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There will indeed be another version of the DirectX application programming language (API), though Windows 7 users won't be invited to the party. Neither will Windows 8 users, for the matter. Microsoft confirmed that DirectX 11.2 will be exclusive to Windows 8.1 and its Xbox One console, or at least that's the way it appears. Some sites are reporting that DX11.2 could also end up on other next generation consoles. Regardless of it ends up, the headlining feature of DX11.2 is a new Direct3D feature called Tiled Resources, which exposes a limited virtual graphics memory model to apps. This prevents... Read more...
One of the most persistent and frustrating rumors about the upcoming Xbox from Microsoft is that the console would require an always-on Internet connection to play games. Such a move would severely damage the used games market for the Xbox 720 / Durango, and would prevent users with spotty connections or limited service from taking full advantage of the console. According to a leaked internal email sent to Ars Technica, the official word is that Durango categorically will NOT take this route. From that email: There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection,... Read more...
After freaking out the gaming community with an email that seemed to signal the end of DirectX, Microsoft is now assuring everyone that DirectX is alive and well. The Microsoft XNA toolset is what’s being cut loose. It looks like DirectX isn't going anywhere, after all. The confusion arose from an email that was sent to DirectX/XNA MVPs by Microsoft. The email told MVPs that the MVP Award Program for DirectX/XNA would be retired by April 1 of 2014, giving many people the impression that both components were being put out to pasture. After a flurry of news reports on the topic, Mary Jo Foley... Read more...
The release of the next 3DMark is right around the corner, and to help tide us over Futuremark has released a new trailer called "Fire Strike" that shows off some pretty DirectX 11 effects - aka: effects we hope to actually see implemented in our future games. If you can believe it, this trailer is even shorter than the last one, with the demo portion itself running for just about 25 seconds. It's called "Fire Strike" but it could have easily been called "Fire vs. Ice" since that's that battle we're witnessing. What do you guys think? To quote Futuremark, this trailer features the use of "tessellation,... Read more...
If you like keeping current with your DirectX version and happen to dislike Windows 8, you're going to be finding yourself in a bit of a bind. Despite having shipped alongside Windows 8, DirectX 11.1 hasn't been talked about too much. In fact, it wasn't until just now that I even learned of it. Being a minor version increase, however, nothing here is truly major, leading to a very confusing and disappointing choice by Microsoft: 11.1 is exclusive to Windows 8. This comes as a bit of a shock to me, because about a week ago, I defended Microsoft in a conversation stating that it's "unlikely" that... Read more...
When Epic Games demoed the Unreal 4 engine earlier next year, Crytek barely batted an eyelash. The company's new trailer for the upcoming Crysis 3 is evidence of why. The game environments are stunning, and the company swears the footage its showing is drawn from real-world gameplay. The game engine is flexible; it looks as though the PC version will stand out quite a bit from the Xbox and PS3 flavors. When Crytek released the original Crysis, it inadvertently shot itself in the foot. So much attention had been focused on the game's lavish visuals and detail levels (and the horsepower required... Read more...
After testing the GeForce GTX 680 last month, it was practically a foregone conclusion that a dual-GPU powered graphics card based on the same GK104 GPU was coming down the pipeline. The GK104 at the heart of the GeForce GTX 680 was able to best AMD’s current flagship GPU more often than not in our testing, and it did so while consuming less power and with a smaller chip die size. If NVIDIA could stick two of their previous-generation, much larger and more power hungry, GF110 chips onto a single card with the GeForce GTX 590, doing the same with the GK104 would come as no surprise. As... Read more...
Here we are, less than three weeks removed from the launch of the Radeon HD 7700 series, and AMD is already at it again. Today we’ll be showing you the first two members of the Radeon HD 7800 series of graphics cards, the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition and Radeon HD 7850. These two graphics cards are based on yet another new GPU design, which features AMD’s Graphics Core Next architecture, or GCN. Whereas the high-end Radeon HD 7900 series cards feature AMD’s Tahiti GPU and the more mainstream Radeon HD 7700 series is based on the company’s Cape Verde GPU, the new Radeon HD... Read more...
Here we are, less than three weeks removed from the launch of the Radeon HD 7700 series, and AMD is already at it again. Today we’ll be showing you the first two members of the Radeon HD 7800 series of graphics cards, the Radeon HD 7870 GHz and Radeon HD 7850. These two graphics cards are based on yet another new GPU design, which features AMD’s Graphics Core Next architecture, or GCN. Whereas the high-end Radeon HD 7900 series cards feature AMD’s Tahiti GPU and the more mainstream Radeon HD 7700 series is based on the company’s Cape Verde GPU, the new Radeon HD 7800 series... Read more...
Eleven years ago, now-defunct developer Ion Storm released Deus Ex and made video game history. The original title cast players in the role of JC Denton, a nanotech-augmented agent with the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition (UNATCO) circa 2052. The game's plot is a fusion of classic conspiracy theories and a referendum on what it means to be human. The problems of humanity in 2052—plague, environmental destruction, rampant terrorism—were far enough away in time to be comfortable, but close enough to be unsettling... Deus Ex: Human Revolution: A Sequel We Always Wanted... Read more...
Eleven years ago, now-defunct developer Ion Storm released Deus Ex and made video game history. The original title cast players in the role of JC Denton, a nanotech-augmented agent with the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition (UNATCO) circa 2052. The game's plot is a fusion of classic conspiracy theories and a referendum on what it means to be human. The problems of humanity in 2052—plague, environmental destruction, rampant terrorism—were far enough away in time to be comfortable, but close enough to be unsettling. Welcome to Detroit, circa 2027. All screenshots taken from in-game... Read more...
When AMD and NVIDIA release a new batch of next-generation graphics processors, gaps typically form in their respective product stacks as the entire top-to-bottom line-up of new products is fleshed out over time. When new GPUs are introduced, they usually offer increased performance at a given price point, which drives the cost of comparable previous-generation products downward. Occasionally the supply and demand of both the new and old products will result in a larger than desired price disparity between the new parts and the older ones that still remain on the market. It’s those large... Read more...
When AMD and NVIDIA release a new batch of next-generation graphics processors, gaps typically form in their respective product stacks as the entire top-to-bottom line-up of new products is fleshed out over time. When new GPUs are introduced, they usually offer increased performance at a given price point, which drives the cost of comparable previous-generation products downward. Occasionally the supply and demand of both the new and old products will result in a larger than desired price disparity between the new parts and the older ones that still remain on the market. It’s those large... Read more...
Today, NVIDIA is unleashing another Fermi-architecture based graphics card, but unlike its predecessors, this one isn't based on the GF100 GPU. The GeForce GTX 460 we'll be showing you today is actually based on a new-class of Fermi-based GPU, the GF104. The GF104 borrows heavily from the GF100 design, but it features fewer CUDA cores and is pared down in a couple of other areas as well. In fact, it features over a billion fewer transistors than the GF100. Overall though, as you'll see on the pages ahead, the new GeForce GTX 460 is surprisingly potent given its relatively affordable price point... Read more...
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