Posted on August 26, 2007,

Microsoft Releasing DirectX 10 Only for Windows Vista a Mistake

hl2ep2.jpgMaybe 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

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14 Comments on Microsoft Releasing DirectX 10 Only for Windows Vista a Mistake

xx-Thor-xx

On August 26, 2007 at 4:08 pm

maybe they will remedy their mistake and jack that onto xp with a sp3.

SIXAIXS

On August 26, 2007 at 4:19 pm

What makes this situation worse is that Microsoft is working on DX10.1. This means that current DX10 cards won’t work with 10.1 and that screws M$ over even more.

xx-Radigator-xx

On August 26, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Service Pack 3 for DX10 support would be sweet for XP. Microsoft should have never thought that people would instantly go to vista because of DX10. Not a lot of people buy the new OS’s right away so now Game Designers have to build games both for DX9 and DX10 compatibility. Wasn’t like this with DX8 and DX9 because it was backwards compatible to begin with but because DX10 is such a drastic change… Well you now have game designers working harder to push into the next generation of graphics and performance.

MassiveAttack

On August 26, 2007 at 4:59 pm

micro thinks theyre new SX is gona make me get a new ty buggy OS ? windows XP is in its prime, i see no reason to change because like 2 games have some slightly preetier FX, wow, like im gona spend hard earned money on that.

Look at DX 9-10 comparisons in games, if you can avoid that slight edge DX10 provides do the smart thing a finger the MS cronies making these bullsh*t decisions.

I, personaly, am happy game designers have not all gone over to DX10, really pwns MS when i see the whole “DX 10 improvements not utilised” thing.

MS should have stuck with XP, when you got something that works, why change it ?

Dao

On August 26, 2007 at 5:30 pm

Bah, MS will get the caching it needs and wont care about anything else.
Just like the Windows Millenium Edition (ME) – that sucked BIG time, but MS got enough cash from Windows 2000 and ME to bring XP to us…

And frankly, what is the MAJOR difference between MS’s operative systems? Nothing apart from visual and some MINOR performance in games changes… Tell me, is there REALLY something in Vista (im talking about the performance stuff atm) that couldnt be done for XP? Take DX10 – they are ALREADY planning to get it to back to XP. But they will have their revenge, oh yes… DX 10.1 or 10a or whatever they are gonna call it – its near. And they will make it require some new hardware or at least a costly service pack (yes i think that it is about time for MS to start charging cash for their OS patches… thats the only bloody way left for them to rid us of our green).

And then its nothing we cant do about it right? Wanna play fancy stuff? Pony up the green or go and play morally old games… for your 100th time…

a guy

On August 26, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Well i have a xp and i have NO intensions of going to vista. I mean, vista uses 1 gb of ram JUST to work while a pc using 256 mb of ram can run xp without any major
problems, i mean what’s the point of upgrading from 1 gb to 2 gb of ram if vista will just suck up half of it leaving you with xp level of performence when you could just use xp and take FULL use of you ram minus that 256 mb ram it needs to work? It makes no sence from a gamers point of view even with the directx 10! :roll:

Sorry for the bad spelling! :neutral:

xx-Thor-xx

On August 26, 2007 at 5:54 pm

if we get dx10 on xp i’ll be more than happy to pony up for new hardware.

used cisco

On August 26, 2007 at 6:28 pm

Yeah, this whole DX10 thing has been a total debacle from the get go. It’s not too late to fix it though. Lets hope they do.

the|bongera

On August 26, 2007 at 6:43 pm

:evil: :evil: its the same way like they brought up xp. at the startup, it was slugging and laggy. then they stopped selling and supporting older Os’s to make people buying xp, they are going to do the same on xp, trust me!

JSL

On August 26, 2007 at 8:53 pm

Way to repeat what we already know, Gabe Newell. :P
I kid, I kid. I love Gabe. Great guy. I’m glad at least ONE video game company is dedicated to backwards compatibility with their PC games. Source engine still supports DX6 hardware for chissakes. :P Far Cry from the SM3 only Bioshock, which saddens and depresses me greatly.

ssr

On August 27, 2007 at 3:02 am

“# xx-Thor-xx says:
August 26th, 2007 at 5:54 pm

if we get dx10 on xp i’ll be more than happy to pony up for new hardware.”

Agreed.

adrian

On September 2, 2007 at 5:35 pm

VISTA SUCKS !!!!!!

bob knows

On September 5, 2007 at 4:00 pm

:shock:

I HAVE TRIED VISTA AND WOULD RATHER HAVE MY NUTS ROASTED ON AN OPEN FIRE!

I KNOW LOTS OF MCP’S WHO THINK MICROSOFT IS GOING ABOUT THINGS THE WRONG WAY.

BILL G! STOP THINKING ABOUT SCREWING THE LITTLE GUY AND CONCERNTRATE ON DEVELOPING A SECURE AND FAST OS!

DONT STOP SUPPORT OF OS SYSTEMS THAT ARE LESS THAN 10 YEARS OLD, like xp/2000
ITS THE USERS OF THERE SYSTEMS THAT PAY YOUR WAGES!

ANYWAY BRING DX10 TO XP and 2000. :mrgreen:

bob knows

On September 5, 2007 at 4:02 pm

ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE SOMEONE PORTS A WINDOWS STYLE FRONT END ONTO LINIX AND THEN MS WILL BE IN SH*T