Microsoft has confirmed in an official DirectX Developer Blog posting that the commercial release of Windows 10 will ship with DirectX 12. The company is encouraging developers and gamers to help with the launch of Windows 10 by getting involved in the Windows Insiders program and grabbing the Windows 10 technical preview, which is available to download and install now.
Users who install the Windows 10 technical preview will gain early access to some of the tools that make up DX12. “These game developers will receive everything they need to kickstart their DX12 development, including: updated runtime, API headers, drivers, documentation, and samples, all of which will work with the Windows 10 Technical Preview,” writes Microsoft.
Epic and Windows have already been working together on a version of Unreal Engine 4 which supports DirectX 12 right now, and this ploy is to encourage developers to begin working with it right away. The Unreal Engine 4 graphics engine is already becoming one of the most popular graphics engines in use today, powering Dead Island 2, Fortnite, Tekken 7 and more.
As well as this Microsoft has teamed up with Intel, writing “We have great working relationships with all graphics vendors and you can expect to see a continual showcase of their progress.” This relationship begins with the Intel-optimised drivers for DX12 and its Asteroids demo, which we saw provided huge performance and power saving gains through DirectX 12 optimisation.
In a nutshell what this means is that DirectX 12 will be an industry standard when it arrives alongside Windows 10, while its backwards-compatible support for all DirectX 11 cards suggests that it could have rapid uptake. With game developers already poking their noses into the benefits of DX12 they should be well accustomed to it in time for its arrival in late 2015.
Still no word on whether DirectX 12 will be exclusive to Windows 10 but by now we'd be more surprised if it wasn't. As always we'll bring you any updates on this matter as we heard them. For more information on what DirectX 12 is and does, then be sure to check out our feature. Is the allure of DirectX 12 enough to tempt you into an upgrade from Windows 7? Or are you going to stick with what you know and love?