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Windows 10 – Final Version Will Ship With DirectX 12, No Word Yet About Windows 7/8 Support

Microsoft has just announced that the preview build for Windows 10 is now available, and that the final version of its new OS will come with DirectX 12. Microsoft has not confirmed yet whether this new API will be exclusive to its new OS, or whether it will also support Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.

As Microsoft’s Bryan Langley said:

“As a part of the Windows team, we’re super excited about the Windows 10 Technical Preview that was just released! The final version of Windows 10 will ship with DirectX 12, and we think it’s going to be awesome.”

In the comment section, Bryan also talked a bit about a public SDK for DirectX 10, as well as for Windows 10:

“Re Public SDK: We will have a public SDK, just like we’ve had with every version of Windows. However, we are getting Early Access members SDK bits earlier than we’ve ever given to the gaming community. Think of it like a game beta – eventually, we’ll be in open beta and everyone will receive access. Until then, we will be gradually increasing the number of people who are invited so long as we can properly scale to make it a great experience for them. You can greatly increase your odds of getting in by 1) Putting something compelling for ‘What you plan to do with DX12″ (that is reasonable given your proven experience in graphics) and 2) Being a UE4 Subscriber with verifiable content you’ve created yourself.

Re Installing Windows 10: We certainly want gamers to try it out and tell us how it works! However, you should keep in mind there isn’t yet any public DX12 content to try out. You should also realize this is a very early version of the OS and that it is quite possible that you’ll run into issues, so you shouldn’t put this on your main gaming machine if you’re uncomfortable with potential issues.”

Let’s hope that MS won’t pull another DX11.1 or DX10 on us in order to promote its new API.

Kudos to our reader ‘Sean’ for informing us!