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DirectX 9 vs DirectX10


DirectX 10 is exclusive to Windows Vista and is not to be supported by any other platform. This will ensure that the next-gen games will be available on Windows Vista before any other platform. So how much better DirectX 10 is in comparison to DirectX 9 ? Well, check these screenshots and decide for yourself :

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X rendered in DirectX 9

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X rendered in DirectX 10

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Age of Conan DirectX 9


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Age of Conan DirectX 10


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DirectX 9 (Halo: Combat Evolved)

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DirectX 10 (Crysis)

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  3. Anon says:

    OpenGL has greater capabilities than DirectX.

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  9. hulio says:

    How is that H:CE screenshot DX9 standard, more like DX 6 or 7

  10. Karma Slave says:

    How can shrubs of grass be a DirectX 10 thing, when I had it in Duke Nukem 3D?

    And how can the art style in a skybox be a DirectX 10 thing? The first picture shows a flat surface, the second shows pretty clouds, which is probably not one flat surface, but several sprites or a sphere, a box, or perhaps volumetric stuff (doubt it, though, since that's overkill in most cases)… which was possible back when DirectX didn't even exist.

    How is a couple of bright polygons with alpha (rays of sun) a DirectX 10 thing, when I've seen it on PlayStation (1) games?

    It's like comparing a barn and an expensive hotel, and claiming that the difference is that the expensive hotel is how you see it using glasses.

    No. What you do in one picture, you can do in another. What you do in DirectX 9, you can do in DirectX 10 when it comes to what you see – it's just a matter of how fast and easy you can do it. Still images don't make any sense.

  11. thinkdj says:

    yeah anon.. the shift from XP to vista is inevitable will take place soon, quite like the 98 annihilation.

    Great to know that Vista SP1 will be out soon.

  12. Anon says:

    Well if you think about it, XP used to suck pretty hard itself back in the day. I think in a year or two all of this will have blown over, and people will just move on to Vista——once they get the kinks worked out of it. I run Vista on my computer, but really that's just for Dx10 since my brother is huge into PC gaming and shelled out $1500 to build a new computer this summer.

    There are some games that can be forced to render most Dx10 settings on Dx9; Crysis, for example. So really there no absolute need to switch to Vista yet, but eventually I think it'll just kind of edge it's way in as it improves with additional service pack releases. (I think SP1 is slated to come out sometime Q1 on 2008.)

    Oh, and the Age of Conan pics are okay, but the first example of a "Dx10 Rendering", the lake/mountain scene, is actually an artist's rendition of what a Dx10 rendering could look like. Kinda sketchy, if you ask me. :-/

  13. thinkdj says:

    Thanks for the insight, tim. But why did MS release DX10 exclusively for vista, when it could be released for XP too (We have the patched dx10 that works for XP). It would have been better for atleast a few.

  14. tim says:

    Your dumb to think that. If you couldnt tell, this is NEXT-GEN gaming which requires incredibly high end components which are not expensive. Besides, to game on a rig that can really only run XP anyway is not really gaming anyway. Either get Vista or get a console. Its not that hard.

  15. thinkdj says:

    Absolutely right, bob..

    MS's new strategy of releasing the new "games for windows" exclusively for Vista will get more PC gamers to migrate to other consoles..

  16. bob says:

    I dont think that it is a question of wether 10 is or is not better than 9. I think that the true question is weather it is worth upgrading to vista for. Direct x 10 is nicer and all but vista will bog down your computer such that you will never get the performance that you got from xp. In a way it almost limits gaming for the hight end gamers who are willing to spend the extra money for exasivly powerfull hardwere that not only play the games well, but also make up for the over complexity of vista. It agrivats me that direct x 10 is only for vista, it leaves gamers with the option of eather spending lots of $$$$$$ on a computer, or sticking with lesser quality graphics.

  17. thinkdj says:

    I guess, leaving out the H:CE and Crysis comparison in the end, the previous two comparisons can be justifiable..

  18. thinkdj says:

    Hey Anon!

    VERY nice insight.. I agree with you..

    Well, the images were taken from a blog, which i guess now was Pro DX10 😀 .. I guess they wanted to show how much better dx 10 is.. maybe ..

  19. Anon says:

    Are you serious? How can you use Halo: Combat Evolved as your standard for the epitome of DirectX9 graphics? H:CE was pathetic when it was released, how is it fair to hold it in comparison to Crysis——a cutting-edge game by anyone's standards? You should at least compare DirectX9 Crysis to its DirectX10 counterpart for an absolutely fair assessment. Your pictures are hellishly misleading.

  20. Umang says:

    Mindboggling graphics !! wow
    esp that of Crysis


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