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DirectX 12 will allow developers to squeeze more out of the Xbox One

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Microsoft’s DirectX 12 API is coming to supercharge your Pc at the end of next month, alongside its new, more refined operating system. The API is also making its way to Microsoft’s own console but there’s a great big debate over how much of a difference it’ll make to a system that already gives developers low level access to its hardware. According to Epic Games, it’ll be big – especially when combined with their Unreal Engine, of course.

Speaking to GamingBolt, Epic Games’ Ray Davis told the site how the low level API will make games look better on PC.

“The most intriguing aspect of DirectX 12 to me is the notion that it’s a concerted effort to remove as much cruft from between the developer and the hardware itself, which means out of the box we’re able to immediately do more for free, essentially,” Ray said to GamingBolt. “Microsoft has done a great job with the updates, and it’s also worth mentioning that they’ve been a great partner in soliciting feedback from the developers to help guide the future design. Hopefully we’ll see the official launch soon so players can start seeing the benefits firsthand!”

But what benefits might it – and Epic’s Engine – bring to the Xbox One?

“Unreal Engine 4 already does a great job of showcasing what the Xbox One is capable of and with the advent of DirectX 12 we’re excited to see developers squeezing even more out of the hardware. Several internal Microsoft teams are using UE4 for games development so it’s made it incredibly easy to closely partner with them and to ensure that Unreal Engine is a great development tool for the broader Microsoft ecosystem.”

This all sounds like PR twaddle for now, but we’re likely to see just how much difference it’ll make next week at E3. Maybe.

Last Updated: June 11, 2015


  1. kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

    June 11, 2015 at 12:03

    E3 this year is pretty hype, looking forward to it though I wonder what Sony and MS is gonna show, I feel they’re gonna get overshadowed by the other press conferences unless MS drops a Gears bomb along with a Scalebound gameplay reveal and Sony break the internet by re-announcing TLG..


    • Pariah

      June 11, 2015 at 12:06

      I hope neither Gears nor that other game are announced. The former because the series needs to stay dead. The latter because it’ll keep on breaking people’s hearts (and I don’t think it’ll be as great after all this time – it’ll look and feel dated).


      • kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

        June 11, 2015 at 12:08

        I feel you. I don’t know, it sounds weird but I need closure. So do many other people that have been waiting for ages. Be it good or bad, I just wish this game would come out so that we can move on.


      • ShoNuff

        June 13, 2015 at 10:12

        I disagree. I want more romps with the cog team.


  2. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    June 11, 2015 at 12:04

  3. Izzy

    June 11, 2015 at 12:07

    Help them squeeze out more? Like 1080p for the Xbone? XD I kid, I kid.


    • Pariah

      June 11, 2015 at 12:08

      1080p or 60fps? Which would you prefer, dear sir?


      • Izzy

        June 11, 2015 at 12:16

        Personally? 60fps for sure. I’m just poking fun at the rest of the bile you’ll find on the battlefield-esque forums of the eternal Fanboy Wars.


        • Pariah

          June 11, 2015 at 12:17

          Lol ditto. Tbh I’m more interested in poking the AMD fan boys. It’s always fun. 😛


    • kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

      June 11, 2015 at 12:09

      • Pariah

        June 11, 2015 at 12:10

        Dem white boy gots swag, yo!


  4. Blood Emperor Trevor

    June 11, 2015 at 12:57

    The way they keep trying to squeeze more out of the Xbox, you’d swear it’s a lemon.


    • Jonah Cash

      June 11, 2015 at 13:26

      Well it isn’t far of from being a lemon now is it?

      “lemon is used to mean a faulty or defective item” Straight from the internet… Hahahaha


  5. Tbone187

    June 11, 2015 at 13:11

    Apparently if you turn the Xbox on it’s side, it performs better.Plugging in a noteworthy pc through the Xbox to your tv will also free up resources by completely bypassing it all together but you have to buy the windows game instead.


  6. Lardus-Resident Perve

    June 11, 2015 at 16:53

    I will wait until it is proven.


  7. lygamnt

    June 11, 2015 at 17:03

    If DX12 is able to squeeze more out of older PC graphics cards it will boost Xbox One performance. Not saying it will be an immediate game changer, but over the life span of the current game consoles they will both improve greatly. Every gen gets better as time goes on.


    • InF3rN0

      June 11, 2015 at 19:14

      Perhaps, but because there is already acces to low level programming, it’s uncertain how it could boost the system. Hopefully, it will.


      • lygamnt

        June 12, 2015 at 14:40

        I know with the older graphics cards its not gonna turn a radeon hd 7950 into a amd r9 300, but I have to think Microsoft is down playing DX12 on Xbox One. I just find it odd how DEVS have talked it up yet Microsoft is being really coy about the whole thing. I hope DX12 gives everyone at least a small boost in performance.


  8. Michael Ray

    June 16, 2015 at 04:46

    Sony has its own low and high level API that will take advantage of AMD GCN architecture more potent than Microsoft will DirectX 12. Microsoft is hyping not Sony.


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