In an attempt to further spur on the adoption of Windows 8 everywhere, Microsoft has declared that DirectX 11.1 will be available exclusively on Windows 8.
DX11.1 – Gamers May Want This Badly, Incentive To Upgrade
If you were looking for an excuse to buy a copy of Windows 8 for yourself, then here’s one: DirectX11.1
DirectX 11.1 Only Available On Windows 8
Attention gamers and all sundry that depend on DirectX for graphics support — DirectX 11.1 will only be available for Windows 8, for now. This new version has quite a few changes detailed by Microsoft but is not a major upgrade to DirectX 11. The most important new feature is the added support for stereoscopic 3D. The era of support 3D based on individual graphics cards is now past us. The only catch that remains is the need for Windows 8 to have this.
Microsoft has said it has no plans to release DirectX 11.1 for Windows 7. It has said DirectX 11.1 is a part of Windows 8 just as DirectX 11 was a part of Windows 7. However, DirectX 11 was later made available for Vista. But in this case there’s no such plans on the company’s part.
However, gamers will not need to worry about being DirectX 11.1 compatible for quite some time to come. Windows 7’s wide user base has ensured that developers are concentrating on building DirectX 11 compatible games. Widespread adoption of DirectX 11.1 is still far away, perhaps years away in the future. However, Windows 8 itself is worth upgrading for.
Microsoft may actually make DirectX 11.1 available for Windows 7 at a later date if it feels like it. Which is possibly why the company said it did not have any such plans “at this point”. The updates themselves are not strong enough to warrant any demand for it in the developer circles just yet but Windows 8 could do with some exclusive PC games for it for increasing the number of upgrades and adoptions in the market. For now, it seems like we will just have to wait and see how this pans out.