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Microsoft revealed that the latest version of its multimedia API will require Windows 8.1 on the PC, and comes built into its next generation Xbox One console. With this, Microsoft established that you will need Windows 8.1 or later, to access future versions of DirectX.

Microsoft has often used the tactic of limiting DirectX versions to certain versions of Windows, often citing driver model changes, to force PC enthusiasts to either upgrade, or lag behind in PC technology, and in the past it worked. Windows XP capped out at DirectX 9.0c, forcing gamers to upgrade to Windows Vista, to experience cutting edge games of the time, such as “Crysis,” with new visual effects that DirectX 10 brought to the scene. DirectX 11.0 had the unique distinction of spanning across Windows Vista and Windows 7. DirectX 11.1 was exclusive to Windows 8 and above, as it required WDDM 1.2 (Windows display driver model). The Direct3D component of the API didn’t bring anything substantial to the scene. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft is introducing DirectX 11.2, it requires WDDM 1.3, which the operating system introduces. Since Windows 8.1 will be offered as a free upgrade to current Windows 8 users, it’s effectively the Windows 7 user base, that’s being asked to take a hike.

DirectX 11.2 introduces a few new Direct3D features that could matter to games. The “D3D tiled resources” feature is analogous to OpenGL MegaTexture, implemented on id Software’s “Rage.” The feature offers a better alternative to the current model of streaming textures as a 3D scene is being rendered; by letting developers use larger textures that are fewer in number.wholesale jerseys from china Portions of these giant monolithic textures would be accessed by an application, as they become relevant to the scene being rendered. The complete texture needn’t be loaded to the memory. In essence, mega textures heralds a sort of virtual memory system to GPUs, and shifts the focus from increasingly larger video memory to faster memory.

With Windows 7 user base being cut out from DirectX 11.2, game developers may think twice before spending time to implement D3D tiled resources, but there’s also Xbox One to consider. DirectX 11.2 is at the heart of the console, and Microsoft could recommend developers to take advantage of tiled resources, to optimally use the console’s limited hardware resources.

So in reality no developer will use DX11.2 because it makes the user base so tiny as to make the game a straight up failure. So theres no reason to even worry about it as it stands lol.

crazyeyesreaper said:lets see Direct X 11 launched in October 2009

first games to truly use DX11 came out in March with the majority releasing in September 2010

so thats 5 months till the first title and 11 months for the first wave of titles

nothings used DX11.1

nothing really used 10.1

DX 11.2 being Windows 8 exclusive and being an OS with only 5% of the market means no developer will make use of it since Windows 7 still holds 44% and climbing.

FordGT90Concept said:Don’t underestimate the power of Xbone. Because developers have to code for 11.2 means they have no reason not to use 11.2 for Windows titles as well.

AMHERST Playing at the Curry Hicks Cage at UMass Amherst has become almost a second home for No. 2 Hoosac Valley girls basketball. The red and white uniforms with Hurricanes across the chest have stayed the same over the past four years, with Hoosac Valley capturing three straight Western Massachusetts titles.

But while the jerseys have stayed the same, the faces and names have changed.

On Wednesday, as the Hurricanes looked for a fourth straight sectional title game appearance, a familiar face and a new face led the charge against No. 3 Hampshire.

Freshman Alie Mendel led Hoosac with 16 points, and junior Fallon Field poured in 15 as the Hurricanes knocked off the Red Raiders 60 49 in a back and forth affair that saw the first three quarters end with buzzer beating 3 pointers.

think this gets more exciting every year, Field said. every year comes more experience. It not easy to come to the Cage and play your best game your first time. It different experience than playing at Hoosac We used to it now. the win, Hoosac Valley will have a chance at a four peat on Saturday, taking on Berkshire rival No. 4 Drury at the Cage in the WMass final.

The Hurricanes (19 5) jumped out to an 8 0 lead out of the gate, with Mendel and Field swishing deep 3 pointers. The guard heavy Hoosac lineup set high screens to free up space out high, resulting in open looks for the duo beyond the arc.

knew this was going to be a tough game, Mendel said. we were able to take out our nervousness on defense. We were able to execute the offense very nicely tonight and my teammates were just looking for me to get open It was very important to get the first punch tonight. Hampshire (19 5) after the run, climbing back into the game with Katy O down low and Lexi Turgeon from outside. The Red Raiders tied the game at 14 in the final minute of the opening quarter, but Madi Ryan stepped into a 3 pointer at the buzzer to push Hoosac Valley ahead 17 14 after the first eight minutes.

Turgeon hit a runner in the lane to give Hampshire its first lead early in the second quarter, but the battle tested Hurricanes responded once again. Field and Mendel went to work again on jumpers, and Kailynne Frederick nailed two straight jumpers to push Hoosac Valley ahead once again.

O answered with a 6 0 run of her own late in the second quarter, picking up multiple offensive rebounds that turned into layups as Hampshire went ahead 30 29 in the final minute.

so proud of them, Hampshire coach Amy Cyr said. know nervousness played into the start of the game. Not just in games either, but after a loss we came back harder in practice and we worked harder. I was really pleased to see us not go away but rise to the occasion. O final bucket, Hoosac Valley wasted no time in regaining the lead before the halftime buzzer. The Hurricanes pushed the ball off the inbounds, with freshman Skylar Case taking the dribble in the final seconds. She heaved a shot from just inside half court, banking in the 3 pointer to give the Hurricanes a 32 30 lead headed into the locker room.

was certainly a momentum boost, Hoosac coach Ron Wojcik said. was a great shot by Skylar. We count on her too. It the type of thing where I think it gave us a little boost going in. We were more disappointed in ourselves giving up the lead.

we lost our lead, our big lead, it was a definitely a big momentum builder, Field added. gave us more confidence going into the second half. We were hitting some shots now.http://www.cheapnfljerseysonlinef.top We weren very hot in the first half, but that gave us a kick. swished two free throws in the third as Hoosac pushed ahead by six points, bolstered by a trey from Frederick and four more points from Field. Turgeon returned the buzzer beater favor for Hampshire at the end of the third quarter, cutting down the Hoosac Valley advantage to 46 40.

But, as the Hurricanes have down throughout their four year run, the big names came to play when it mattered most. Field added six more points in the fourth quarter and Mendel drained two more free throws to round out the win.

have a lot of young girls this year, Wojcik said. really didn know what to expect. Obviously some of them stepped up in this game Alie has matured throughout the season. She gotten better every game. She had a little bit of a lull halfway through the season, but since then she picked it up. For her to do what she did tonight in this environment, and having the assignment of guarding Chelsea Moussette the whole game, I thought she had an outstanding game. think every day we try to not get her playing like a freshman, Field added. always pushing each other and getting each other up. She been playing very well for us. finished with a game high 17 points for Hampshire, and Turgeon added 10 for the Red Raiders in the loss.

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