It may seem like gamers around the world are still getting used to DirectX 10 from Microsoft, which was released for Windows Vista only. Microsoft has said that DirectX 11 is ready to go and like its predecessor, it will only be offered from Vista.
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This announcement will come as no surprise to users of Windows XP. Microsoft has given no exact date when DirectX 11 will be offered, but says it will be this year. DirectX 11 will improve performance in DirectX 10 games says Microsoft.
Gamers who just bought a new video card will be glad to hear that DirectX 11 will be compatible with DirectX 10 hardware. New features will include new shader technology taking advantage of the card as a parallel processor and the ability to use multi core processors and support for tessellation.