Quad-Core Vista Gaming Looking Fantastic

Quad-Core Vista Gaming Looking Fantastic

It's been more than a year since Intel demonstrated their Kentsfield CPUs running Remedy's upcoming Alan Wake.  At the time the world got its first glimpse of what a quad-core ready game could be like, and there were plenty of oooohs and aaaahhhs to go around.

Now that quad-core CPUs are here and reasonably priced, and Vista with its DX 10 is here, what does Remedy have to say about these new technologies?  Here's a snip from a Q & A with Markus Maki, the Director of Development at Remedy:

Q: Does the engine profit from CPUs with four or even eight core? If yes what is the expected performance gain resulting from four or more cores?
A: Alan Wake currently runs faster and smoother on quad core systems than on dual core. Depending on the gameplay situation, the performance gain can be about 30%. We haven't looked at leveraging 8 cores to the max yet.

Q: Does the game support DX 10? Will there be a fallback for DX 9 too?
A: We haven't announced anything on this yet.

Q: How do you utilize the DX10 API? What can only be rendered with Shader Model 4
A: We haven't announced anything on this yet.“


It seems a bit strange that Remedy is so mum on DirectX 10 at this point.
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I wonder why?

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Yeah, that is strange. They must be having problems.

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I wouldnt read too much into it.. Its corprate speak for hes not allow to disclose anything yet.

If you bother to read the entire article he says the game will be vista exclusive. That alone tells me its more than likely gona be fully direct x 10. But thats just my assumption and could be wrong. He just doesnt want to piss off the people using xp still is my guess.

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Vista exclusive?  Seriously?  They must be getting paid some nice money for that. 

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I doubt it. Id rather them develop for vista and it be great than to develop for xp and it be garbage on vista. Xp was a nice long run but it needs to die.

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