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DirectX 11.2 will be exclusive to Windows 8.1 and Xbox One

Thursday, 27th June 2013 17:47 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has announced DirectX 11.2, which will be exclusive to Windows 8.1 and Xbox One. According to the video below, courtesy of Evil Avatar, one of the new features touted is called “tiled resources”. This will allow video cards to use system ram to improve texture detail. It’s all very technical, but in other words, it will make things pretty, or something like that. Watch the demonstration below.

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  1. monkeygourmet

    That’s weird, I just watched that…

    Also, doesn’t it HAVE to be on Windows and Xbone? I thought DX was specific to MS platforms?

    That’s not a dig at you Steph, just wondering why they were saying it as if it was a big suprise?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. zme-ul

    only possible as in we want to sell a lot more W8 crap

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Proprietary POS.

    Where is my direct X12? No way I will upgrade to Windows 8 just for That.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Aullah

    Dont you mean CLOUD resources?
    Also… wasnt this already in the game Rage? Megatexturing or something? Either way, im sure wont buy the windows 8, because its crap and win7 still works perfect.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. monkeygourmet

    @3

    I thought the design of the Xbone should have helped launch DX12… What a shame…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    @1 Specifically Windows 8.1. That’s the stickler.

    The most likely outcome of this is that developers just won’t bother making use of DX 11.2 at all.

    I have no personal problems with Windows 8 myself, but consumers have made it pretty clear at this point that they simply don’t want it.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    So they’re officially going with “Buy Windows 8 – Or else” instead of “Buy Windows 8 – Because”

    Oh Microsoft… They’re nothing if not charming. And desperate.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    @6

    Okay… So my rig will hopefully be finished this month. When is 8.1 out? Shall I bother or just get bog standerd Windows 8?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    @8 8.1 is just an update. If you have Windows 8, it’ll update to 8.1 whenever it comes out.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    @8 Are you going with an SSD? I’m upgrading mine to an SSD real soon, and that kinda makes me wanna get Windows 8 just so I can see how fast I can boot :P

    That’s a very childish, very stupid reason for getting something, especially when I want Microsoft to get slapped for their stupidity, but.. I am that stupid child.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ps3fanboy

    DirectshitX i am glade i left in the gutter years ago, i use OPENGL and never looked back. it is a cross-language, multi-platform api. not like that DirectshitX that is locked to the craptastic windows8.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. zme-ul

    @6
    I’d like to see the developer who does a W8.1 DX11.2 exclusive game
    only to find they sold tens of thousands of copies instead of millions
    why doesn’t MS tries it 1st :D

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DarkElfa

    @11, you bring the gutter with you wherever you go and leave us all covered in shit.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Ajsman

    So, as predicted by some devs, the lock down of Windows has started. And just in the way they said it would.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DarkElfa

    Well, I won’t make excuses for Microsoft, their greed has increased exponentially in the past few years.

    This is just more of the same crap for them.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. OwningXylophone

    @14

    MS did the same with DX10 and Vista, so it was pretty easy to predict this would happen again.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @14 Lockdown? This isn’t even remotely mandatory.

    This is not the first time they’ve done this.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. monkeygourmet

    @10

    No, I’m completly with you on that! :)

    Just got this last month:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Series-250GB-Solid-State/dp/B009LI7C9Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372353412&sr=8-1&keywords=Samsung+ssd

    For exactly the same reasons as you! ;)

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DarkElfa

    @17, it won’t be the last time either man. MS has a history of this so its only logical to assume they intend to continue in this manner.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. SplatteredHouse

    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/06/20/the-sorry-saga-of-skulls-of-the-shogun-windows-8/
    Take a bow…WINDOWS 8 EXCLUSIVITY!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Stephany Nunneley

    @10 I bought an SSD to specifically install Windows on it just for booting. Yes, it is super fast. However, I soon found I didn’t buy one large enough thanks to the updates W7 piles on, which don’t “replace” the old file (like Windows ever did that anyway) and it filled the damn thing up fast. I should have bought a bigger one, but they were expensive two years ago.

