DirectX 11 is the next generation of graphics technology, arrives with Windows 7. This is great news for players as many of the newest Windows games will take full advantage of this technology to create more immersive and detailed worlds and experiences. Game developers will utilize new features to create rich worlds, realistic characters, and more fluid gameplay.
• Tessellation - Implemented on the GPU to calculate a smoother curved surface resulting in more graphically detailed images, including more lifelike characters in the gaming worlds that you explore.
• Multi-Threading - The ability to scale across multi-core CPUs will enable developers to take greater advantage of the power within multi-core CPUs. This results in faster framerates for games, while still supporting the increased visual detailing.
• DirectCompute - Developers can utilize the power of discrete graphics cards to accelerate both gaming and non-gaming applications. This improves graphics, while also enabling players to accelerate everyday tasks, like video editing, on their Windows 7 PC.
Apparently those who already own DirectX 11 hardware (ATI Radeon HD 5000 or better, Nvidia GeForce GTX 400 or better) don't need to upgrade to Windows 7 just to utilize DirectX 11. It is possible to install DirectX 11 on Windows Vista as well. All you have to do is to download and install Update for Windows Vista (KB971512)
. Be advised that Service Pack 2
and the latest version of DirectX Redistributable
are both required.