Microsoft makes DirectX 11.1 exclusive to Windows 8, no support for Windows 7/Vista

DSOGaming writes: "Okay everyone, you did see that coming, didn't you? Well, it appears that DirectX 11.1 will be an API that is exclusive for Windows 8, just like DX10 was for Windows Vista and DX11 was for Windows 7 (well, that was until MS released a Vista version for it). This does not shock us at all, as Microsoft is simply trying to make everyone upgrade to its latest OS, by any means necessary."

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Muffins12232662d ago

Well it's not that much different from dx11 so i think its safe to say game developers wont use it.

nukeitall2661d ago

Well, just enable it for people on Windows 8 and stick to DirectX 11 for the rest. No big deal.

Most likely you can't even tell the difference if they were put side to side.

Grap2661d ago

it's not like DX12 or something. and MS trying to sell it's new OS.

badz1492661d ago

about their dislike of MS's approach with 8! and there are still not many games even DX11 enabled yet! there are games released recently still using DX9 for god sake!

I'm gonna side with the devs on this and stay with 7! I don't see the need for 8 just yet and my Win 7 64bit is still good enough to serve several more years!

da_2pacalypse2661d ago

I don't plan to ever upgrade to that awful windows8 platform. Microsoft is turning windows into a half-assed version of apple... and that's sad, because apple is already a half-assed version of windows OS.

Anon19742661d ago

So, Windows 8 is a half assed version of Apple OS which is sad because the Apple OS was a half assed version of previous windows OS's, is that what you're saying? And what, pray tell, was the Windows GUI originally accused of being a copy of?

Short memories around here.

At any rate, I'll pass on Windows 8 for now. I've learned over the years, no good comes of jumping on board new Window's OS's. If they flop, MS pulls the plug quickly and even if they don't, they often end up being pretty damn buggy until at least the first major service packs. Operating systems are an instance where it's never a good idea to be an early adopter.

nukeitall2661d ago


"At any rate, I'll pass on Windows 8 for now. I've learned over the years, no good comes of jumping on board new Window's OS's. If they flop, MS pulls the plug quickly and even if they don't, they often end up being pretty damn buggy until at least the first major service packs. Operating systems are an instance where it's never a good idea to be an early adopter."

My experience has been that since Windows XP, every Windows release has been pretty rock solid. No problems at all except incompatible drivers.

If anything it is more an issue of learning the new things.

I don't know why people keep saying early releases are buggy, but I believe it is a myth. It's got to be, because nobody I know have any real issues.

hellvaguy2661d ago

I guess it's just human nature to be scared and stubborn toward change with little to no evidence to support being bias.

Reminds me of when checking accounts came out and all the old timers refused to put money inside of banks. They just keep fist fulls of money balled up inside of their matresses.

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ATi_Elite2661d ago (Edited 2661d ago )

See this is the CRAP that makes many top tier PC Devs such as Valve and Blizzard wanna go the OpenGL route!

No one wants to have to deal with Microsoft and it's greedy tactics when it comes to DirectX!

Forcing Gamers to buy Windows 8 just to get DX11.1 is gonna hurt the development of games using DX11.1 (although the improvements from DX11 are minor). This same tactic hurt the development of DX10 Games by forcing that Vista crap on Gamers.

No one wanted Vista therefore the list of DX10 games was small and DX10 never got any attention from DEvs and had it's problems fixed!

When will Microsoft grow the "F" up and stop this nonsense of trying to force Gamers to buy your Crappy OS's by weaving DirectX into them.

DirectX should be an api that runs fluid on any MS OS and should never be tied to just one OS version!

Windows 8 is crap and is really of NO Use to Gamers or anyone who doesn't have a touch screen. Actually Windows 8 is even more of a turn off to Gamers cause at anytime Microsoft may force Devs to pay higher fees cause of the stupid app store.

It's time for PC Gamers to step up and petition Devs to go all out for OpenGL and alternative Operating systems so that DirectX and Microsoft can DIE when we no longer buy Windows!

OpenGL, Linux, Chrome OS, and I'm even waiting for the glorious day when Apple Execs Open up OSX to freedom!! If Apple wants more market share in teh OS business then all they have to do is Open OSX up and make it Gamer friendly!

Windows and Microsoft are nothing but an eyesore on PC Gaming!

I will NOT be buying Windows 8 but I will find an alternative way to get DX11.1 on my PC just like I had DX10 but never bought Vista!

Windows 7 is just fine and should get the DX11.1 update just like WinXp was deserved the DX10 version!

hellvaguy2661d ago

Sounds like you want private companies to give you all kinds of free technology. Maybe this socialist approach should be called ObamaDX11.1.

TheModernKamikaze2662d ago

I hate it when Microsoft does this, even if it's a minor thing.

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DaThreats2662d ago (Edited 2662d ago )

How about MAC?
Oh yeah thats right

wishingW3L2662d ago (Edited 2662d ago )

DirectX is an API developed by Microsoft and only for Windows. Macs are OpenGL only.

Braid2661d ago

You can install any Windows version to your MAC though. MAC, being the platform, supports Windows installations through Bootcamp, that way you can get your DX9-10-11-11.1 games running on your MAC as well.

MAC OS X, being the operating system however, will never get DX support, as it's owned by Microsoft's software department.

NYC_Gamer2662d ago

MS is just trying to move more W8 copies

mcstorm2661d ago

And do you blame them? Its like Sony or Nintendo stopping development on there consoles for the next.

At the End of the Day MS are a business and to make money you need people to buy your products.

Also is this really a big Deal MS offer anyone using XP, Vista and 7 a Pro upgrade of Windows 8 for £24.99. To me is a no brainer. Your pc will start-up faster and in general see an improvement in speed and you also get D11.1 support.

Ive been using Windows 8 on my work pc for a few months now and I have to say I like it a lot more than the old style windows plus my 3 year old laptop runs a lot better with the new software to.

For me Im going to get a surface pro next year and this will replace my laptop and Xoom as it will be a decice that will do everything I need it to do as a tablet and laptop.

MidnytRain2661d ago

I don't know much about computers, but I don't think it's the same thing. New consoles are more capable than their predecessors. Here, Microsoft seems to be making DX11.1 exclusive to Windows 8 just because they can (money). Even then, at one point, some games were developed for both PS2 AND PS3, as well as the GameCube and Wii.

mcstorm2661d ago

@MidnytRain I know what your saying but Windows is a peace of software like Android or IOS. Apple don't give the new Iphones everything that the new Iphone gets IE Seri.

Or Samsung not offering the latest build of Android on there tablets. Example the Samsung Galaxy 10.3G is still running version 3.0 yet my Xoom is running the latest version of Jelly bean and they are both the same spec and the Galaxy 10.1 is about 3 months newer.

This is the same thing with Windows. Just like consoles, Phones ect its a new OS and MS need to give reasons to upgrade to it. The never gave Windows XP IE9.

People will moan no matter what MS, Sony, Nintendo ect do with any of there products but at the end of the day MS want to get as many people to move over to there new OS system as this is the look of MS now and by getting new users on Windows 8 will help them in selling more Windows Phone 8 and Xbox/Kinect devices as this is there eco system.

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