DirectX 12 Shipping with Windows 10


DirectX 12 Shipping with Windows 10

DirectX 12 Shipping with Windows 10


As a part of the Windows team, we’re super excited about the Windows 10 Technical Preview that was just released!  The final version of Windows 10 will ship with DirectX 12, and we think it's going to be awesome.

We especially encourage gamers to help us make this release great for you by becoming Windows Insiders.  Game developers who are part of our DirectX 12 Early Access program have even more incentive to join the Windows Insider program.  These game developers will receive everything they need to kickstart their DX12 development, including: updated runtime, API headers, drivers, documentation, and samples, all of which will work with the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

We have a few more treats for game developers...


Unreal 4 Engine 4.4 Supports DirectX 12!




As we announced in our last blog post, members of our Early Access program who subscribe to Unreal Engine 4 can receive source access to the DX12 port of UE4. We’ve worked with Epic to create a DX12 branch on the UE4 GitHub repository.  This branch supports UE 4.4, the latest publically released version of the Unreal 4 Engine!  Come join our open development project and help make DX12 great!


From Asteroids to Mountains, Intel Rocks!

In the comments section of our last blog post, several of you asked about support for other graphics vendors.  We have great working relationships with all graphics vendors and you can expect to see a continual showcase of their progress.   

In fact, in the same week as the Maxwell event, Max McMullen, our development lead, was also present at the Intel Development Forum where he unveiled the latest details on our new binding model while Michael Apodaca from Intel explained how Intel has optimized their driver for DX12.  These optimizations made it possible for Intel to create the Asteroids demo, which they revealed at Siggraph, showing the performance and power savings of DX12.  

Intel has graciously agreed to make the source for their compelling Asteroids demo available to all developers in the DX12 Early Access program. 

Oh, and the screenshot above?  That was a screenshot from an Intel Haswell graphics DX12 machine running UE4.4’s Landscape Mountains demo.

As always, we’ve got even more in the pipeline that we’ll be sharing in the coming months here, via Early Access Program and via @DirectX12.  If you haven’t signed up for these already, you have no excuse now!


My Thoughts

While that fact that DirectX 12 may seem like an obvious statement, given that DirectX 10 and 11 launched with Windows Vista and 7 respectively, it remain unclear if DirectX 12 will launch on earlier Windows OS's. 

Many of you will find this piece of information disappointing, as many would interpret this as DirectX 12 not coming to Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Some would even suggest that the purpose of DirectX 11.3, a DX11 derivative with all DX12 features but not the same close to the metal/ mantle like properties, releasing all the feature-set of DX12 to old (Windows 7 +) Windows OS users while leaving DirectX 12 behind the wall of Windows 10. This however remains unconfirmed and just a rumor, DirectX 12 may still come to earlier OS's.


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Most Recent Comments

03-10-2014, 07:42:52

Nice, didn't I read somewhere that windows 8 users get to upgrade to windows 9/10 somewhere aswell?Quote

03-10-2014, 08:58:37

Getting better and better now all I need is a better PC may have to do a kickstarter for thatQuote

03-10-2014, 09:37:48

Originally Posted by Greenback View Post
Getting better and better now all I need is a better PC may have to do a kickstarter for that
Whats wrong with your current PC? I am upgrading to a 5930k myself, but thats only because I am bored, my 2600k is still great.Quote

03-10-2014, 10:15:58

im thinking of tying the pre release windows 10. i downloaded it from MS yesterday. but will wait till tuesday to try it "i ply asetto corsa on mondays so i dont want to risk losing my assetto corsa nights"
If i like it i will probably buy it. i really dont like 8.1 that much even with start is back. and i never did get arround to trying to reinstall7.
so if 10 gives me a direct upgrade path and works fine then il do that i think.

i guess that means i have moved camp from the "they better give me full dx 12 on windows 7" camp. to the "well it would be nice if they gave 7 users dx 12. but i will probably be on 10 any way" campQuote

03-10-2014, 11:09:45

Originally Posted by Newbie_NS810 View Post
Whats wrong with your current PC? I am upgrading to a 5930k myself, but thats only because I am bored, my 2600k is still great.
my system is getting on a bit and bits are starting to die, and mainly I've got the upgrade itch and lack of funds to solve itQuote

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