While Windows 8 slightly revamps the Windows Display Driver Model, a DirectX 12 is nowhere to be seen. Release Date speculations after the break.
Release Date speculations: Approx. Mid 2013
Windows 8: Supports DirectX11.1, D2D, DWrite, DImage
Windows 8 is using the same DirectX version as Windows 7. Step However, Windows 8 employs a different WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) that adds a lot of cool stuff.
- Enhanced video playback
- Enhanced stereoscopic 3D graphics (for 3D games, 3D applications and so on)
- Increased GPU fault tolerance
- Improved Driver Upgrades
- Less flicker on screen when rotating
Windows 8 also provides a more reliable API for developers to create stereoscopic 3D applications.
Yes, Microsoft also jumps on the 3D bandwagon that started with Avatar (actually it started before that, but that’s another story) and will give developers all the possibilities to impress the end user with new 3D programs.
NVIDIA Pushing It To The Limits
As you can see, there’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes. The problem: Sooner or later NVIDIA would want to bring it to the next level. They are currently competing with AMD as never before and if NVIDIA wants to stay on top they will already be working on next-generation cards of the finest quality.
As soon as we have the first 3D apps, developers want even better shader support, even more stability and sooner or later we’ll get our DirectX 12 . One of the first games that could support is Crysis 3 that is rumored to come with a very special 3D mode.