Microsoft Releasing DirectX 10 Only for Windows Vista a Mistake
Maybe exclusivity isn’t such a good thing sometimes. Microsoft may in fact learn a hard lesson if developers don’t start picking up on DirectX 10.
In a recent interview with Heise Online, Gabe Newell, President of Valve Software, said, “Microsoft made a terrible mistake releasing DirectX 10 for Vista only and excluding Windows XP.”
According to stats on Steam, only half of the users have a DirectX 10 compatible graphics card. Developers are definitely paying attention to factors like this when developing their games, because only a fraction of the games out there actually utilize DX10 in noticeable ways. In fact, the two different versions of Half-Life 2 Orange Box, one DX10 compatible and one not, are for all intents and purposes the same.
Gamers may find themselves searching for incentives and finding very few to jump on board with Vista. Did Microsoft try to push too hard for a market share this time?
All signs point to yes.
via Heise Online