Today I was reading Wikipedia on information about graphic cards, then I came across a article that mentioning DX 11(Direct X 11)……
Some games will support DX 11 in end of this year or next year such as Drit2(PC), Stalker: Call of Pripycat, Crysis 2. I mean it's cool, I looked at features on DX 11 and compared it with DX 10, there are quite a lot of graphic support changes, and it sounds really great.
Only the problem is DX 10 was not even popular, not even half as DX 9. I mean there are games support DX 10, but not many, there are like just…. 40+ games that support DX 10,most of the games are still using DX9 with shader 3.0, and I don't know for how long it's going to take for majority games to support DX 10 or even 11? 2 years? 5 years? Feel free to predict and tell me.
Ok, so, DX 11 will be coming out, along with Windows 7…..I can't say that's a bad thing, I mean It's great, graphic technology is still going on, and we will have some awesome graphic boost again. But unless some "eighth generation console" starts to surface and optimize base on DX 10 or 11, I seriously don't think DX 10 or DX 11 will even be noticed by the majority of the gamers.
The reasons behind this are simple. If you want to have high graphic experience, first of all, you are going to look for DX, there are games running on Open GL but only a few, (Penumbra is a great looking game with open GL, and with amazingly graphic performance.)So, if you want to have better graphics, you got to look for DX 10 or 11. But not, with crappy graphic card like 7000 or 8000 series you will never going to have maximum graphics on you PC! So you are going to pay more. The graphic hardware companies producing some great stuff but selling them at incredibly high price so every reasonable person will still stick to console and forget about high-end graphic cards. But current consoles only support DX 9.0, so what game developers gonna do? Stick to DX9! This is what I mean DX 10 and 11 with not get popular soon; at least not until future consoles or the price of the graphic card went down.I think seventh generation console will still last till late 2012,there is no way that for gamer to change console for every 3 years or so as the price of the console are getting more expensive.
So…I really think these DX 10, 11, are a bunch of **** that will not get to anywhere. DX 10 was vista only, but till now, there are more people using XP more than Vista (at least in my country).DX 11 rumored will go along with Windows 7, yeah…we will see how it fairs when Windows 7 hit the market. I was hyped up on DX 10 when Bioshock came out, and after that I just heard nothing from DX 10.Yeah, Crysis supports it and Assassin's creed supports it, but what about majority of games? They are not. While you can see the between DX 9 and 10, but they are not so obvious compared to DX 8 and 9. A good example is the game Stalker, which is not an old game, and it supports DX 8. You actually can see a lot of difference on lighting and shadows when you switch between DX8 and 9, but if you see game like Bioshock (Crysis been an exemption as it only supports maximum graphics on DX10), there are no significant difference at all.
About consoles, I don't know, I'm certainly not an expert here, I don't know when eighth generation console will come out, but I know one thing is they will be late due to a lot of technology constrain. Think about it, now PS3 and Xbox360 already emits so much heat, and if you familiar with graphic cards, they are so big and so hot even with the big-ass fans on, if you Sony Microsoft puts some current graphic card technology into the future consoles, and using current heat exhaust method, it WON'T last long. I'm not saying it is not possible, but it will be hard. Price will also be a problem as PS 3 was already selling for 600+ when it came out, the future consoles will only gets more expensive, not cheaper. Consumers will not going to buy it if a console cost them like 700~800 dollars and it gets overheat often. And that's why I usually say, console will last at least till 2012.
Well...That's some thoughts about current …well….random……thoughts……
Thank you for reading this….Please note that I'm no way near expert to graphics and game developments, so I might make mistakes here and there, if I do, I apologize. LOL.