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DirectX 11 Announced, Compatible with DirectX 10 Hardware

This Gamasutra article, also from Microsoft's Gamefest 2008 developer conference in Seattle has word that DirectX 11 has been announced, though no specific release date is specified. Unsurprisingly, this will be for Windows Vista and "future versions of Windows," but not Windows XP. The good news is that there will be no new hardware requirements, so DirectX 10 hardware should be DirectX 11 compatible.

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77. Re: ... Jul 24, 2008, 22:44 Creston
You know what unallocated memory does, right? Jack shit, that's what.

If all you're doing is staring at your pretty 3d desktop, then yeah. Some of us play this thing called "games", and there are quite a few games that enjoy having more memory available. So the 500 or so extra MBs that Vista gophers could come in quite handy in these "games".

"Now, what MS should work up the balls for doing at one point, is dropping all their legacy-shit, throwing backward-compatibility into a fiery pit, and make something good from scratch without all the crap that inevitably carries over. "

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Yes, they should do that. Because here is how the conversation will go :

Microsoft : We made a new OS, it's teh fucking bomb!
Corporate Client : Really? What good does it do me?
Microsoft : Well, for one, NONE of your old shitty programs will work anymore!
Client : None?
MS : That's right! Nothing! All gone baby! You get to start ALL OVER! Buy new software for absolutely fucking EVERYTHING! And then have the joy of converting every single goddamn byte of your existing network data over to our brilliant new system! Doesn't that sound great?! Hello? HELLO...?

But keep dreaming buddy.

I love how people who have Vista always have this vigorous ZEAL about pronouncing it to the world. "I UPGRADED TO VISTA AND IT WORKS FUCKING GREAT! I'M ON TOP OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD! EAT THAT XP-USING CAVEMAN! I'M BETTER THAN YOU ARE!"

Really, you guys should get together with all the early adopters of the iPhone and form a support group.

In order for most people to upgrade, there should be some benefit. That's how the world works. Do something -> get benefit. What's the benefit of upgrading to Vista? DX10? For that one game that uses it? Better "security" features, which basically are Microsoft saying "Look, we have no fucking clue how to fix anything, so we're just going to pop up an "are you sure?" box everytime you want to blink, or we're just going to disable everything that had a security hole in it?"
The "your games MIGHT run just as fast as they do in XP! In some cases, they're only 10% slower!"
Or is it the wonder whether my sound card will still work the way it does in XP, because MS has spent 13 years getting everyone to use DirectSound, then unceremoniously dumps it and FUCK the customer?

Benefit of Vista over XP seems to be about absolutely zero. But no, you're right, I SHOULD fork over another 200 bucks so I can have a worse OS. After all, poor Steve Balmer has to feed his kids, right?


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