DiRT 2 for PC Delayed, Direct X 11 to Blame

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Codemasters have announced, via press release, that the first posthumous Colin McRae game, DiRT 2 will be hitting PCs a little later than expected. “Why?”, I hear you ask with trepidation in your voice. Well, it seems the developers have become enamoured with Direct X 11 – the new API that’s set to launch along side Windows 7 – and will be incorporating the technology in to its off-road racer. I could make jokes about Colin McRae and dirt, but I’m classier than that.

What does the wait mean PC gamers? Primarily, it means you’re going to have a much prettier game than your console-toting brethren , who’ll be getting the game in September as originally scheduled. Water effects, crowd animations and shadows are expected to be vastly superior, thanks to Shader model 5.0 and hardware tessellation (whatever the heck THAT means)

“We believe that the DirectX 11 feature set is too compelling to ignore, especially considering how much more it can add to the visual experience for PC gamers,” said Bryan Marshall, Codemasters’ chief technical officer. “The fusion of DirectX 11 with Codemasters’ EGO Engine will raise the technical bar considerably in the racing genre.”

Neat. Any of you excited for DirectX 11?

Last Updated: July 7, 2009

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  • Darkling

    DirectX 11? My pc lags when i watch videos of new games!

  • easy

    dx10 was supposed to be the holy grail of visual fidelity… i didn’t see much of that, so i bought a console.
    my money is on dirt2 for the pc looking just as good as its console cousins, nothing more.

  • Yeah, Dx10 worked out sooooo well 😛

  • WitWolfyZA

    Man i so want DX10 for XP.. sigh…. guess ill just stick to 9.0c

  • Fox1

    How much is a DX11 graphics card going to cost plus the operating system? 🙄

  • Janrik

    meh….

  • Potty391

    at the moment Windows 7 release candidate is free to use until June next year… and you get DX11 with it, and supposedly the current graphics cards can support it.
    And its not as bad as Vista for gaming.

  • Q121

    When is the xbox version coming out?

  • Never understood the Dx10 for Vista only thing.
    Remember in Crysis there was a piece of code you entered
    into a game file somewhere that unlocked the “Very High”
    setting in XP that was supposedly only available for Dx10 in Vista. And it worked. So I still say it was just
    a marketing ploy to try and sell a crappy OS.

  • easy

    it say september in the article

  • Atomic

    pttf! – PC graphics is WAY better than console, you just need to have a decent graphics card to see it.

    Consoles are more convenient though.

    Games work great on Vista 32.. 64 is a problem. I have almost 1tb of games on my V32, and all of them (except for steam) run perfectly 🙂 – Plus, COD5 map packs are FREE, and not BANNED in SA.

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