DirectX 12: First DX12 games to hit the market around holiday 2015, says Microsoft

Thursday, 20th March 2014 18:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft revealed DirectX 12 at its GDC 2014 session today, as promised, during which it was announced the updated version of its graphics API would work across all of Microsoft platforms.


DirectX 12 offers a lower level access to hardware and it will “spread the workload on the CPU and GPU” to better balance threads thanks to increased performance, reports Neowin.

Turn 10 Studios took the stage during the presentation to showcase Forza 5 running on PC with Direct3D 12 and Nvidia tech running at 60fps. The studio said it took a four-man team four months to port the title onto PC using the tech.

Microsoft said during the session that DX12 games would be provided with a “significant performance boost” on Xbox One.

Intel, NVIDIA AMD and Qualcomm will all support DX12 in upcoming and future products. Microsoft said by the end of 2015, 100% of new GPUs and 80% of new gaming PCs would be using the tech.

Microsoft said to expect the first DX12 games to be made available around “holiday 2015″, when “50% of all new PC games will be DX12 compatible.

The firm wouldn’t comment on whether Windows 7 would support DirectX 12, but if history is repeated with this version, it will be exclusive to Windows 8.



  1. Mike W

    hmmm interesting……

    I’m not sure how all of this work, but could DX12 create parity between the XBO and PS4?

    Or is MS spitting PR bullshit again? :(

    #1 9 months ago
  2. DarkElfa

    I’m still not going to buy Windows 8.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Homer2014

    @Mike W pr bullshit, AMD GCN doesn’t support dx12 in hardware

    #3 9 months ago
  4. TheWulf

    Isn’t AMD’s tech available for Windows 7? Microsoft could be making a giant mis-step, here. What could happen is that nVidia might decide it’s time for them to move onto their own graphical API just to keep up with AMD, who may be offering DX12-ish things on Windows 7.

    When that happens, the only thing that’s tying gamers to Windows goes away. If AMD/nVidia then ports their stuff to Linux, so will the other. Then the SteamOS will take off, and it’ll be a big, new thing that marketing can get behind. There’ll be a huge drive, there, and Windows for gaming will be long forgotten. It’ll just be old versions used in office blocks, because the only Windows programs a person might want that are Windows only work just fine through WINE, and extra work on WINE can be done.

    Stupid, Microsoft. Stupid. Oh well, the future of the PC is certainly going to be interesting. I certainly wouldn’t mind if the future of PC gaming was Linux-based. The more open the platform, the better, in my opinion.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. TheWulf

    I’ve even read that with how things currently are, DirectX and OpenGL are actually having to play catch-up to Mantle. Damn. I think my next computer is going to have AMD hardware, because I don’t want to move to Windows 8, neither do most gamers. And those who have that I’ve spoken to have regretted it and are thinking of moving back to Windows 7.

    So, yeah, consider that a future prediction. These are the end times for DirectX.

    #5 9 months ago
  6. Stephany Nunneley

    @DarkElfa What you said.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. runbmp

    @Mike W , complete PR bs. AMD has been in talks with Valve to get Mantle integrated into Linux, this will greatly swing the performance gap in gaming towards Linux.

    MS has neglected the PC gaming market for so long and has abandoned it. It still can’t fully commit to it because it has other market segments like the Xboxone where its trying to shift gamers towards it.

    Valve, AMD mantle, Linux, your move.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. Kreion

    Ohhhh Linux…I mean wow that’s exciting…no. Linux has not and is not likely to be relevant to the general consumer for a while – it’s not going to replace Windows as a platform just yet and you’re stupid if you think otherwise. Does that mean that it’s worse than Windows at getting the most out of a system? No, it’s pretty much designed so that the user can do exactly that – but just as you don’t see everyone running a custom OS, Linux is just not worth it for the vast majority of people.

    Could Steam OS change that? Possibly, but I’ve yet to see anything at all that would make Steam OS worth it beyond the stupid hype that’s generated by Valve doing anything…I swear that they have more fanboys than either console.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. Samurai

    “it will be exclusive to Windows 8″
    Linux support can’t come any quicker. Sick of all my PC games being held hostage on Windows.

    #9 9 months ago
  10. KTF26

    “What could happen is that nVidia might decide it’s time for them to move onto their own graphical API just to keep up with AMD”

    When that happens, we’ll start to see AMD exclusives and nvidia exclusives

    Valve needs to create their own standard API (or OpenGL extensions)

    #10 9 months ago
  11. NocturnalB

    That sucks because DX12 sounds great to me. But then again that may not be the case, just have to wait and see.

    Thanks for the WildStar Beta Key VG247!

    #11 9 months ago
  12. Dragon


    #12 9 months ago
  13. KTF26

    “….we teamed up with AMD and Intel”
    but good news for linux platform

    valve needs to take the opportunity

    #13 9 months ago
  14. Kyl Every1

    @Mike W Totally PR bull and no, it won’t bring parity to XBO/PS4 unfortunately. An API is only a toolset for develpors to access the systems hardware, DX11 is extremely inefficent in this manner. If I remember correctly, i beleive PS4 uses a modified version of OpenGL which is praised for not being reource intensive and allows for deep hardware access already on better hardware so Sony already has a simliar, if not better, API.

    #14 9 months ago
  15. DarkElfa

    @Stephany Nunneley You know? Screw being pushed into something I don’t want and Windows 8 has nothing for me.

    #15 9 months ago
  16. Tormenter


    With GOG just announcing a Linux initiative it’s just one step closer to making your entire comment a heaping pile of dogshit.

    No offense.

    #16 9 months ago

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