DirectX 12 on show at GDC 2014

Wednesday, 5th March 2014 23:45 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft is bringing the latest iteration of DirectX to GDC 2014.


Although the GDC schedule doesn’t specifically mention DirectX 12, the tech’s Twitter account and website have both flagged a GDC reveal.

The March 20 sponsored session will be hosted by Microsoft graphics development manager Anuj Gosalia, and is described as follows:

For nearly 20 years, DirectX has been the platform used by game developers to create the fastest, most visually impressive games on the planet. However, you asked us to do more. You asked us to bring you even closer to the metal and to do so on an unparalleled assortment of hardware. You also asked us for better tools so that you can squeeze every last drop of performance out of your PC, tablet, phone and console. Come learn our plans to deliver.

There will also be a session devoted to Direct 3D.

DirectX, for those of you in the dark, is a series of APIs for Windows, Xbox and other Microsoft platforms particularly useful for multimedia, including games. Each new version adds additional features, which is why PC gamers always ask whether a game is using DirectX 11 or not. Developers normally take a few years to come around to a new version of DirectX, as even slightly older systems can’t always support the latest version.

Thanks, Polygon.



  1. TheWulf

    May take a good few more years for its adoption to rise this time considering that this will be locked to Windows 8, and how people feel about that OS. It’ll probably not see adoption until Windows 9, which I hope will be better. Sort of like how DX10 never took off until Windows 7, but it was already DX11 by that point.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. TheWulf

    And don’t just take my word for it, either. There may be some outliers who like Windows 8, but the consensus is that it’s a terrible OS. Sales a dropping off and retention isn’t there.

    Glaring issues (like DPI scaling blurriness) that Microsoft refuses to properly fix really don’t help, either.

    We want to sell you an OS that we’ll refuse to fund expensive fixes for!” — Microsoft

    Their greed knows know bounds, sometimes. They’re getting more and more Apple-like all the time.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Luciferous

    @TheWulf The Windows OS always jumps each generation quality.

    I won’t be upgrading until windows 9, which hopefully will follow the pattern set by the last decade or so of Windows OSs

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Erthazus

    Consoles just started and Direct X12 is in bound.

    Well, this is interesting to see what the next generation of graphics is.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. BrokenSpline

    I am curious on how they will execute this. Surely they would create it to scale with Xbox One and latest OS. Seems a bit soon to be announcing a new API with Next Gen just barely out of the sack.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. The_Red

    @Erthazus If poor consoles have to settle for DX 10 while the the glorious PC gaming gets DX 12 for the Win metr… I mean 8, I’d say the consoles are the winner here.
    MS can release DX 16 and it will still be undesirable as long as it’s chained to a bad OS (Not to say that PS4 or XB1′s operating systems are great. They are meh too but at least suited for a controller while Win8 is best suited for Microsoft’s ass).

    #6 10 months ago
  7. Tormenter


    Direct X is dead on it’s back.

    Because of Steam/linux gaining traction, DX will never again have the lock in power in has has for decades now.. it’s still relevant, for the time being, but fast becoming a curio.

    Devs won’t use dx 12 in general, firstly consoles don’t use it, strike one, adoption in reasonable numbers is a long way off, strike two, DX 11 is just being given general usage atm and that’s been out 4/5 years, strike three.

    MS can shove this.. I’ll never buy another Win OS.. when Win7 dies I’m on to Linux.

    #7 10 months ago
  8. dsr

    I hope PC gamers are ready to swallow whatever bitter pill(Windows 8 exclusive?) MS throws in with this “wonderfully new tech”.

    And then no one will have a clue what you could do all that using open standards and OGL on Windows and Linux.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. Panthro


    It works for the Xbox gamers to…

    They technically swallowed the “bitter pill” by buying an xbox…
    Windows 8 may be garbage (imo) but it is 5000x (accurately measured) better than the ‘optimised’ version of Windows 8 the xbox user’s have to put up with…

    #9 10 months ago

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