Microsoft set to unveil Direct X 12 later this month

Microsoft have announced that the latest iteration in the Direct X APIs would be revealed at this year’s Games Developers Conference (also known as GDC) which is scheduled to be held on the 20th of March.

A teaser page was set up and the news was also confirmed by a dedicated twitter account

Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated… #DirectX12 is coming to #GDC

Besides the venue and date, not much information is provided by the Redmond Software Giants but the teaser site certainly shows some rather interesting things. The first surprise is that the page also mentions AMD which has not always been a fan of Direct X and their attitude was expected to be even more hostile after launching their own software library Mantle. Similarly Qualcomm is also mentioned on the page which shows that Microsoft’s Direct X might also support mobile devices.

The notes on the GDC session stated

“For nearly 20 years, DirectX has been the platform used by game developers to create the fastest, most visually impressive games on the planet.

However, you asked us to do more. You asked us to bring you even closer to the metal and to do so on an unparalleled assortment of hardware. You also asked us for better tools so that you can squeeze every last drop of performance out of your PC, tablet, phone and console.

Come learn our plans to deliver.”

Microsoft usually unveils a new Direct X version a couple of years before the launch of its next major version of Windows. The last major version of this graphical API (DX11) was released in 2009 to coincide with the launch of Windows 7. With Windows 9 rumored to launched in 2015, Microsoft if well on course to release DX12 with their latest operating system.

We’ll provide you with more details as they are made available to stay tuned!

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