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DirectX 12 won't require a new graphics card, but some of its features might

In a meeting with a gathering of press to show off the Xbox App for Windows 10, Mike Ybarra, partner director of program management who leads engineering efforts for console and PC, responded to the following question about DirectX 12 support of graphics cards.

"To get the full support of DX12 will users need to get a new graphics card?"

To get the "full benefits of DX12," Ybarra replied, "the answer is yes."

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Magnus7011033d ago

This is a little misleading since no matter the case, you'll need a DX12 graphics card to play a game running DX12. Otherwise you'll be forces to run DX11 and under, which is always the case when you begin a transitional period.

christocolus1033d ago (Edited 1033d ago )

Not really. there aren't even many dx12 games out now, fable legends is the only title revealed so far. the api might improve the performance of current gpus and you may see slightly better framerates and general performance upgrades on some existing games atleast that's what i think the article is saying.

"There will be DX 11.1 cards that take advantage of a lot of the driver and software tech that we're bringing in Windows 10, but if you want the full benefits of DX12, you're going to need a DX12 card."

Bigpappy1033d ago

I think older and current games will work in win10 with the dx11 cards, but using dx12 drivers (backwards compatibility). But newer games where cores are handling jobs independently and such, will require the new cards. So the truth is, everyone will need new cards for new games made for dx12

OrangePowerz1033d ago

@Bigpappy

I don't see that happening any time soon. It will be a very slow process. There are not a huge amount of games out now that require DX11 and that one was released in 2009. There won't be any quick transfer to DX12 only games because that would not go down very well in the PC community if users are forced soon to get new cards in order to even play games. It's an easy calculation. Developers can't afford to alienate the majority of their user base on the PC.

A huge benefit from DX12 is on the CPU side and users will still be able to take advantage of that. For the GPU side developers will just make it work on both DX11 and DX12.

Ch1d0r11033d ago

I like how MS always has good incentives for upgrading. More news to come. I hope Win7 machines can take advantage of DX12 and that folks arent forced to upgrade.

AKissFromDaddy1033d ago (Edited 1033d ago )

"Both Nividia and Microsoft today confirmed that most modern PC gaming hardware will work well with DirectX 12."

"There will be DX 11.1 cards that take advantage of a lot of the driver and software tech that we're bringing in Windows 10, but if you want the full benefits of DX12, you're going to need a DX12 card."

Makes me happier that 6970 keeps chugging.

Moldiver1033d ago

So my GTX 670 is in the clear. Good to know.

Studio-YaMi1033d ago (Edited 1033d ago )

This is still not clear to me so if someone can explain it,I'm all ears ...

++"To get the full support of DX12 will users need to get a new graphics card?"
To get the "full benefits of DX12," Ybarra replied, "the answer is yes."++

So does that mean that I will need to BUY a new graphics card or do they mean that (a new) graphics card that is available now like say "780,780 ti,970,980" will do the job just fine and will FULLY support DX12 ??

Talking about Nvidia cards of course ..

mrdeli1033d ago

I run a single GTX 780 TI -- will I be able run direct 12 or do I need mes a new card?

Studio-YaMi1033d ago (Edited 1033d ago )

Same here,a GTX 780 ti and I want to know! :|

Paid a whole damn lot for that graphics cards to get shoved when I only had it for a year or so!

LexHazard791033d ago

You and guy below are all set DX12 will be compatible with your GTX 780ti.

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