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AMD Knocks DirectX

Farewell to DirectX on bit-tech.net hears from Richard Huddy, head of GPU developer relations at AMD, who states that DirectX is holding back game performance. He blames this on consoles, though it seems logical that this would probably be less of an issue for AMD if they manufactured CPUs or GPUs for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Though programming more directly for the hardware on two different GPU architectures would be more difficult, he claims the most common request he gets from developers is to "make the API go away." Here's a bit:

'It's funny,' says AMD's worldwide developer relations manager of its GPU division, Richard Huddy. 'We often have at least ten times as much horsepower as an Xbox 360 or a PS3 in a high-end graphics card, yet it's very clear that the games don't look ten times as good. To a significant extent, that's because, one way or another, for good reasons and bad - mostly good, DirectX is getting in the way.' Huddy says that one of the most common requests he gets from game developers is: 'Make the API go away.'

'I certainly hear this in my conversations with games developers,' he says, 'and I guess it was actually the primary appeal of Larrabee to developers not the hardware, which was hot and slow and unimpressive, but the software being able to have total control over the machine, which is what the very best games developers want. By giving you access to the hardware at the very low level, you give games developers a chance to innovate, and that's going to put pressure on Microsoft no doubt at all.'

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38. Re: AMD Knocks DirectX Mar 18, 2011, 21:13 Acleacius
 
Creston wrote on Mar 18, 2011, 11:02:
That makes no sense. Why would DirectX be "dumbed down" for the consoles? The 360 runs DX9. DX10 and DX11 aren't being dumbed down for the sake of the DX9 implementation on the 360.

Creston
It makes sense to me, m$ directs the development of games based on console abilities and this is done with foresight years ahead of time. While it's true Currently only PCs can use dx 10+, imo the point is m$ is directing the future of dx not in the best interest of PC gaming but for FUTURE plans of the console industry development.

m$ only says they care about PC gaming when they profit from saying it, like when a new OS is released. They have been behind the scenes for 10 years doing exactly opposite in reality.

Despite what m$ Talking Points are atm, they STILL want to dominate the gaming market through consoles. Atm, there's really one thing keeping m$ from overthrowing PC development again for another 5 years (well really two) but the major one is MMOG market. If they break into that market, there will be a major funding shift to consoles again and in this economy it could devastated the PC market.

I personally don't believe m$'s intentions are speculation, at all.
 
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