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If Direct X 12 is Windows 8+ exclusive how will this effect games?

I remember when they made direct X 10 Vista + exclusive and some games I wanted to play would no longer be available to me with my old OS. It was less than a year ago that I finally moved to windows 7 and I would like to stick with it for the next few years at least. I really don't like windows 8 and yes I have tried it, a lot.

Microsoft have often made dumb/bold moves in the past but surely they know that their current newest OS doesn't have enough of the market share to make software like Direct X exclusive to it. I realize to do so would be an attempt to make more people move over to OS 8 but what I think will actually happen is many gamers will just drop the PC all together. As a result, a lot of developers would stop making games for the PC.

But what do I know. What do you think would happen if Microsoft made Direct X 12 exclusive to windows 8+
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  1. A lot of pissed off people, but in no way would it make many gamers just drop the PC all together. All in all buying a 100$ OS to get extra performance out of your current hardware, compared to upgrade individual parts that would exceed 100$, isn't that steep. However I highly doubt microsoft would make it solely for win8 or win9 as this is supposed to be direct competition for the mantle API.
  2. It's just just $100. Some people also really don't like windows 8. I personally find windows 8 doesn't work as well with older games as windows 7 does. There are many reasons not to upgrade actually.
  3. Then don't upgrade if you don't like it. Many people don't like McDonalds yet they are thriving. Anyways speculation is just that.
  4. Devballs said:
    Then don't upgrade if you don't like it. Many people don't like McDonalds yet they are thriving. Anyways speculation is just that.


    I imagine that mantel wont require the upgrade and enough games support that so I'll just stop supporting Direct X all together if they move to windows 8+ exclusively.
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    That requires AMD GPUs, specifically GCN GPUs, where Direct X just requires newer generation of GPUs that already support Direct X 11. Highly doubt that if Direct X 12 provides the same benefits that mantle does that game makers will only target a select niche of users, just seems like bad business to me, just like Microsoft only pushing it to win 8.
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