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Windows 7 will get Direct X 11.1

by MIG-31 | Tue 20 November 2012, 13:41 | Discuss

It looks like Windows 7 will get DirectX 11.1 after all. Last week a Microsoft employee told the world  that DirectX 11.1 would be exclusive to Windows 8 on Microsoft's Answers Forum.

The fear was that gamers who wanted the latest graphics would have to upgrade.  But there was a fear that developers might move away from DirectX 11.1 because there would be a limited audience for their software. Microsoft has since announced that there has been “some confusion” over all this.  Normally this means that someone said something they should not have.

Windows 8 is to feature the full DirectX 11.1 Runtime package, including Direct3D 11.1, Direct2D, DirectWrite, DXGI 1.2 and a revised version of Windows Imaging Component. For Windows 7, parts of these features will be made available through an update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.

The Service Pack 1 update installs several APIs for DirectX 11.1, but will support just the WDDM 1.1 drivers, and not Windows 8's WDDM 1.2 drivers. Direct3D 11 is also available, including Direct2D and DirectWrite improvements, as well as the D3D11 Feature Data D3D9 detection and WIC updates, Microsoft said.

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#1
RE: Windows 7 will get Direct X 11.1
Posted by Judas | 20th Nov 2012 3:24pm
not sure why windows 8 would only be able to run dx11.1..... i'm pretty sure vista doesn't have an issue running a dx11 .. and it launched with dx10
#2
RE: Windows 7 will get Direct X 11.1
Posted by Trusteft | 20th Nov 2012 8:30pm
Support Vista you lazy asses!
#3
RE: Windows 7 will get Direct X 11.1
Posted by Mike_1 - Guest | 21st Nov 2012 8:42am
Still back on Vista? bad times bro. There wasn't any support from the start, that's a couple years of hardship im happy to forget. Forget Dx, get win7 just to make your life better

As for Dx11.1, they would have shot themselves in the foot if they dropped future support for win7. Though why anyone is bothered by this yet i dont know as most games are still Dx9 to this day. Personally im holding out that the new consoles will be Dx11 ground up for new games and then, maybe, just maybe, we'll start seeing that influx of new technology games we were promised so many years ago with the likes of Crysis
#4
RE: Windows 7 will get Direct X 11.1
Posted by IvanV | 21st Nov 2012 9:11am
I think this means that MS is going to push Windows 8 slightly less hard. It could have something to do with Sinofsky's departure (or not).
#5
RE: Windows 7 will get Direct X 11.1
Posted by Trusteft | 21st Nov 2012 9:33am
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike_1 View Post
Still back on Vista? bad times bro. There wasn't any support from the start, that's a couple years of hardship im happy to forget. Forget Dx, get win7 just to make your life better

As for Dx11.1, they would have shot themselves in the foot if they dropped future support for win7. Though why anyone is bothered by this yet i dont know as most games are still Dx9 to this day. Personally im holding out that the new consoles will be Dx11 ground up for new games and then, maybe, just maybe, we'll start seeing that influx of new technology games we were promised so many years ago with the likes of Crysis
Actually it doesn't affect me at all since the games I buy on PC are not exactly graphics intensive games any more. As for modern games, thankfully they are all multiplatform so I buy them (when I can afford to) on PS3 or 360.

As for Vista, I have yet to find a reason to change it to 7. Depending on what happens with Windows in the future (W9 etc), I might get 7 one day, but for now I have zero plan to get it in the foreseeable future. Partly because of how MS is fucking up their own hold on PC and partly for how each month I have less and less money to spend.
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