DirectX 11 for Windows Vista/DirectX 11 for Windows XP is an update to Microsoft's graphics acceleration for Windows and providers updates to Pixel Shaders, Direct3D, DirectSound, DirectX Media and DirectSetup. The 11 update also providers for a smoothing gaming experience for a number of titles and is required by many modern 3D games. DirectX 11 also introduces support for tessellation, improving multithreading support and can take advantage of multi-core processors and better computing of shaders.
Some games supporting DirectX 11:
- Aliens vs. Predator
- Battlefield 3
- Civilization V
- Dragon Age II
- Lost Planet 2
- Medal of Honor
- Red Faction: Armageddon
- World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
This version of DirectX is not officially support on older operation systems before Windows Vista, so Windows XP users aren't so lucky.
If you're using Windows XP, check out DirectX 9.0C. This version is for Windows Vista only.
Users running Windows 7 already have a version higher than DirectX 11.
From Microsoft:Direct3D 11 is out and ready for use by your game today to exploit the latest in video hardware features as well as current generation machines. This talk brings you up to speed with the API, offers tips on how to get your renderer up and running, presents key feature overviews, and shows how to deploy your application. Attending this talk is highly recommended if you are attending other DirectX 11 presentations.DirectX 11
is licensed as Freeware
for the Windows operating system / platform without restrictions. DirectX is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
DirectX Virus and Malware Tests:
For security reasons, you should also check out the DirectX virus and malware test
that has been uploaded; additional DirectX screenshots may be available, too.
- Directx 11 Download
- Directx 11 for Vista Download