DirectX 12 Analysis: New Rendering Features, ExecuteIndirect & Performance Comparisons

DirectX 12 has a set of exciting features lined up which could change PC and possibly Xbox One games development in a big way.

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curtis922762d ago

“On the DX12 question, I was asked early on by people if DX12 is gonna dramatically change the graphics capabilities of Xbox One and I said it wouldn’t. I’m not trying to rain on anybody’s parade, but the CPU, GPU and memory that are on Xbox One don’t change when you go to DX12. DX12 makes it easier to do some of the things that Xbox One’s good at, which will be nice and you’ll see improvement in games that use DX12, but people ask me if it’s gonna be dramatic and I think I answered no at the time and I’ll say the same thing.”
-Phil Spencer

Eonjay2762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

Thats not going to stop people from making wild speculations, but it will prevent them from placing blame on Phil. He didn't misled anyone. Of course they want people to be hyped for their new API though.

I can already see how this plays out though. People will blame him and say he lied, when he didn't.

Mikeyy2762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

Essentially, a shit storm will brew and the wrong people will get strung up for it. All while Mr.X gets away with fooling the public yet again

solar2762d ago

funny, people dont bash Cerny for calling the PS4 a "Supercharged PC". which made me bust out laughing when i read it.

im really excited about DX12.

Eonjay2762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )


We aren't that extreme about our consoles of preference. I don't think these guys are really fans of Xbox. I think they are more like characters. And sometimes I feel like the whole thing is a stealth troll against Xbox fans.

He is basically stealing information from

A lot of the images on his blog came from this site.
He also steals images and slides from another FPGA company and re-purposes them for his 'insider' bull. Its very deceptive and its down right cruel and targeted at Xbox One gamers.

GameNameFame2762d ago

@Solar He didnt say that.... and how is that relevant?

He said Supercharged PC "ARCHITECTURE"

and how is that relevant to this? Alot of people are desperate to believe this of MS officially shooting it down. People have been saying "wait for GDC" "something will happen at GDC"

and it did.

People ate crows and now we are starting all over.

donthate2762d ago


Phil Spencer do esn't think there is a big difference between 900p or 1080p either so I think "dramatic" is relative.

For me, the increase isn't dramatic either even if you gain a 100% increase. Let's face it, even when you get a magnitude (that is 10x or 1000%) increase, it doesn't really make that much of an impact. If it did, I would be all over PC gaming, but I am not. Heck, I am even considering getting a Wii U, but I am so busy with my Xbox One already.

Eonjay2762d ago


That is a very subjective interpretation of his comment but I believe what you are saying is valid.

Kal0psia2762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

It's simple, Dx12 we do a lot for XOne. Question is, for who? For major publishers with multiplat games? No! If anything it will only benefit any studios that takes advantage of it.

Commenters like Gamefame ONLY wants to remeber this and rinse repeat it when it will never effect him enjoying his Ps4:

" I’m not trying to rain on anybody’s parade, but the CPU, GPU and memory that are on Xbox One don’t change when you go to DX12. "

Which only makes sense and a lot of us who likes what Microsoft is doing with Dx12 totally agree because console hardware is physically outdated the day it's launched. Tell us something we don't know.

But he'll go on forgetting this part:

" DX12 makes it easier to *do some of the things that Xbox One’s good at*, which will be nice and *you’ll see improvement in games that use DX12*."

Again markt this post, Xbox One games developed fully for Dx12 (more likely first party) we'll see a huge benefit and some awesome gameplay. All in my opinion. ;D

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RiseofScorpio2762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

And? Obviously software isn't gonna change the physical hardware itself. Its all about efficiency with what you have. Good copy and paste damage control tho.

hello122762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

Phil Spencer is downnplaying lot of this stuff so it doesn't backfire on the company. Even Brad Wardell says it a PR marketing from Microsoft to downplay dx12 performance gains. Phil is leaving it open to tech guys to tell us more.

Sorry we know what gamers are like i don't blame them after the hate they got in 2013 better to be careful.

Microsoft dx12 will bring performances gains to xb1 i will take bets on it now i be right.

