The latest version of DirectX11 for Windows 7 is available for download. DirectX11 comes with Direct3D 11 and other new features, so it’s well worth downloading the latest DX if you don’t have it yet
DirectX 11.2 Unveiled: 2013 Update
In the meantime you can take a look at DirectX 11.2:
The DirectX11 Runtime and DirectX11 SDK are intended for developers who can now develop applications with full support for DirectX11 and Direct3D 11, but also enthusiasts can download the DirectX11 Runtime installer to get DirectX11 for their shiny new Windows 7 system.
DirectX11 is backwards-compatible with DirectX9 graphic cards, so even if you don’t own a DirectX11 graphic card yet you can already download and install DirectX11 on Windows 7.
DirectX11 graphic cards:
- HD 5870
- HD 5850
- HD 4870 X2
- HD 4890
- HD 4870
- HD 4850
- GTX 295
- GTX 285
- GTX 275
- GTX 260-216
You can get a technical preview of Direct2D, DirectWrite and DXGI 1.1 on Windows 7 and Windows Vista and will of course support the new Windows 8. DirectX11 does NOT support Windows XP.
Advantages of DirectX11
DirectX11 supports Hardware tessellation and the Shader Model 5.0. Hardware tessellation will make water look even better and crowd animations even smoother. The new Shader Model on the other hand will make games a lot more realistic and create more realistic shadows and depth of field. Depth of field that we know from movies or digital photography will look a lot better in new DirectX11 games.
Games That Support DirectX11:
But what games will supports the new DirectX11?
Here’s a list of games that support it
Hardware tessellation will further improve the appearance of water and other surfaces as well as crowd animations
Wondering how games that use DirectX11 perform? We have scoured the web to find out. Read the full article here
You can get the web installer here