Win32 and DX10 support will be dropped in Elite Dangerous in 6 months

Win32 and DX10 support could be dropped in Elite Dangerous in 6 months

Win32 and DX10 support will be dropped in Elite Dangerous in 6 months

Win32 and DX10 support will be dropped in Elite Dangerous in 6 months

 

In 6 months time, Elite Dangerous could be dropping support for Win32 and DirectX 10, allowing the studio to better utilise modern technologies and graphical effects. 

At this time Frontier Developments say that around 0.5% of Elite Dangerous players use the Win32 version and less than 2% of gamers use DirectX 10, meaning that some players will need to upgrade their systems in order to keep playing Elite Dangerous. The company has given these players 6 months to upgrade their systems, so these players can take advantage of Black Friday and other sales events in order to either upgrade their PCs or purchase a new system on a budget. 

Below is a quote from David Braben, the CEO of Frontier Developments, stating that this change will allow the game to better support modern hardware and push the boundaries of what is possible in the game. 

 

   As you know we spend a good deal of time planning for the future, and one issue (and opportunity) we are considering is the effect of supporting Win32 and DX10, and the benefits we would get if we were to drop them. As you know, we support leading edge technology like 4K, 8K, VR, and with things like compute shaders in Horizons we really push the boundaries overall, but there are restrictions with Win32 – particularly the amount of memory we can address at one time – and with DX10 in terms of requiring an alternative rendering solution in our code. Dropping these two would help us support high end effects with a better result – to make the game better.

About 0.5% of players that have installed Elite Dangerous have used their game on Win32 at some time. Some of these machines are capable of running Win64 (ie the hardware would support it). With DX10 (fewer than 2% of players) it is more tricky as you may need to upgrade the graphics card on such machines.

We do appreciate that although those are small percentages, that is still a significant number of people affected. We want to give as much notice as we can. It will be at least six months before we would make the change, but we want to know your opinions first, and to give warning that the change will need to come at some point, so please let us know.

  Win32 and DX10 support will be dropped in Elite Dangerous in 6 months  

Frontier Developments have already updated the PC system requirements for Elite Dangerous on Steam, asking new users to have at least 4GB of system memory and a DX11 compatible GPU. Below are the game's updated requirements. 

 

MINIMUM:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8 
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU (4 x 2Ghz) 
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM 
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 260 / ATI 4870HD 
    • DirectX: Version 11 
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection 
    • Storage: 7 GB available space

      RECOMMENDED:
      OS: Windows 7, Windows 8
      Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K Quad Core CPU or better / AMD FX 4350 Quad Core CPU or better
      Memory: 8 GB RAM
      Graphics: Nvidia GTX 770 / AMD Radeon R9 280X
      DirectX: Version 11
      Network: Broadband Internet connection
      Storage: 7 GB available space 

 

You can join the discussion on Elite Dangerous dropping DX10 and Win32 support on the OC3D Forums

 

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Most Recent Comments

19-09-2016, 13:08:07

nrage
Win32 and DX10 support will be dropped in Elite Dangerous in 6 months

In 6 months time, Elite Dangerous could be dropping support for Win32 and DirectX 10, allowing the studio to better utilise modern technologies and graphical effects.Quote

19-09-2016, 18:46:48

jimma47
Horizons hasn't supported 32bit at all - just the base game so it's been a while coming. My brother will be annoyed but he's playing on an ancient laptop. About time he upgraded!Quote

19-09-2016, 19:15:57

NeverBackDown
I'm glad tbh. Wish other devs would move on to. 64bit and DX11 should be the minimum for all games.Quote

20-09-2016, 04:13:52

SuB
Quote:
Originally Posted by nrage View Post
Win32 and DX10 support will be dropped in Elite Dangerous in 6 months

In 6 months time, Elite Dangerous could be dropping support for Win32 and DirectX 10, allowing the studio to better utilise modern technologies and graphical effects.
Article originally said will, but some amendments were made, it's could, the discussion has been opened on the forums, the general consensus seems positive so far.Quote
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