As far as Xbox One goes, the console already has a low level API which is similar to DX 12 so the impact might not be as massive as it would have on PC platforms.

Seriously why do people constantly bring this up as the reason x box 1 will not see gains?

From Brad Wardell who actually created a game with dx12 in mind.

"Every time I hear someone say “but X allows you to get close to the hardware” I want to shake them. None of this has to do with getting close to the hardware. It’s all about the cores. Getting “closer” to the hardware is relatively meaningless at this point. It’s almost as bad as those people who think we should be injecting assembly language into our source code. We’re way beyond that"

bleedsoe9mm2762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

"Seriously why do people constantly bring this up as the reason x box 1 will not see gains? "

same reason nobody asks is your gaming coming to xb1 in the future when sony announces an exclusive but they always ask it for anything thing announced for xb1 .

i have no idea what dx 12 will do for performance , seeing brad wardel game running on dx12 i tend to believe what he's been saying .
one thing is pretty clear with a game being ported to dx12 in one day and crossing play between pc and xb1 in 6 days . i've hear it said that the main reason games aren't getting to 1080p on the xb1 is a simple time/money issue . dx12 is going to make thing much easier and faster for devs to bring games to xb1 . having the xb1 and win10-pc so close together can only bring good things for the xb1 in the future .

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IGiveHugs2NakedWomen2762d ago

"Microsoft dx12 will bring performances gains to xb1 i will take bets on it now i (will) be right."

I was going to reply, but what's the point. People will believe what ever it is they want to believe. Who am I to sprinkle negative energy on someone's cloud of joy, even if it is just an illusion.


Bdub20002762d ago


A quick look at your comment history suggests that all you do all day long is sprinkle negative energy on X1 articles.

@cayosh, at what point did he say DX12 was Magix for X1? What do you know of the X1 architecture and the impact of DX12 to call someone else delusional aabouthow DX12 ccould help?

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the X1 will always be limited by its hardware, can't change its GPU, it is what it is, same thing for PS4, the GPU is what it is. There is no secret sauce for X1, but the fact that Microsoft is doing everything to maximize it's potential is fun and exciting for X1 owners. DX12 may only help the tiniest bit, but it's better than nothing. The cloud may never come to fruition, but the idea is out there now and it could be something amazing, and if X1 owners get to be on the ground floor of these innovations whethe. They transform the XX1 or not is a lot of fun for us to follow and watch unfold.

# stop hating on innovation

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Haru2762d ago

I don't know why you got so many dislikes, Phil really did say that

frostypants2762d ago

People don't like hearing realities that are at odds with their wishes.

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PistolsAtDawn2762d ago

Alright, then you have nothing to worry about. You can rest easy that DX12 won't help the X1. It's always great when you can shoot down something helping gaming huh? /s. Clearly you had this ready to copy and paste, and you were excited to do it, cause you were the first one here.

More to the point, the quote you decided to use here actually points to the aspect that I am most excited for with DX12 and X1:
-Yes, X1 already has a low level AP for CPU usage....DX12 may help some, but not a ton there...but any little bit sounds great.
-DX12 is already rumored to be helping eSRAM by about 15% and helping to get more out of the X1 GPU as well. Probably nothing earth shattering, but any little bit there also helps.
-HOWEVER the most important aspect that DX12 can bring to X1 is tools to help game development. Neither X1 nor PS4 are tapped out yet, but neither works the same way either. At the moment PS4 is a much easier system to develop for and get the most out's just straight forward and powerful for a console. So due to time/money, when companies make games they pretty much just make it for PS4 and copy and paste to X1...which the X1 can handle, but not as well when you do it that way. In brute force the PS4 is undoubtedly stronger. So if DX12 allows for tools that make development easier, taking FULL advantage of eSRAM (NOT the same as eDRAM, and has more capabilities), taking full advantage of tiled resources, developing cross play games, and easy porting....and that means more devs start building games from the ground up for DX12 and built specifically for X1 instead of copy and pasted from PS4....we might some real significant changes (esp if we then add in whatever % DX12 allows for more efficient usage of the hardware...even 5% could be great)

FordGTGuy2762d ago

"DX12 makes it easier to do some of the things that Xbox One’s good at, which will be nice and you’ll see improvement in games that use DX12"

No one has ever claimed that DX12 is going to make a dramatic change to games on Xbox One. Even Phil Spencer says in the same quote you use to try and disqualify DX12 on Xbox One that you will see improvements to games on Xbox One using DX12.