    I just wiped my PC before E3 and re-installed W7 on my 2TB drive and I am still not used to the slow start up process.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Llewelyn_MT

    Who cares? Most games are still DirectX 9 that is over a decade old.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. DSB

    @21 Ouch. I want details on that. I got a 500GB SSD thinking I’ll put all my less essential games on an HDD.

    My Windows 7 currently takes up something like 12GB. Are you saying Windows 8 is totally bloatware?

    #23 2 years ago
  24. KineticCalvaria

    @3, why the Windows 8 hate? It’s a great OS, by far my favourite Windows yet.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. dizzygear

    They never learn do they? They tried this with by making DX10 exclusive to Vista. This only resulted in that games kept using DX9 because noone wanted Vista.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. dizzygear

    @21 Actually Windows keeps keeps back-ups of the updates so you can undo them when needed. You can remove them with the disk cleanup utility by pressing the cleanup system files (or something to that degree) button in the disk clean up window.

    It should start scanning again and the check box for “remove windows update backup files” should appear than.

    Same story for restore points. You can delete these on he more options tab. These things can take gigabytes if you dont throw them out once in a while.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. ps3fanboy

    @14 Ajsman, yes the lockdown have started. games should not be so integrated as they will be with directx11.2. opengl don’t lock down any games api. this is great in many aspect, and one of them is that it make it much more cheaper for the developer doing their games. with opengl they can put more quality time delivering a quality product, than filling microsofts pockets.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. TheWulf

    Windows 8 is pretty okay, in honesty. It’s light, they don’t have it loaded down with as much crap, and it’s efficient. Where they went wrong was with the Metro nonsense (which I despised) and forcing it upon people. With 8.1 it’s said that they’re bringing back the start menu, so I might actually upgrade once I’ve seen a video of that in action.

    I am envious of 8′s light footprint, to be honest. In some ways it is to 7 what 7 was to Vista. 7 is a beautiful OS, but there’s just too much stuff loaded into it by default. XP had the same problem, too. It seems with Windows 8 Microsoft is finally embracing modularity. About time, as Linux distros have been doing that forever now.

    So it’ll be interesting.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Hunam

    What I hate is how they say, NO, you must have Win 8 for this… then go and release Win 8 in 32-Bit, forver holding back 64-bit native gaming.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. CyberMarco

    I can agree that SSD will make your life faster! :P But I would suggest to go with a small one just for the OS and essential apps (64GB would be more than enough) and use a HDD for Steam and multimedia/personal files/photos-music etc.

    I wouldn’t suggest OCZ drives, I got burned with an OCZ Vertex 2, it died on me just around a year after I bought it, thankfully it was still in warranty.

    I use a 120GB SSD for Windows 7 and everyday programs and a 1TB HDD for Steam, games and personal files.

    I found this guide really useful and managed to make my OS less than 20GB. Another nice trick to save some SSD space is to migrate your “Users” folder to the HDD.

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds#

    Probably this guide will be useful for Windows 8 too, maybe with some tweaks here and there.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. harr0w

    @28 yeah im a WIN7 user and having spent some time on my friends WIN8 it is actually a very efficient OS, but with metro it just felt that they only when 50% of the way with it hence having to switch screens which was just plain shit and poor design. Hopefully with the .1 update it will get to where it should be and blessed be the start button.

    As for this tiled resources it sounds great but id rather see what some of the big devs can get out of it.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. dizzygear

    @28 Just use Startisback. You get back the start menu and you dont have to deal with Metro at all except for changing some system setting.

    Best $3 i ever spend.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. xDaddyBearx

    A Microsoft article which is positive…….F4G STATION fan boys wont like this.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. pcbros

    PS4 fan boys get all the awesome power of the FreeBS OS, while XB1 users are stuck running Windows 8 with Direct X… :P

    #34 2 years ago
  35. zme-ul

    @33
    let’s just ignore the PC market
    cuz hey, who the fuck cares about them .. right

    I very much see Titan Fall being released on PC, but W8.1 DX11.2 exclusive
    what about the rest of the game developed by MS, if they do wish so, they have every reason to launch them on PC, but W8.1 exclusive

    isn’t Halo: Spartan Assault game already planned as W8 exclusive?

