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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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By iFX on 1/21/2010 12:56:39 PM , Rating: 2
And just to clarify, I have had zero issues under Vista or Windows 7 with the games I play on my hardware.

By iFX on 1/21/2010 1:06:03 PM , Rating: 3
Hard to say. If I had to guess I would say your machine was filled with bloatware.

All my Vista/Win7 boxes have performed basically identically (because the OSes at the core are pretty much the same thing).

My notebook running Vista Business 32 comes out of standby in under around 5 seconds and cold boots in about 45 seconds. This is a Pentium M 1.6GHz with 2GB of ram and a 5,400 RPM HD - not high end whatsoever.

By sapiens74 on 1/21/2010 1:35:30 PM , Rating: 2
I don't run bloatware or even AV, fresh install all newest drivers, bios, and disabled services.

All my Windows 7 machines boot about 5 times slower then my MACS.

By iFX on 1/21/2010 1:45:13 PM , Rating: 5
Not trying to rag on you but if you have a slow boot on new or newish hardware with Windows 7 or Vista something is up. These OSes boot fast.

By Low Key on 1/21/2010 2:28:06 PM , Rating: 3
I would definitely check your computer because something isn't quite right. I have a laptop with a dual core and 4 gigs of ram running win 7 64 ultimate. My computer will boot up in under a minute, though I have never actually timed it. I would say it is likely something is wrong with either driver compatibility or a bad install.

By rtk on 1/21/2010 2:50:21 PM , Rating: 2
Which services did you disable?

If it was superfetch and readyboost, you killed readyboot as well.

By weskurtz0081 on 1/21/2010 4:27:37 PM , Rating: 4
Wow.... 5 times slower? Really? So, since Snow Leopard takes about 40 seconds to boot up, you are saying your Windows 7 machine takes 3:20? Wow! What are you trying to run it on, a 486 machine from the 90's? Reader1.... is that you?

By gavjof on 1/22/2010 11:25:27 AM , Rating: 2
Did you install W7 yourself? Fresh install? or did you buy a HP/PB/Acer/Etc/Etc that comes loaded with bloat?

I was amazed at how much junk was pre-loaded on my dad's Sony Viao. Top-spec machine slowed by silly little widgets and docks.

By poohbear on 1/22/2010 9:31:55 PM , Rating: 2
i think he's just trolling. some mac fanboy for sure. 5x slower than a mac?? and a mac also gives u blowjobs while u game, right?

By jonmcc33 on 1/21/2010 3:03:30 PM , Rating: 2
Gotta love it when Mac fanatics talk about boot times as if it's a perk or something.

My Windows 7 PC runs 24/7 and is only rebooted for patches/updates. Boot time does not apply.

By Noya on 1/21/2010 4:59:45 PM , Rating: 2
My Windows 7 PC runs 24/7

Same here (Vista 64). I haven't rebooted in over a month and aside from the "usual" PC uses I also game and use Photoshop and Premiere quite a bit.

By Reclaimer77 on 1/21/2010 5:42:45 PM , Rating: 4
My Windows 7 machine boots up in seconds. I have an SSD drive. Oh what's that ?? Your six thousand dollar Mac didn't come with one ? Awwww, too bad.

By iFX on 1/23/2010 4:36:08 PM , Rating: 2
Well, when you don't actually use your computer for anything you turn it on and off a lot! Har!

By Smilin on 1/21/2010 3:14:11 PM , Rating: 5
My lowly MAC boots faster with only 512mb memory

And after it boots you get to play the #1 game on Mac:

Catch the Monkey!...coming to a webpage banner advertisement near you!

By RU482 on 1/21/2010 11:45:37 PM , Rating: 2
define "crazy slow load times". I assume you are talking boot times, as you are comparing it to MAC boot times.

/seriously, how many seconds?
//has an Atom based system that boots to Win7 in 34 seconds

By Murloc on 1/22/2010 10:48:31 AM , Rating: 2
get an ssd and/or remove all useless programs that load on start (msconfig.exe)

By Nubsicles on 1/21/2010 4:09:06 PM , Rating: 2
That's funny...cuz I had to registry hack Win7 just to get Steam to work with DX11.

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