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--Wolf--
28-08-2007, 06:57 PM
Gabe says Vista DX10 is a bad idea

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By Wily Ferret: Monday 27 August 2007, 09:52

GABE NEWELL, the popular director of Valve Software, has berated Microsoft for limiting the uptake of DirectX 10 to Windows Vista owners.

Speaking to Heise, he said that the Vole had made "a terrible mistake" in excluding Windows XP owners from next generation content.

The latest Steam survey, which prompted Newell's comments, show that only two per cent of Steam gamers have a DX10 graphics card and Vista.

Newell also highlighted the cross-platform problem - the fact that neither the Xbox 360 nor the Playstation 3 use DirectX 10 features. This would limit DX10 support given the financial requirement for console versions of games, he explained.

At this point, it's fair to say that nobody except for Microsoft thinks that bundling DX10 solely with Vista has been a good thing for the PC gaming industry - the general consensus amongst both developers and hardware manufacturers seem to be that it fractures an already-diverse PC gaming market even more, making consoles look even more attractive. One only has to look at Bioshock - the PC version has staggering requirements, barely any image quality upgrade under DX10/Vista, as well as installation issues - whereas the Xbox 360 version plugs in and works. Food for thought.

http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/94869

Interesting

Chilling_Silence
29-08-2007, 12:24 AM
It was a bad idea...

Apparently work is underway in the WINE community though... not to mention there's reported hacks to get it going on XP... Dunno if they're true thou.

Personally Im sticking to my Wii ;)

pctek
29-08-2007, 09:07 AM
But the problem is, supposedly, its not just another DX "upgrade". Its a whole new version of it, therefore it can't un on XP and earlier. Not cause they decided to be exclusive.

Pete O'Neil
29-08-2007, 09:41 AM
One only has to look at Bioshock - the PC version has staggering requirements, barely any image quality upgrade under DX10/Vista, as well as installation issues.
Not to mention all the dramas with DRM, Bioshock looks and reviews like a very good game, but it so much of a drama to install and play.