DirectX 10 .. Microsoft has a real problem

August 28 2007

Microsoft has a real problem with DirectX 10. The problem is that the core audience for DirectX 10, gamers, are not upgrading to Microsoft Windows Vista. Since DirectX 10 only works on Vista, games with all the DirectX 10 goodies are not being played, or bought. Gabe Newell, President of Valve (makers of Half-Life, Half-Life 2, and the upcoming Orange Box) discussed this with Heise:

According to an online survey by Valve Software, only one in fifty players who access download service Steam has a DirectX 10-compatible graphics card and Windows Vista installed. In an interview with heise online, Gabe Newell, president of Valve Software, said that Microsoft made a terrible mistake releasing DirectX 10 for Vista only and excluding Windows XP. He said this decision affected the whole industry as so far only a very small percentage of players can use DirectX 10.


I think it is time for Microsoft to backport DirectX 10 to Windows XP. I feel bad for all my friends in the gaming development world. They want to use DirectX 10 to do some neat stuff, but it is not worth the loss in sales to put too much time and effort there. Fancy Shader Model 4.0 stuff is great eye-candy, but not at the expense of games selling and developers earning a living.

3 Responses to “DirectX 10 .. Microsoft has a real problem”

  1. 1) adviser says:

    Many of the newest Windows games will take full advantage of the next-generation graphics technology in Windows Vista called DirectX® 10.

  2. 2) Mika Heinonen says:

    I would immediately upgrade to Vista if it would run programs faster than XP. But at the moment Vista runs all programs much slower than on XP. DirectX 10 would bring some new possibilities, but there's also OpenGL 3.0 which works on XP also. All the big game titles like Doom3, Quake4, etc.. were using OpenGL only, there was no need for DirectX at all. Maybe in future some good games will also use DirectX also, but I kinda doubt it, since DirectX doesn't work on Linux and Mac, so it would be pretty stupid to make games for Windows audience only.

  3. 3) Mika Heinonen says:

    I haven't give up hope on Vista yet, maybe SP1 will fix this core drystone issue, or maybe SP2. However customer go by what is real, and not what is promised. XP is for real faster now, so Vista should basically have no sales unless customers are cheated.

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