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Old 09-24-08, 10:21 AM   #9
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Default Re: Why did NVIDIA skip the revision of Direct X 10.01 on their 9800 GTX/GX2/GTX 260/

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Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
Or perhaps developers simply aren't very interested in DX10.1, as evidenced by the lack of a single DX10.1 game.
This isn't true. There are several games in the works:

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Developers including Electronic Arts Phenomic Studio and its forthcoming fantasy online real-time strategy game Battleforge™, SEGA and its futuristic military real-time strategy game Stormrise, and NHN Games and its 3D role-playing game Cloud 9, all exploit DirectX 10.1 for advanced gaming performance and visual realism.

Only AMD graphics offer top-to-bottom DirectX 10.1 support: the ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 series and the new ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 series.

“We welcome AMD’s broad support for DirectX 10.1 compliant hardware and we’re pleased to see our newest technology brought to market so soon. One of the great advantages of PC gaming is the rapid pace at which the experiences evolve and improve. The ATI Radeon HD 3000 series and now the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series hardware delivers on the promise of DirectX 10 gaming with significantly improved visuals and enhanced performance,” said Kevin Unangst, Global Director, Microsoft Games for Windows.

“With Battleforge, EA is pushing the boundaries of the real-time strategy genre introducing social and community technologies to deliver a whole new online experience. It only makes sense that we leverage the latest technology such as DirectX 10.1 supported by the new ATI Radeon HD 4800 series of graphics cards from AMD to deliver an amazing experience for gamers,” said Dirk Ringe, vice president, EA Phenomic. “We’re working hard to deliver a new fantasy RTS experience never seen before. Using DirectX 10.1 and AMD’s graphics technology will enable Battleforge to look its absolute best.”

“SEGA welcomes the chance to deliver one of next year’s most technologically advanced titles, Stormrise. AMD’s enthusiastic commitment to new standards such as DirectX 10.1 in the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series is helping us develop a game which looks better and runs faster than was possible on previous platforms,” said Chris Southall, CTO Europe, SEGA. “SEGA is delighted to team up with AMD on one of our forthcoming games. AMD’s firm commitment to cutting-edge technology makes them a natural partner for us on Stormrise.”
http://forevergeek.com/games/amd_wor...x101_magic.php

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MS themselves said DX10.1 was not very important:
http://www.edge-online.com/news/micr...ff-dx101-fears
And they also said this:

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Originally Posted by Global Director, Games for Windows - Microsoft
The ATI Radeon HD 3000 series and now the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series hardware delivers on the promise of DirectX 10 gaming with significantly improved visuals and enhanced performance,” said Kevin Unangst, Global Director, Microsoft Games for Windows.
http://forevergeek.com/games/amd_wor...x101_magic.php

It may not turn out to be a groundbreaking improvement, but developers state that it's significant, and so does Microsoft.

It's not a terrible thing that Nvidia didn't support it yet (shortens the shelf-life of the card, but Nvidia always seems more focused on current tech.) But I hope that if the rumors of the GT350 are true, and they STILL don't support it with their next card, that heads will roll somewhere. That's inexcusable as it's a significant performance enhancement that would benefit all end-users with compatible hardware.
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