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Some features in DirectX 12 will need newer video cards

Only newer generation video cards from AMD and NVIDIA can utilize all features of upcoming Microsoft's graphic API.

Published Mon, Mar 24 2014 11:35 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

During Game Developer's Conference, Microsoft was showing off DirectX 12. One of the notable features is the low-level access which will help to efficiently utilize the processing power of the end-user's CPU.

Some features in DirectX 12 will need newer video cards | TweakTown.com

What's now being revealed is that certain features of the upcoming graphics API will require the new generation of video cards. Previously it was mentioned in NVIDIA's press release that slightly older and current generation video cards will work with DX 12.

Currently, its unknown how game developers plan to implement DX 12. Tony Tamasi clarified that though DX 12 will use low-level abstraction, its not a mandatory feature as there will be backwards compatibility with DX11. He also pointed out that Microsoft only teased some of the implementations of DirectX 12, and that the coming time we will more information.

Currently, Microsoft revealed two features that requires newer hardware: new blend modes and conservative rasterization.

After being a long time PC enthusiast and a former contributor for many Indian based PC and Tech forums, Roshan now joins TweakTown covering tech news and also any developments from India. Like many enthusiasts, with years of being involved in many Indian tech forums and running his own tech site, he's commonly referred by his forum nickname 'The Sorcerer' by many old and new fellow PC enthusiasts, followed by few companies from time to time. He's also the winner of the TweakTown's Computex 2012 Taipei trip. If any free time is left, Roshan prefers to play FPS games.

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