Azzanation2762d ago

DX12 wont change the Hardware. It will optimize it even better then before. Thats something you fanboys choose not to accept. Don't be jealous of DX12. Its a good thing for PC/Xbox/Mobile gaming.

t-hall7852762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

geez people. if it wasn't gonna do anything then why even add it to the system? Of course we'll see gains. Will it be like getting a new system? No but it will help keep higher resolutions while maintaining a solid framerate. It will take a little of the load off of the gpu and the cpu so things like AI (yeah i'm looking at you The Order: 1886) won't have to be comprimised.

Who really cares if the gains are big or small. It's better than remaining stagnant. Sony fanboys are really insecure about their purchase it seems. They have the more powerful system (on paper) but they still feel the need to talk about graphics graphics graphics in X1 articles. Boggles my mind.

It wouldn't be news if it wasn't news...i'll let you all marinate on that one for a bit.

gamerfan1282762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

People who understand technology better than you explaining what "CPU bound" means is not "insecure".

The PS4 is the more powerful console on paper and in practice. That is reality no matter how much FUD and lying you do.

The Order 1886 AI is fine. The PS4 and Xbox CPUs are identical, the Xbox CPU is clocked 9% higher. That is the ONLY difference but you are Lying and trying to exaggerate using baseless examples about The Order. PS4's GPGPU capability is literally twice that of Xbox.

You are the one making insecure, hypocritical, blind fanboy personal attacks here. While spreading delusions and lies about PS4's stronger hardware.

BG115792761d ago (Edited 2761d ago )

Until proven the contrary, by comparing multiplateform games, the PS4 is not just more powerful in paper, it's just more powerful.

Until now, DX12 will make the Xbone morepowerful x-times, that right now, is on paper.

See the difference here?

t-hall7852761d ago

@gamerfan. The order's ai is not fine we've all seen gameplay by now of the stupid things they do and the lackluster lycans and boss fights. And it has nothing to do with how much power the cpu of the x1 has over the ps4. Its because they used most of the ps4s resources towards graphics. This is truth not fanboy bs. There is no FUD because i dont have a ps4 and wont care to get one until sf5 comes out. You wont see me in ps4 articles praising the power of the cloud. I dont care. I want fun games not graphical masterpieces.

Bottom line is dx12 WILL make the X1 a better system. Too bad the ps4 defense force cant come to terms with that

purp13m0nk3y2761d ago

Lols @ the disagrees for a direct quote.

What do they think. Disagreement will somehow make it not true lol.

OT. DX12 is exciting for what it brings to PC game development. Finally a console level access API for PC devs.

It's just silly the way some of the fanboi s are carrying on about DX12 and the Xbox1. When even the head of Xbox division says DX12 won't effect Xbox1 much. Maybe you should listen.

kstuffs2761d ago

Phil is smart enough to not over-promise anything until it's ready.

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Duke192762d ago

Really impressive jump for PC gaming, curious to see exactly what impact it has on the Xbone

Spid3r62762d ago

Lol On Curtis Copy and paste. The little improvements they have made on the SDK has pushed the Xbox one really close and in some cases better in the performance and resolution department than the PS4. We can see it from a mile a way that DX12 will be very good for the Xbox One regardless on you play with words.

BlackTar1872762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

SDK hasn't pushed the XBOX really close. It inched it forward these things are not tthat far part to begin with.

What i love is the Xbox SDK will continue to bring it to the level of the PS4 is currently and since PS4 is static and can never improve in a year or so it will be the same as ps4 /s

I didn't bring ps4 into this conversation so i'm not sure why you're responding to me.

bleedsoe9mm2762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

when stories leak or sony announces changes to their API , people will lap it up and be just as curious but sony has nothing to do with DX12 stories .

