Newell: Vista-Only DX10 "A Mistake"

Gabe Newell: DirectX 10 for Vista was a mistake quotes Valve's Gabe Newell decrying Microsoft's decision to make DirectX 10 exclusive to Windows Vista as a mistake that's harming the PC gaming industry (thanks Slashdot):
In an interview with heise online, Gabe Newell, president of Valve Software, said that Microsoft made a terrible mistake releasing DirectX 10 for Vista only and excluding Windows XP. He said this decision affected the whole industry as so far only a very small percentage of players can use DirectX 10.

When developing cross-platform games which are also released fo Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, developers look for the smallest common denominator. And since neither Microsoft's nor Sony's new consoles support Shader Model 4.0 for DirectX 10, only few games use it, he said.

In addition, Newell bemoaned the increasing lack of input device diversity in PC gaming culture. He would like to see controllers like the Wiimote or the Guitar Hero guitar, but since DirectX support for devices like these had increasingly been reduced over the last few years, developers didn't dare implement these expensive innovations.
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Bet,

If you're looking for the opinion of an Internet stranger, I moved fully over to Vista earlier this year when I built a new machine. Game's run fine on it but I do still have some hiccups with BF2142 from time to time that require me to restart the game.

This doesn't really bother me though because I have been playing Quake Wars beta a lot and that has not had any problems whatsoever.

I tried a few older games (if you consider three or four years old an 'old game') and didn't have any problems there either.
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