DirectX 12 Will Not Need New GPU, But Some Of Its Features Will

By   /   Jan 23, 2015

The PC users are well aware of the fact that GPUs cost a lot of money; and when they do purchase one, they hope that it will last them a few years with the upcoming games.

With the announcement of DirectX 12 and Microsoft showcasing how good it is when compared to its predecessor, PC users started to get worried that now they might need a new graphics card that is compatible with DX12.

However, Microsoft has assured that this will not be the case with all video cards as DX12 will support most of the modern hardware.

While we are not yet ready to detail everything related to DirectX12, we can share that we are working closely with all of our hardware partners to help ensure that most modern PC gaming hardware will work well with DirectX12, including; NVIDIA’s Maxwell, Kepler and Fermi-based GPUs, Intel’s 4th generation (and newer) Core processors and AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) based GPUs.

However, it’s not all good news for the old card users, as Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra stated that to utilize all of the features of DirectX 12, the users will need a new graphics card.

There will be DX 11.1 cards that take advantage of a lot of the driver and software tech that we’re bringing in Windows 10, but if you want the full benefits of DX12, you’re going to need a DX12 card.

This is all Microsoft had to share at this moment, but it has assured that company will be present at GDC with something new and fresh for the fans.

Are you satisfied with the compatibility of DirectX 12 now? Voice your opinions below.

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