@BlackTar187 sorry just a general comment , i'm sure Naughty Dog is busy squeezing everything they can (at this point , and as they get more tricks) out of the ps4 , MS will always be a little more open about this stuff because of the side side of it .

gamerfan1282762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

Complete and total Lie. PS4 will have a performance advantage the entire generation as it has more powerful hardware.

WCxAlchemist2762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

He also used the word "Massive" in another interview. Do you Know the defenition of " Dramatic" and " Massive"???

Massive/Dramatic change to me is 50% and up So is DX12 a Massive/Dramatic change for XB1? NO! Will it be a "big" change could be..

In closing i agree with Phil and the words he chose..Imo dx12 could be " Big" Difference but not a Massive/Dramatic difference.

Outthink_The_Room2762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

I disagree. Especially about the Indirect/Direct stuff.

The biggest takeaway I saw was the "Copy" function. That could be huge. Massive/Dramatic would fit that scenario quite well.

I'll try to explain my thinking behind this. Basically, they figured out a way to stream textures through a somewhat redundant state. If Tiled Resources can be used for mip-mapping and mega-textures, then this "Copy" approach means, it frees up the eSRAM since the system is holding redundancy.

The metadata that Tiled Resources and Mip-Mapping provide, could theoretically be cached and reused. Meaning eSRAM would be at full capacity, AGAIN.

If what was explained works the way I described, cacheing things would free up a ton of resources with almost no hit to performance. It's like the system is getting more efficient and more power as it caches more data.

WCxAlchemist2762d ago

Going 2b honest i dont understand what you jus said but if its positive im in full agreement with you Outhink.

GenuineGamer2762d ago

@outthink: you are right. This is what i have been trying to say for ages on here. The xbo strength is in its architecture. This power game is not as simple as gddr5 1.8tf gpu = winner. I think once devs get new tools and get to grips with the hardware's unique setup the results will speak for themselves.

jbronie1232762d ago

All I have to say is, if you think m$ made a console knowing they were making dx12, and said console wouldn't take full advantage of dx12, you're an idiot. period

deadpoolio3162762d ago

No If you think that DX12 is going to have a massive impact on the Xbox One you're an idiot period....Elementary school common sense, adding in software DOES NOT massively change the hardware of said electronic device....DX12 will have major enhancements for PC gaming, there are 9999999999999 different combinations you can have with PC hardware, consoles have 1 spec

Any moronic Xbox fanboys who thing DX12 is going to be the savior of the Xbox One are going to have a lot of heartbreak and disappointment coming their way....1st party games will be developed with DX12 and have some gains, 3rd parties will NOT develop using DX12 because they know the PS4 is massively outselling the Xbox one

GenuineGamer2762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

@deadpoolio316: Your biased ignorance on this subject is showing.

Regardless of any performance improvements which there will be no matter how many times people like you say there wont, DX12 will make the ps4 the odd one out for game development. The ease of making a game on PC and porting it over to xbo in mere days with dx12 will save companies alot of money.

It seems some people cant grasp the importance of software. Apart from system architecture how else can you explain iphones outperforming some android devices with twice or 3 times the specs.

Some people forget how important good software is to overall performance of these products.

gamerfan1282762d ago

Xbox's API uses DX 11.x that already includes features from DX12. It is not some massive game changing software update that will unlock secret hardware power.

GenuineGamer2762d ago (Edited 2762d ago )

Man im so sick of these stupid comments!!! Just stop you clearly don't know anything about dx12 otherwise you wouldn't be saying stupid crap like that.

Can dx11.x allow all the cpu cores to talk to the gpu at the same time?

Does dx11 have an efficient API for the esram allowing true dx12 tiled resources??

What about all the optimizations it includes regarding lighting and particle effects.

Most devs are not utilizing the esram and xbo's architecture correctly. DX12 will provide the necessary tools to help devs do this aswell as many other improvements.

So in a way for some devs it will be like unlocking secret hardware because they weren't using it the right way from the beginning.

Esram is either pretty useless if not used right or amazing if used correctly. DX12 helps with that.

There are so many improvements going from dx11 to dx12 its crazy. To say it won't do anything is just pig headed ignorance.

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