Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45
I don't know much about gaming - but do you actually NEED DX11
. Surely most Gamers use specialized GPU's in their systems and the Game manufacturers will surely ensure that their games run on these platforms.
I'll bet there's still loads of people Gaming quite happily on XP and XBOX presumably can have its own software in it too.
In any case I'd suspect that Touch is a decent component of modern gaming - and Touch is diabolical on Windows 7 -- on W8 the whole Touch implementation is STREETS better than Windows 7.
Don't get me wrong here --loads of facilities Windows 7 is still better suited for than W8 but for any form of Touch enabled devices Windows 7 is a DOG. Just compare those HORRENDOUS Windows 7 phones with the new ones -- even Nokia has got some brilliant W8 phones now.
Maybe you gamers should have a look at this. Microsoft explains how Windows 8 smokes Windows 7 | Microsoft - CNET News
Actually you DON'T; you need DX, but not necessarily DX11.
Anyway as pointed out previously, I'm am a BIG time gamer. All you have to do is look towards the games forum here. Also: Tips on Troubleshooting Game Issues
- steps 5 & 6.
That said, if you look at gaming overall, DX11 is really just starting to become the norm as more and more games support it. But for a while, a lot of games were still being released in DX9 or 10 mode, only to be patched to 11 later. Now you are starting to see more and more DX11 titles; however, as of yet there are no DX11.1 titles on the horizon: List of games with DirectX 11 support - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Also, (forgot about this earlier) Microsoft DID
release some DX11.1 features to Windows 7...
Source: DirectX 11.1 and Windows 7 - Games for Windows and the DirectX SDK - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
Sure, we didn't get everything (Windows 7 update brings some DX11.1 features - The Tech Report
) but I'm thinking it's a matter of time, especially if 8 bombs.
Also note that at this time there are no "true" DX11.1 GPU's out yet. Now whether this can be implemented via a software update remains a mystery; but consider this: thus far DX10-11 have been hardware implemented by both NVidia and AMD (ATI) so...? However, I'm sure there's something on the horizon.... and, both ATI & NVidia are seeing dollar ($) signs here
At any rate, as I said before, I'm not so sure gamers will be missing much between DX11 and DX11.1. And, by the time it does catch on... the fate of Windows 8 may well be determined by then.
My two cents.