February 25, 2011 7 Comments
So for the first time in months, I find myself with some downtime. I’m currently in Arlington, TX visiting my dad. the last few days have been spent reading my silly fantasy novels and watching GDC lectures from previous years (thanks Dave!). I watched a presentation on NVIDIA’s NSight tool which allows for in-depth GPU debugging and it kinda made me think about the state of current game graphics technology. I’m not used to ranting on my blog but I’m a little bored and figured that I would just write up my random thoughts today
Almost every game being released today on the PC platform still has a DX9 render path and games that do offer DX10/11 renderpath are simply DX9 ports with an added effect or two tacked on. I may be mistaken but as far as I know there isnt a single game on the market that has a renderer designed from the ground up tailored for DX10/11. DICE’s battlefield 3 is the first game I know of that WILL NOT be featuring a DX9 render path (UPDATE: Just Cause 2 seems to be the first PC game to drop DX9) and for that I am beyond thankful. BF3 is dropping support for WindowsXP and DX9, excuse my language but about fucking time! DICE is the only company that has had the balls to let XP just die.