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DirectX 11.2 an Xbox One and Windows 8.1 Exclusive

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DirectX 11.2 promises to bring a host of new features such as the new "Tiled Resources" technique that will (unsurprisingly) be exclusive to the Xbox One and Windows 8.1.

At this year’s Build Developers Conference, Microsoft unveiled its latest version of DirectX, demonstrated the new "Tiled Resources" technique, and made the announcement that the update will be exclusive to Windows 8.1 and the Xbox One.

"Tiled Resources" allows for significant enhancement of in-game textures by making it possible to simultaneously access GPU and traditional RAM memory and create a single large buffer where large textures can be stored. This technique was demonstrated with a model of Mars which displayed a 3 GB texture using just 16 MB of GPU memory and in Graphine’s Granite Flight Simulator that showed "a remarkably detailed island with gliders constructed out of 64 megapixels."

DirectX 11.2 also promises to deliver a large number of other improvements such as more responsive improvements through reduced delay for applications run on top of an API, pre-compiling of HLSL shaders, GPU overlay support and frame buffer scaling.

We can’t say we’re particularly surprised by the announcement since Microsoft is clearly hoping this exclusivity will increase sales of the upcoming Xbox One console and motivate gamers to make the switch over to Windows 8.1.

DirectX 11.2 Build Tech Demo

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    Blessedman , July 2, 2013 2:09 PM
    I understand about wanting to have exclusivity on technologies to force people to upgrade. I can even understand bringing the new tech exclusively to the console but to lock out 90% of your customer base is an idiotic move on Microsoft's part. Ballmer for the lose. When does Bill recognize this man is kill his kingdom?
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    Spooderman , July 2, 2013 2:09 PM
    Really? You're kidding, right?
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    Blessedman , July 2, 2013 2:09 PM
    I understand about wanting to have exclusivity on technologies to force people to upgrade. I can even understand bringing the new tech exclusively to the console but to lock out 90% of your customer base is an idiotic move on Microsoft's part. Ballmer for the lose. When does Bill recognize this man is kill his kingdom?
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    marraco , July 2, 2013 2:10 PM
    Still not a single game taking real advantage of DX11. Even DX10 support is dubious.
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    slomo4sho , July 2, 2013 2:14 PM
    Great! Maybe DirectX will now finally died.
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    megiv , July 2, 2013 2:19 PM
    Great, now give me back my beloved XNA !!!
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    hakesterman , July 2, 2013 2:24 PM
    Bill Gates won't do naything with MS. Anymore. He has found other interests and unless MS. starts doing a complete nose dive you won't see any involment on his behalf.
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    Stimpack , July 2, 2013 2:26 PM
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    Still not a single game taking real advantage of DX11. Even DX10 support is dubious.


    You should realize that a lot of this has to do with old console hardware holding back the industry. We will probably see more support for stuff like this in the next generation.
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    hakesterman , July 2, 2013 2:27 PM
    If i need Kinect to operate an XB1, i won't be buying.
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    bernardv , July 2, 2013 2:32 PM
    DX11.2? I bet you'll have to read a 10 page article before you're able to notice any difference vs DX11, on a static screen capture using an enlarged picture segment.
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    spartanmk2 , July 2, 2013 2:39 PM
    Ha. They pulled this sort of crap with Halo 2 being vista exclusive to get people to upgrade.

    Passed then, still passing now.
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    koga73 , July 2, 2013 2:45 PM
    STOP FORCING USERS TO UPGRADE THEIR OS TO UPGRADE DX AND IE.

    It creates HUGE development roadblocks because we have to continue supporting legacy systems and can't use new features. As long as people continue to use XP we have to support IE8 which means we can't use HTML5 or CSS3 because IE8 doesn't support it.
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    cookiecat , July 2, 2013 2:52 PM
    Now bring this feature to Windows RT and MS will have a homedunk.
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    Cryio , July 2, 2013 3:02 PM
    @ Koga: So what? It's not like you can't use other browser on XP. IE8 should be dead and buried. And I don't see it that big of a deal.

    In Next-gen we will see games really taking advantage of DX11 and maybe then we'll see the benefits of 11.2

    DirectX9.0c was released in 2004 and games started REALLY using it by 2007.
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    abbadon_34 , July 2, 2013 3:04 PM
    Sounds like a work around to a small, fixed amount of GPU Memory. I wonder why...
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    glitch20 , July 2, 2013 3:16 PM
    MS will stop supporting XP on 2014 but its strange that he mentioned that it will only work with win 8
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    turboflame , July 2, 2013 3:19 PM
    Once again Microsoft holds back gaming progress in order to make an OS look more appealing. One of the big reasons why it took forever to see DX10 games is that it was a feature only available on Vista.
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    phatboe , July 2, 2013 3:25 PM
    LOL MS tryied this before with DX 10 and Vista. Look at how that worked for them then. The same will happen to Win 8. hopefully this will get Devs to use OpenGL instead.
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    toddybody , July 2, 2013 3:40 PM
    Errr...I must be totally missing the point of those [lame] tech demos. "3GB of data"? For the entire simulator or just the textures? How is pushing application data to system memory a new thing?
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    lostgamer_03 , July 2, 2013 3:49 PM
    Calm your tits everyone.

    This is expected, it is called marketing and if a certain company can't provide anything 'spectacular' over the other companies, then it is doomed. DirectX 11.2 will surely drag more users towards Xbox One and Windows 8.1. I look forward to this.

    And BTW. more and and games does take advantage of DirectX 11. Even more games will, as the upcoming consoles will feature DirectX 11 capable GPUs. So saying the DirectX 11 isn't used? Shame on you, seems as if you don't even know what effects it provides.
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