Posted on August 11, 2007,

DirectX 10 Hardware Obsolete, but 10.1 Is of no Concern

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You have to love updates, but apparently not all the time. For instance, right now, the gamers who just threw down hundreds to get new graphics cards which support DirectX 10 aren’t too happy.

According to TheInquirer.com, DirectX 10.1 is on its way with Windows Vista SP1, which is delightful, of course. However, one side of the new DirectX version is that it essentially renders the hardware which requires DirectX 10 useless, because 10.1 isn’t compatible.

Yes, the first reaction is, “Oh my God, I just spent like five hundred bucks on a new graphics card and now I have to return it and spend more money?” Probably, not, actually. The developers apparently aren’t going to find any features in 10.1 that are worth their time, and it means nothing to gamers.

For the sake of those out there with a GeForce 8800 or the Radeon 2900, let’s hope the predictions are accurate.

via TheInquirer.com

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18 Comments on DirectX 10 Hardware Obsolete, but 10.1 Is of no Concern

Jim W.

On August 12, 2007 at 12:15 am

I’ll make this as clear as possible — if this is true, people will die by my sword.

cArn

On August 12, 2007 at 2:02 am

but you dont have a sword!!?!?!?!1

Andrew Bell

On August 12, 2007 at 2:14 am

hah, i was THIS close to buying an 8800 ultra edition.. i think i should wait a couple of weeks after SP1 comes out, and maybe a new graphics car series will emerge from 10.1

Ed Z.

On August 12, 2007 at 2:32 am

Lol Jim, I was just about to buy an 8800 GTX few days ago xD. I’ll wait.

John

On August 12, 2007 at 3:16 am

“For instance, right now, the gamers who just threw down hundreds to get new graphics cards which support DirectX 10 aren’t too happy.

However, one side of the new DirectX version is that it essentially renders the hardware which requires DirectX 10 useless, because 10.1 isn’t compatible.

Yes, the first reaction is, “Oh my God, I just spent like five hundred bucks on a new graphics card and now I have to return it and spend more money?” ”

Well BOHOO, I fell sooooo sorry for them…

Screw “top-of-the-line posers”.

Jim, suck it up, and shut up. I bet you have plenty to buy all the hardware you want…

Steve

On August 12, 2007 at 5:40 am

Well John, not all of us have the cash to buy top of the line stuff. But as I had to replace my computer due to it breaking earlier this year, I bought a relativly decent machine with vista that came with a Dx10 card.

So no John, i’m not a poser, but I could get seriously screwed by this update and no I don’t have the money to splash out on a new card. So shut your own mouth and learn some social decency.

Jose

On August 12, 2007 at 8:37 am

Steve is right.
John… you’re a comment whore, so stfu. Now, on to what I have to say about this predicament.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is so messed up. It makes me want to go cut something with a knife. Yes… I do own an 8800GTX and I am highly pissed off about this. I mean, I love this card. It’s the best one I have ever owned and I don’t have a single problem with it, hardware wise and performance wise. I got it about 2 months ago and I’m just now paying off the credit bill for it. Personally, I think NVIDIA and ATI would be absolutely crazy to make new cards for this SP. I can’t even imagine how much money they would lose because of it. I most certainly am not going to by a DX10.1 card if it comes out. We should all go to Microsoft and take turns slapping every one that works there :mad:

danny

On August 12, 2007 at 10:59 am

im up for slapping microsoft any time!

Cory

On August 12, 2007 at 12:47 pm

I have an 8800gtx. And if it doesn’t support dx10.1 I’ll just go an get another high-end card that does support it. You have to pay the price to be the best.

License to ill

On August 12, 2007 at 1:12 pm

Another reason why I stick to console gaming…

Norbit

On August 12, 2007 at 2:06 pm

The reason I haven’t upgraded to a DX10 card yet is very simple. Other than Vista there is no real reason to do so because AFAIK there is currently only one game released that uses DX10 (Company of Heroes). Plus DX10 will only work with Vista and I have no plan to upgrade to that until the finished SP1 is released.

The amount of people upgrading last year was hilarious because there wasn’t even Vista back then. It’s like buying a BluRay player before any BluRay films were released and having to just use it for DVDs. In both cases you get a slight performance increase with your old format but ultimately it’s a waste of money and you would be far better off waiting until content in the new format is released before upgrading your hardware.

DXBS

On August 12, 2007 at 3:37 pm

This is total BS, all DX10 specifications will be backward compatible, 10.1 is just to bring some optimizations and some Sound updates. DX10 games are more than just one: Lost Planet, Call of Juarez have DX10 version support.

AVRUS

On August 12, 2007 at 4:08 pm

Amen, to that, Norbit. :smile:

AWal

On August 12, 2007 at 4:33 pm

lol@this…This is worded soo badly, it’s like back in the 98 days saying your game won’t work with your card because you still have DX6…If the programmers have any intelligence, the 10.1 update will be provided via redistributable packages, as per all previous versions of DirectX, and the cards will still work flawlessly in both modes, just limited functionality if your drivers aren’t to the necessary versions…

Jose

On August 12, 2007 at 6:10 pm

@ License to ill

Normally I don’t care for console gamers, but you have a very valid point.

@ Norbit and DXBS

Don’t forget Flight Simulator X, they have a DX10 patch coming this winter… sorry, I’m a sim head. :lol:

getclub

On August 13, 2007 at 7:29 am

http://www.getclub.com

I will buy vista after 1 year Till then Lots of game with Dirextx-10 will released.

and May be Dirextx-11 also.

REMiX

On August 14, 2007 at 5:44 am

8800 gts owner.
Pissed off.

Really.

Pissed off.

GMan

On November 9, 2007 at 4:49 pm

Even though this thread is months dead, just for anyone reading it now….

As if Microsoft would spend years developing an API then release an update thans not backward compatible within a year.

This following explains what it the update actually means.

DirectX 10.1 is an incremental update of DirectX 10.0 which will be shipped with, and require, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 in January 2008. 10.1 will be backwards compatible with DirectX 10.0 hardware, but the new features will not be available until 10.1 compliant hardware is released. The release mainly sets a few more image quality standards for graphics vendors, while giving developers more control over image quality.

Hopefully thats panic over.