    #35 2 years ago
  36. OnionPowder

    @27 the shit that you spew is outstanding. Good luck using mainly OpenGL rendering when barely any engines or games use it. Look at the abysmal Mac or Linux catalog compared to Windows catalog of games. It’s not as simple as “I HATE MS I WILL USE OPEN GL”

    #36 2 years ago
  37. lucky.joker.993

    he said on next generation console like xbox one..so does that mean exclusive or all the next gen consoles??

    #37 2 years ago
  38. OnionPowder

    @35 Titanfall is confirmed not exclusive to Windows 8.

    http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Titanfall-Exclusive-Windows-8-Gamers-Rejoice-56840.html

    #38 2 years ago
  39. zme-ul

    @36
    Valve already ported a lot of their games to MAC, with Linux in the future
    and guess what!? they run better

    OpenGL is not a locked platform like DX is
    OGL can run on every version of Windows, Linux, Unix, MacOS, Android as long there is hardware support and driver support

    @38
    that can change in a blink of an eye if MS pumps the right amount of cash into them

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Phoenixblight

    @39

    “Valve already ported a lot of their games to MAC, with Linux in the future
    and guess what!? they run better”

    Source uses Open-GL right out of the box so its a non-issue.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. zme-ul

    @40
    rendering on Windows is done only via DX, there is no option to switch to OGL (as far as I know and searched for it)

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Phoenixblight

    @41

    Because they don’t give you an option. Derp

    #42 2 years ago
  43. OnionPowder

    @39 It’s not the OS that matters, it’s the game that matters. While Valve has ported some of their games to OGL that doesn’t count the other thousands of games that are on Steam that remain DirectX and Windows exclusive. Right now Mac has less than 10% of the games that Windows/DX supports and Linux has an even smaller 2%.

    Now with both consoles running AMD and AMDs history of shit support of OpenGL I would expect even less support moving forward.

    Are you seriously complaining about the fact that if Microsoft wanted to that they could purchase exclusivity rights to something even though it’s 100% confirmed that they haven’t?

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Phoenixblight

    @43

    Both next gen consoles will us Direct X 11 right out of the box so I see even less people using Open GL.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Dean

    @44 PS4 isn’t using DirectX anything. Anyway, this whole tiled texture thing is just Microsoft exposing partially resident textures (see http://www.amd.com/uk/products/technologies/gcn/Pages/gcn-architecture.aspx).. it’s not a hardware feature specific to DX 11.2 or anything. Both console platforms will use this..

    #45 2 years ago
  46. zme-ul

    @43
    huh?!

    @44
    since when PS4 uses DirectX, on a FreeBSD OS nonetheless ?!?!?!
    of course it’s not a hardware function but it’s meant to lockdown it’s usage to DX11.2 and neither nVidia nor AMD have a say in this

    #46 2 years ago
  47. dkpunk

    DirectX has always had platform specific milestones. DirectX 5.2 Win98, 6.1a Win98Se, 7.1 Win ME, 9c Winxp sp2, 10 Vista. This is nothing new people.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Phoenixblight

    @45

    PS4 will not support DX11.2. Jesus people learn how to flipping read.

    http://www.geek.com/games/sony-iimprove-directx-11-for-the-ps4-blu-ray-1544364/

    http://hothardware.com/News/Sony-Sheds-More-Light-On-PS4-Hardware/

    #48 2 years ago
  49. zme-ul

    @47
    DX8.1 was the very 1st to exclude support for Win95, but supported everything from Win98 to W2K
    while DX11.2 will be the very 1st to exclude everything else but W8.1 – the system it was designed to sell

