Microsoft to unveil DirectX 11 at XNA Gamefest

Posted by Theo Valich

Seattle (WA) - Microsoft will take the wraps off DirectX 11 at its annual XNA Gamefest, which is scheduled to take place on July 22 and 23 in Seattle, TG Daily has learned.

This year’s Gamefest will be built around DirectX 11, to relight the fire of the multimedia and gaming API. The software is scheduled to be made available for Windows Vista and Windows 7, but Microsoft wants to avoid the same mistakes it made with DirectX 10.

According to our sources in the game development world, DirectX 10 failed to capture hearts and minds of developers, since Windows Vista and the development environment were just too unstable to use them as a development foundation, we were told. Vista came with a "passing the cost to the consumer" approach in term of hardware performance as the operating system was burdened with DRM in too many stages.
 
Stay tuned for more details to come.

Following the XNA Gamefest, Microsoft, Nvidia and AMD (ATI) are expected to start talking about DirectX 11 at conferences such as Siggraph 2008 (August 11-15) and Nvision 08 (August 25-27).

DirectX 11 is set to debut in late 2009, several months ahead of the release of Windows 7.