DirectX 10 for Windows XP too
According the the Inq, DirectX 10 will be available for Windows XP in one form or another, but it will be named DirectX 9.0 L. The question is, will it contain an identical feature set or just a compatible feature set, or to put it another way, will DX10 games on XP with DX9L look the same as on Vista with DX10?
DirectX 9.0 L is simply a renamed and refurbished DirectX 10 for Windows XP. It will make DirectX 10 games to work on Windows XP. And games such as the upcoming Crysis won’t work on the existing DirectX 9.0 c. they need a DirectX 9.0 L
One of the biggest issues is the fact that Nvidia or ATI won’t have any mainstream or entry-level cards until at least mid- to end of Q1 2007. This suggests that if Vista tips up around the beginning of the year, gamers will be turned off by it.