    #49 2 years ago
  50. OnionPowder

    @49 Really? Use DX10 on Windows XP or any previous OS.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. dkpunk

    @49 All of the versions I listed were specific to the platform. For example, DX10 was never released on anything lower than Vista. If you mean forward support, then yes, you’ll be able to get DX 11.2 on Win 9 and beyond.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. zme-ul

    @50
    fun fact: DX10 can be run on Windows Xp

    oh and btw, what did people do when they were locked out of running DX10 games on Xp? they bought Vista
    that’s what DX11.2 is mean to do, to lock the platform down and force people to ditch Vista, W7 in favor of the piece of shit W8 is

    #52 2 years ago
  53. Stephany Nunneley

    @26 You are awesome! Thanks for telling me this.

    @23 It’s a Kingston 30GB. Yeah, it’s small.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. dkpunk

    @52 DX 10 cannot run on Xp. If you use some hack or emulator it may report it as 10, but in actuality it’s running 9c.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. zme-ul

    @54
    DX10 can very well run on Xp
    the problem is that neither ATi nor nVidia dared to release a DX10 driver for Xp

    #55 2 years ago
  56. OnionPowder

    @52 I’ve been using Windows 8 since launch and have had no issues. If you mean to say that you don’t like how Metro looks so it’s a worse OS when overall it’s faster in every aspect then get the hell out of here.

    #56 2 years ago
  57. zme-ul

    @56
    I have no plan to take hundreds of Euros out of my pocket to pay for a W8 licence because MS forces me to; I have W7 SP1 and I haven’t had issues with it

    want to side with MS and shove shit on my throat, very much go to hell I say

    tiled resources isn’t even a hardware function .. it’s software

    ps: aren’t you one of those who doesn’t see the issue with XB1′s DRM?
    yeah .. thought so

    #57 2 years ago
  58. OnionPowder

    @57 So it comes down to you don’t want to pay to upgrade? There is no problem with using Windows 7 over using Windows 8, but to say that Windows 8 is shit for no reason other than “fuck you and microsoft I’ll keep my money” is stupid.

    Also I remember Direct X 11.1 being Windows 8 exclusive, as well as Internet Explorer 10. Yet here I am using a Windows 7 PC with IE10 and DX11.1

    You never know how their support will change in the future, except if it comes to Microsoft then they’re always going to be changing to fuck you based on these comments.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. nollie4545

    Sons of bitches, MS.

    Dear PC gamers.

    You don’t want our new shiny and pretty pants OS, but you’ll have to buy it because you can’t have the lastest DX version for your precious games otherwise.

    Sincerely

    Microsoft.

    Fucking tossers.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. zme-ul

    @58
    IE10, IE1000 are not absolutely necessary to browse the internet, I still can use IE9 or use another browser entirely

    while with DX11.1 and 11.2, when a game is exclusive to that platform, I must buy the new W8

    and keep in mind W7 Sp1 isn’t even officially off shelf, not to discuss it’s end of support circle, 2015 (2020 extended) – while MS decides to just kill it after 2 years (just one year if you consider W8 DX11.1)

    #60 2 years ago
  61. machy

    still i won’t buy win8 .. win7 is my OS

    #61 2 years ago
  62. Clupula

    @33 – How ironic that a person with both “daddy” and “bear” in his name would use a homophobic slur.

    #62 2 years ago
  63. DSB

    @62 I’m not sure it should, but that really reminds me of this.

    #63 2 years ago
  64. Kalain

    I’m pretty sure that this is going to be a non-issue. We really haven’t moved away from DX9, and I doubt many companies will be moving to DX11 in the next few years since several devs are still supporting the 360 and PS3.

    #64 2 years ago
  65. xxJPRACERxx

    DX10 can’t run on XP because DX10 runs in concert with the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) architecture introduced with Vista that is completely different from the old display driver model of XP. Like dkpunk said, “If you use some hack or emulator it may report it as 10, but in actuality it’s running 9c.”

