Today Microsoft announced that DirectX 12 is officially headed to all of its platforms for futuristic gaming finesse. Both NVIDIA and AMD are pushing their claim for the collaboration gold on this release, with details on the Xbox One side of things coming mostly from the AMD camp, while NVIDIA appears to be firmly planting itself in the PC gaming side of the map.
Today on what appears to be a newly launched Twitter account, a tweet was fired out under the handle @DirectX12 reading "Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated... #DirectX12 is coming to #GDC". The tweet linked to a sparse page promising details at GDC later this month.
Microsoft has detailed all of the changes made with DirectX 11.1, and even though there aren't too many worth writing about, there's one new feature that is: native support for stereoscopic 3D. Gone are the days of adding support for 3D based on a particular graphics card, at least as far as DirectX 11.1 is concerned. The problem is that you'll need to be using Windows 8 in order to take advantage of DirectX 11.1.
Earlier today AMD announced their new flagship Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, and while it wont hit the public shelves until mid January -- and for a hefty $549 price tag we are already seeing reviews galore from the PC crowd and figured we'd round them up. What we are hoping for is just what AMD is claiming: "the fastest single-GPU card in the world". Head on down past the break to see what everyone thought -- and if that claim holds true.
This week the AMD Radeon HD 7970 series graphics processor series has been released (for $549 on January 9th, if you'd like to know,) and its codename family "Southern Islands" has been detailed in full to show the world what the company has planned for GPU power throughout the next few years, starting right here at the next: 2012. In a set of affirmations by the group that's about to unleash their newest set of GPU units on the world of gaming, AMD said that PC gaming software sales on the whole were over $15 billion USD in 2011 and are estimated to blow past $20 billion inside 2012. Because of this, and because AMD loves its gaming following out there in gameland, they've also re-affirmed their dedication to their "Gamers Come First" credo, as well as their Gamers Manifesto which says, quite simply: Enablement, Not Disablement.
For those that don't know much about Crysis 2, it is a futuristic first person shooter based in New York City. It is the highly popular sequel to the original Crysis that was released for PC only. For anyone that played it back when it was released the graphics were simply stunning. It brought my powerful quad core and my GTX 260 graphics card and computer to its knees real fast. Most gamers in the PC community were just as excited for Crysis 2 as I was, then we heard it would be launching across all 3 major platforms. This is where the DX11 discussion comes into play.
Toshiba has officially unveiled the refreshed X500 gaming machine. Featuring plenty under the hood to get any PC gamer excited, the laptop features a rich black and red casing to attract the eye of any passer-by. But, as with everything that we enjoy, with high-end specifications, come the high-end price tag, and Toshiba has certainly followed that rule with the Qosmio X500.
AMD have announced their latest graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 5670, which attempts to bring DirectX 11 and ATI Eyefinity multi-display support to a relatively budget audience. Priced at under $100, the Radeon HD 5670 promises up to 620 gigaflops of compute performance (paired with GDDR5 memory), and over a 20-percent improvement compared to NVIDIA's GT 240 512MB.
It'll come as little to no surprise that, with the new ATI Radeon HD 5870 video cards fresh on the scene, gaming PC manufacturers are already updating their wares to include the DirectX 11 capable GPU. Maingear is one of the first into the SlashGear inbox, with their Ephex, F131, Prelude, and X-Cube systems all getting friendly with AMD's newest graphics card.
With a press conference imminent, ATI's new DirectX 11 video cards are beginning to make their appearance on retailer shelves. Two cards - the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 and the ASUS Radeon HD 5870, each marked "Cyprus HT" and with 1GB of memory - have shown up for sale at Newegg, while over at Hexus and The Tech Report they've each been reviewing the new Radeon HD 5870.