In the past, updates to Microsoft’s DirectX 12 API, which provides various features and effects for compatible games and hardware, was tied to Windows 10 updates, but that looks set to change with the DirectX 12 Agility SDK (Software Development Kit).
The idea behind this, according to Microsoft’s blog post, is that “developers can now add the newest DirectX 12 features to their games, and gamers can play games with these features without having to upgrade their OS”. This should mean that new DirectX 12 features in games get into the hands of gamers much quicker.
The uncoupling of DirectX 12 updates with Windows Updates should – it is hoped – encourage developers to add these features to their games. As PC Gamer points out, some developers have been reluctant to use new DirectX 12 features, as it could mean many players don't get the benefit, as they are ...
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