DirectX 11 to be backwards compatible with Vista
TGDaily had a chat with Kevin Unangst, Senior Global Director of Windows Gaming at Microsoft, who clarified a few points for the future:
? Games for Windows Live will be free for Windows users and developers
? Marketplace will come to Windows Live this Autumn
? Marketplace will offer the ability to distribute not only trailers, featured content but games too (just like Steam) however freely available games can be put on Marketplace free of charge
? DirectX 11 will be backward compatible with DirectX 10 and 10.1, like 9 was with 8, 7, 6 etc. This means that those who own Vista and don’t want to upgrade to Windows 7 will still be able to get the benefits of the latest DirectX.
? DirectX 11 will better support multi-core and multi-threading machines so existing hardware will be better off.
? Tessellation will also be introduced and will work on DirectX 10, 10.1 and 11 hardware – this means those with ATI HD 2000, 3000 and 4000 series cards will see benefits from DirectX 11 because they currently support this feature.