DirectX 12 isn't coming to Windows 7 or 8

DirectX 12 isn't coming to Windows 7 or 8Microsoft revealed a wide array of details at its Windows 10 event a few hours ago, and now a few more specifics concerning one of the operating system's major features – DirectX 12 – have arrived, as it won't support older versions, such as Windows 7 or 8, and it needs newer graphics cards to really showcase its power.

Windows 10 was confirmed to the world last year but only yesterday did Microsoft showcase some major features, which for gamers relate to the Xbox application, the streaming system from the Xbox One to PC, or cross-platform experiences like Fable Legends.

A more behind-the-scenes feature is DirectX 12, the latest iteration of the API that powers most games nowadays on the PC platform. Besides bringing more efficient ways of using the hardware, as well as more options for game makers, the API is expected to be a so-called game changer for both PC and Xbox One titles.

Now, Microsoft confirms via RPS that DirectX 12 will be a Windows 10 exclusive feature, meaning that owners of Windows 7 or 8 won't be able to get in on the action.

However, considering that during the first year of availability for Windows 10 owners of those previous operating systems can upgrade for free to the new one, it's not that big of a deal.

Even so, Microsoft does emphasize that, to fully experience the power of DirectX 12, PC users will need to have newer graphics cards. Some existing hardware will be able to get some benefit out of the improved API but it's still unclear just how much.

You can expect to hear much more about DirectX 12 and other developer-centric features of Windows 10 at the upcoming Game Developers Conference 2015 in early March, where Microsoft has already confirmed a presence.

Source: Softpedia

Tags: computer games, DirectX, Microsoft

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