Since its initial announcement, a lot of PC gamers wondered whether DX12 would be exclusive to Microsoft’s new operating system or not. Well, it seems that this new API will be indeed exclusive to Windows 10, as the official Twitter account of DX12 basically confirmed it.
As the official Twitter account of DX12 tweeted:
>50% of gamers today have DX12-capable hardware. We’re super excited to bring them all to Win10 and DX12 – 1 yr free upgrade for Win7, 8.1!
— DirectX 12 (@DirectX12) January 21, 2015
The fact that: a) Microsoft has never mentioned DX12 coming to Windows 7/8.1, that b) the DX12 Twitter account mentions only Win10 for DX12 and that c) DX12 is always mentioned alongside Win10 this far in every official report basically confirms our fears that this new API won’t appear on older operating systems. Not only that, but RPS was also told that DX12 will be exclusive to Windows 10.
But which graphics cards will support DX12? Although AMD has not commented yet, NVIDIA has listed the GPUs that are compatible with this new API. According to the green team, all Fermi, Kepler and Maxwell cards will be compatible with it.
When a fan asked whether his Titan card is compatible with DX12, NVIDIA replied and said: