Microsoft: DirectX 10.1 fully supports DirectX 10 hardware

By on August 17, 2007, 1:12 PM
Over the weekend, rumors started to emerge saying that the current crop of DirectX 10 hardware would become obsolete once DirectX 10.1 arrived. Microsoft, however, has now denied such statements:

According to Microsoft’s Sam Glassenberg, DirectX 10.1 will be fully compatible with all graphics cards supporting DirectX 10. He told that the current updates are very similar to those performed for DirectX 9 back in the days. All the company wants to do now is to increase the API life cycle. […] However, Sam confirmed that existing graphics cards may still not be able to use all the new features of DirectX 10.1.
New features include incremental improvements to rendering quality such as 32-bit floating-point operations (instead of 16-bit ones, used today by default) and obligatory support of 4x FSAA. Gamers who have already purchased contemporary DirectX 10 graphics cards shouldn’t be too upset, though, as DirectX 10.1 supposedly isn't shipping until Vista SP 1 does. Furthermore, Glassenberg stressed that applications designed specifically for DirectX 10.1 are very unlikely to appear anytime soon, because overall, “the updates aren’t that critical”.




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TimeParadoX said:
"Sam confirmed that existing graphics cards may still not be able to use all the new features of DirectX 10.1."Lol it has to suck... you spent $600+ on a 8800 and it becomes obsolete a few months later :D
n3051m said:
[quote]Lol it has to suck... you spent $600+ on a 8800 and it becomes obsolete a few months later[/quote]well thats the way life is in the tech arena.. at least you got a good looking gold plated paperweight er, i meant still working graphics card :P
8IronBob said:
Hmm, I'm hoping that the almighty 8800 won't see any fate from this, since that's probably the only card from this generation that seems to have the best chance to survive all the extra bells and whistles of DX10.1.
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