Okay no. Flagship's Hell Gate:London is DX10/Vista because of MS involvement. The Alpha of HGL is on XP/DX9, but they already said they are forcing the move to DX10 due to commitments.
And Flagship is not the only DEV that has DX10 projeccts that have Vista / LIVE tie-ins that require upgrades.
You seem to be missing the obvious points of developers utilizing a technology that currently does nothing beneficial for us gamers. Nothing! But you did buy into the hype, Microsoft is paying developers to use DX10. And for some developers, that isn't even enough to waste the time on a seperate renderer from what it really takes away in real productivity from the game rather than messing with DX10. I wonder how long it will take, how many DX10 games, before gullible people realize that reality of performance is contrary to the words.
As a gamer now all you can say is, look my uber PC is running DX10 while you only have DX9 on XP, l00z3rs. And yet the DX10 always performs worse when you can't notice anything graphically better. Silly, but that is all DX10 provides for us, until possibly when a game were to be written in it from the ground up, but Vista still performs poorly on it's own. While XP is around and DX9 performs better, which it does and will for a long time, no one will be going full DX10, just for marketing purposes for gullible people.
I have an 8800 but I never bought it for DX10, DX10 is a joke and won't be utilized for a couple years. And by then, we will have something actually worth developers time of using. Unfortunately it's in all our best interests to skip over the 8800 and 2900 cards and go to wddm2 compliant hardware ASAP.
This is all a cluster fuck with the chicken and the egg fiasco. It was poor planning by Microsoft because they needed to get Vista out when they did, now everyone like GPU companies has to struggle to adapt for the next couple years on how to get this to level off.
For now DX9 will be great for the next several years. Until MS figures out what they are doing, and at the very least makes Vista something worth adopting over XP.This comment was edited on Aug 12, 16:31.