    #65 2 years ago
  66. zme-ul

    @64
    the “non issue” becomes very real with XB1 exclusives
    and who does exclusives, mainly MS

    how would they force W8.1 sales? by releasing “Halo” or some other shit on DX11.2

    @65
    sorry, but WDDM is a graphics driver thing, not a DirectX thing
    WDDM in Vista, W7, W8 works on top of DirectX via DXGI

    #66 2 years ago
  67. CPC_RedDawn

    I am totally against not at least releasing this for Windows 7, sure not Vista and XP as they are rubbish and old (in that order lol).

    I do however find the function of allowing a video card to take advantage of system RAM to improve texture performance. This will greatly benefit AMD’s APU’s as the GPU’s inside them rely on system RAM and its memory source. And APU likes fast RAM and gives a nice performance boost when using up to 1866MHz speeds, this new function in DX11.2 would seem to help out even further.

    #67 2 years ago
  68. CPC_RedDawn

    @66

    The day Microsoft release a good game for PC in the coming years I will literally give a frog a BJ.

    Except Halo 1, & 2 and the AoE series they have released nothing really not worthy. Orc’s Must Die was fun but could of been better. Releasing Halo 5 for PC would take away from sales of the console version, a lot more than you think.

    #68 2 years ago
  69. xxJPRACERxx

    @66 Doh, I know WDDM is a driver thing, the 2nd “D” IS for “Driver”. And you got it all wrong, WDDM doesn’t works on top of DX and DXGI but at the bottom. There’s D3D -> DXGI -> WDDM -> Kernel -> Hardware. WDDM is the layer that represent the gfx drivers from nVidia/AMD.

    And I’ll say it again, WDDM IS the reason there’s no supports for DX10 in XP, because DX10 is built to talk with WDDM and XP doesn’t support WDDM.

    It’s exactly the same reason why you need Win 8 for DX 11.2, because you need WDDM 1.3, which is available only in Win 8.1.

    #69 2 years ago
  70. G1GAHURTZ

    Cool…

    I wonder how many X1 games might use this tech…

    #70 2 years ago
  71. Phoenixblight

    @70 Multiplats none. First and second party devs? Sure why not.

    #71 2 years ago
  72. Irani

    Nice , Long Live Microsoft , Shame to Sony

    #72 2 years ago
  73. Joe_Gamer

    The only thing they are accomplishing with this exclusive bullshit is keeping game devs from using it. No one is going to throw resources at features that will only be used by what, uh %4 percent adoption now?

    I get enough annoyance dealing with Server 2012 at work(Win 8 interface FTL) there’s no way in hell I’m putting that shit on my home computers as well.

    #73 2 years ago
  74. Vice

    Geezes, what a piece of shit MS are…

    #74 2 years ago
  75. lexph3re

    I use Windows 8 on one of my work computers and I enjoy it. Al beit its an all in one computer which makes it funner its overall got its ups and downs. For one it doesn’t seem to register gp’s of server 2008 r2 very well. It kind of negates them giving me access to things i shouldnt have access to. And, it also drops network drives a little to often for my liking. I get tired of mapping the drives all the time.

    I am really looking forward to 8.1 though. As for a gaming platform that will take time to warm up to. Wish them the best though because i wouldnt mind 8 succeeding at all. May push for touch interfaces being a standard for all devices in the future.

    #75 2 years ago
  76. Mombasa69

    May not be many PC users that will use DX11.2 but it doesn’t matter, if you want to play games and want to use all the features and enhancements of DX11.2 you will need to get your PC ready for it.

    Xbox1 will be using it and many of your PC games will be ported from that hardware, which is also AMD/Radeon based, the closer your PC is to that hardware the better, so forget Intel.

    Oh you will also most likely need a GPU that’s DX11.2, and OS that’s 11.2, Drivers that are DX11.2 and of course the game that supports it…

    That’s always been the case in the past.

    #76 2 years ago
  77. Mombasa69

    Update; The next Radeon 9000 series out in October will be the first true 100% compatible DX11.2 GPU.

    #77 1 year ago

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