Microsoft teases DirectX 12
New API coming to PC, Xbox One, and more platforms
Microsoft has taken to GDC 2014 to reveal the DirectX 12 API that will work across PC, Xbox One, tablets and smartphones.
The new API hopes to reduce CPU overhead significantly compared to DirectX 11 and was designed from scratch to take full advantage of advanced GPU hardware features on next-gen systems. Nvidia, which worked with Microsoft on developing the API, will support the latest upgrade on all DirectX 11-class GPUs it has shipped in the Fermi, Kepler and Maxwell architectural families.
DirectX 12 was shown off on stage at GDC with a tech demo of Forza 5 running on a PC powered by an Nvidia Geforce Titan Black.
No release date has been set for DirectX 12. It will not support Windows XP, while Windows 7 support is still being considered.