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Game developers should target DirectX 11

Steam is a digital gaming delivery platform developed by Valve, makers of the Half-Life series of games. The system was developed not only to reduce losses caused by piracy, but also to reduce costs of shipping physical media and to reduce reliance on retailers. Gamers download the Steam platform from their website and are able to purchase not only the latest games for download, but also a growing list of classic games as well.

The Steam platform collects data about the type of computer hardware customers are using, which is then used to make programming decisions. For example, over 80% of Steam gamers are using multi-core systems, with almost 24% using quad-cores. This means that there is a large user base who would be able to take advantage of multi-threaded gaming. Since most games take 2-3 years to develop, spotting a trend early on can set developers on the right path early on, rather than having to patch it later.

One of the biggest questions surrounding the Windows 7 launch would be whether gamers would adopt the new operating system, or stick with the tried and true Windows XP. The latest Steam hardware survey for December shows that almost a quarter of Steam's user base has already adopted Microsoft's latest OS, and has been abandoning the 32-bit Windows XP for 64-bit versions of Windows 7.

The success of DirectX 11 has been tied into the Windows 7 OS, but DX11 can also be installed on computers running Windows Vista. Over 50% of Steam users are capable of supporting DX11 on the software side through Windows 7 or Vista, but unfortunately Steam isn't keeping track of DX11 video cards yet. Over two million DX11 GPUs have been sold by ATI so far, and game developers have been taking note. There are currently over three dozen DX11 titles that are in development or have been announced.

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Only less than 0.1% has a DX11 capable VGA card
By jmke on 1/21/2010 12:41:03 PM , Rating: 3
Might not want to overlook the small fact that only 0.1% actually has a DX11 capable video card according to those steam stats;)

By MrDiSante on 1/21/2010 12:50:55 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, less than 1% but more than 0.1% (ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series (+0.55%) 0.55%). Still, the point still stands, with ATI still not having any competition and nVidia's 3-series cards promising to be more of a monster (price and energy-wise) than the 2-series cards, I'd say DX11 has a while to go before it's widely used.

RE: Only less than 0.1% has a DX11 capable VGA card
By Jansen on 1/21/2010 1:28:31 PM , Rating: 2
There is much more volume of the 5700 series, which doesn't show up.

The real volume is in the 5670, 5500, and 5400 DX11 parts, which will be around two-thirds of sales.

Transitions take time...

By bh192012 on 1/21/2010 6:54:37 PM , Rating: 2
Then factor in that none of those (low end) cards will be able to use any of the DirectX 11 functionality and still run games decently.

By poohbear on 1/22/2010 9:29:21 PM , Rating: 2
depends on resolution and graphics details. dx11 can run same graphics detail but faster on slower hardware.

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