quote: DX10 is tied to Windows Vista and that discourages a lot of people who've heard horror stories about the OS.
quote: It does not matter if millions of people are using Vista. It still does not change the fact that it's not a good OS to use for every task . If you want everything to work out of the box , XP is there . If you want to fuss around getting things to work or spending more money to update stuff that works perfectly fine then buy Vista. For office-use Vista is probably fine (any software less than a year old) . For large companies and gamers , Vista requires them to probably upgrade every PC and on the new PCs that they get with Vista the software they use probably will not work . Games perform not as smoothly as they do on XP . Games just work on XP ; not all games just work on Vista. I have Vista on here in a dual boot configuration and I say it's got 1-2 years before I use it as my main OS and I do not recommend it to new users yet ( maybe after SP1 but probably not ).
quote: Nope i dont think there has to be problems to upgrade to something new. But as a pretty hardcore PC/game enthusiast I expect things to get better when I upgrade.Therefore i will upgrade in the near future - I just bought a Lappy that comes with Vista installed i will upgrade that to Win XP as soon as I have everything in place for it.The issue here is Instability and function. Vista just does not provide that and the price I pay is in speed. So for me its easy:Speed+ Stability+ (Aero-) functionallity+ => Win XPSpeed- Stability- (Aero+) functionallity- => VistaIll go XP again...
quote: DirectX 10 was the excuse they came up with for gamers.
quote: it would be fairly easy for them to release DX10 for XP.. it has the same effect on kernel changes that XP SP2 did. So why do they not want to release it on XP?
quote: DX10 was, in theory, supposed to provided even greater framerates and graphics options due to parallel programming/processing...No game has managed to utilize the standard with any tangible performance, and as such DX10 is a bust
quote: according to those who used little tricks to enable Ultra high in DX9
quote: The hacked very high quality settings under Windows XP were almost 20 percent faster than the Vista frame rates, but comparing frame rates between the two is pointless because it isn't an apples-to-apples comparison. The image differences between the two versions indicate that they don't have an identical workload.