The latest version of their 3D graphics API, Direct X 11.1 has been announced by Microsoft to be exclusive to Windows 8.
While we, the gamers have no quarries against the current technologies on Windows 7, it does ignite a spark when we think about missing out on the new features Direct X 11.1 would be bringing to the table.
You can browse through that list here. Apart from new shaders and texture enhancements, DirectX 11.1 will boast native 3D support. PC games and applications will now offer support for viewing content through 3D glasses by default.
In context Daniel Moth, a Microsoft employee wrote in the Microsoft Answers forum:
DirectX 11.1 is part of Windows 8, just like DirectX 11 was part of Windows 7. DirectX 11 was made available for Vista …. but at this point there is no plan for DirectX 11.1 to be made available on Windows 7.
Will the new version of DirectX really bring about a change when compared to its predecessor? We’ll know for sure when next year games are released with support for DirectX 11.1.