Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Microsoft launches DirectX 12; boosts efficiency, GPU control

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Thu March 20, 2014

New API aimed at PC, Xbox One, tablets, smartphones

Microsoft today introduced DirectX 12 at the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. DirectX 12 is Microsoft's latest version of the graphics API, a leader in the $25 billion PC gaming industry. Nvidia will support the DX12 API on the DX11-class GPUs it has shipped. Compatible cards belong to the Fermi, Kepler and Maxwell architectural families, but cards not strictly adhering to the reference may not be compatible.

DX12's focus is on enabling an increase in visual richness through a decrease in API-related CPU overhead. DX12 gives the application the ability to directly manage resources and state, and perform necessary synchronization. As a result, developers of applications utilizing the new API can efficiently control the GPU. The DirectX 12 API will span the Xbox One, some tablets, and smartphones for universality.

Anuj Gosalia, development manager of DirectX at Microsoft, described DX12 as the joint effort of hardware vendors, game developers, and his team. Gosalia showed off the new API with a practical demonstration of the Xbox One racing game Forza Motorsport 5 running on a PC powered by a high-end Nvidia GeForce Titan Black GPU. In addition, Microsoft's software team has provided a driver to game studios to facilitate further design feedback as well as actual game development.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Life n Soul BM211 Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers aren't only for listening to some music at the park or on a long bus ride, but can also be built with tablets in mi ...

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector

With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the din ...

Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Blueto ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News