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Posts tagged “DirectX”

Windows 10’s new update adds DirectX 12 Ultimate

There's a new Windows 10 update out, which instils a tiny bit of fear into me because these updates tend to break at least one random piece of software on my PC. But, there are at least a few things to look forward to. Windows are rolling out the new DirectX 12 Ultimate, which will should help some of those lovely video games have nicer…

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DirectX 12 comes (partially) to Windows 7 for World Of Warcraft

Microsoft have brought some of DirectX 12's performance-improving parts to Windows 7, ending years of DX12 being exclusive to Windows 10. World Of Warcraft is the first game to benefit from DX12 features including multithreading on Windows 7, and Microsoft say they're working with several other developers to juice their games up on Windows 7 too. This isn't the full DirectX 12 package and doesn't…

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Microsoft show off their wall of GPU history

Microsoft's Direct3D team have covered some of their office walls with the hundreds of graphics cards they've gathered while working on the 3D API. That's 402 graphics cards spanning 35 years of technohistory. If you get misty-eyed at the sight of a Voodoo card, shed a tear for the Matrox Parhelia, marvel at graphics cards the size of surfboards, or are still bitter that Direct3D…

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Feature: Graphics...the final frontier

Vulkan API: It’s Gaming, Jim, But Not As We Know It

One API to rule them all. Wrong fantasy franchise, perhaps, but that's the idea behind Vulkan, the snazzy open-source successor to OpenGL, alternative to Microsoft's DirectX and something that might shake up gaming on everything from PCs to phones. But what's an API? And why should you care? We'll come to that. For now, if Vulkan is everything it's cracked up to be, it'll make…

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Old Dog, Old Tricks – MS Locks DirectX 11.1 To Win 8

It's been a while since Microsoft pulled the ol' 'oh no, this new version of DirectX couldn't possibly work on earlier versions of Windows' scamgasm, but as the relatively friendly age of Windows 7 is overshadowed by the dawning of the firm's desperate desire to make Windows 8 a cross-platform goliath/software shop, an old habit has returned. The next version of DirectX might be a…

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Why Steam Makes You Reinstall DirectX

"Oh God, not again - can't I just play the damned thing? WHY? [Stomp, stomp, stomp."] This is a sound surely as familiar to the residents of the Brunswick area of Brighton as are the constant squawks of seagulls fighting over the contents of their recycling boxes. This is a sound I make, or at least variations upon it, every single time I first run…

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AMD Claim DirectX Not That Bad After All

Here's an interesting about-face. Last week we told you of AMD spokesman Richard Huddy's comments regarding the DirectX API (I now type "API" with an undue confidence), and specifically how it gets in the way of PCs realising their ability to be ten times faster than consoles. Well, now they're saying words to the effect of, "Um, we didn't say that, and even if we…

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PCs Are 10x More Powerful Than Consoles

Much like I am ten times more powerful than Quintin, the PC is ten times more powerful than the consoles, according to AMD spokesman Richard Huddy. Which leaves him, and us, wondering why the PC version of games often feels more hobbled than bounding ahead. In fact, in some ways the PC is running at a tenth of the ability of consoles. He told Bit-Tech,"To…

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