, housewives, and even companies wouldn't give no shit about this and they'd be absolutely right.
Could come handy for future IGPs for 3D support, and watching some movies is perhaps what average Joe would do, don't you think?
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#10
baggpipes
Why all suprised? MS has been doing this for years with DirectX... To get 10 you needed vista...
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#11
xenocide
by: baggpipes
Why all suprised? MS has been doing this for years with DirectX... To get 10 you needed vista...
The difference was that from DirectX 9.0c to DirectX 10 was a huge overhaul of the API, so that one actually made sense, since Windows XP -> Vista was a pretty large overhaul of Windows. This is just as revision to a version of DirectX that is already running on Windows 7. It would be like if they said in order to get DirectX 9.0c you needed to get Vista, otherwise you're stuck with DirectX 9.0b. I also wouldn't say Microsoft has been doing this for years considering they have only done it once--with good reason. Vista and 7 feature the same DX support.
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#13
patrico
if its anything like the dx10.1 upgrade it seems like marketing bull to me :)
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#14
DRDNA
by: DRDNA
lol Microsoft is funny...they will implement DX11.1 into Win 7 as Win 7 Came with DX11 and its 2nd DX update will be DX 11.1 no doubt there at all for me. It may be a little late to the game for Win 7 users but they will get their just reward of 11.1. YOU WILL SEE...;)
hate to say I told you so. :p KB articles:KB2670838

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2670838
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#15
digibucc
by: DRDNA
hate to say I told you so.
i'm sure ;)
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#17
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
I thought that this thread was dead. :confused:
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#18
digibucc
by: Aquinus
I thought that this thread was dead. :confused:
the thread was discussing different possibilities. when the true one was confirmed, it was updated. look at the post that resurrected it. when it's a direct update to the topic imo it's ok to res a thread that's less than 6 months old.
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