Posted - 2007.11.11 13:53:00 - [1
I have been interested in getting a new system for the upcoming Trinity release, but I am confused by some external forums that are saying that although DirectX 9 is in use now, that when DirectX 10 is released, some graphics cards that currently can handle Shader 3 and are useable for the Trinity release (such as Nvidia 6xxx and 7xxx models per CCP) will not perform well at all with DirectX 10.
Can anyone shed some light on this? For someone who has been thinking about buying a laptop, I'd almost have to wait another year just to wait for the prices of laptops to come down again for hardware that will be affordable enough to run with DirectX 10.
Posted - 2007.11.11 16:37:00 - [2
Edited by: Tolas on 11/11/2007 16:44:17
Edited by: Tolas on 11/11/2007 16:41:26
To the best of my understanding it works like this:
Current is DX8
Trinity will be DX9
Next year will be DX10 or DX10.1
There will end up being 3 types of clients:
DX9 (non trinity graphics)
DX9 with Shader Model 3
DX10 or 10.1
You should be able to play the current version of the client throughout all these changes, and I know one of the Devs said CCP will continue to support DX9 even after upgrading to DX10, as they are not about to force their user base into buying Vitsa to use DX10.
Basically if you are going to get a new video card and worried that a DX9 card that supports shader model 3 will not work for the game when they launch DX10, don't. You will be fine.