Microsoft Highlights DirectX 11.2 On Windows 8.1

Hardcore PC gaming has been on a bit of a standstill these past few years. The rise in power and proliferation of gaming consoles and mobile devices has meant most of the attention is being focused on these two fronts.

But as the creator and force behind DirectX, Redmond has finally implemented a number of changes that enhance graphics performance on Windows 8.1 in general and PC games in particular.

DirectX 11.2 is the latest version of the package, and Microsoft explains that apps and games based on this new technology will not only look a tad enhanced but also perform better — while at the same time eating less memory.

In a blog post, Microsoft says that this not only applies to desktop PCs, but also for laptops and tablets:

“Graphics performance is an important aspect of overall system performance, and for Windows 8.1 DirectX 11.2 includes some great improvements. DirectX 11.2 runs leaner and faster than previous DirectX versions. With these performance optimizations both everyday tasks in Windows and apps like DirectX games will perform better and consume less memory.”

The company then goes into some technical details on some of the new features exclusive to DirectX 11.2 like tiled resources that results in better visual quality:

“HLSL shader linking to reduce game footprint and speed up level loading times, and low-latency presentation for more responsive gameplay experiences.”

These are some welcome new changes in a somewhat stagnant field, and should go a fair distance in ensuring an increase in performance and quality of newer games and software that make use of the latest version of DirectX.

Now, these new technologies may take a little while to really penetrate in all genres of video games, but it promises to be a delightful experience when it does.

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