GPU plugins, improved SDK layers, and hang debugging: Bringing DirectX 12 tools to the next level

If you are a Windows game developer using DirectX 12, you know that great tools are essential for getting the most out of the graphics hardware. In the past few months, we’ve been making rapid progress on delivering the tools you’ve requested. At the Game Developers Conference today, we demoed new features for both PIX,…


New DirectX Shader Compiler based on Clang/LLVM now available as Open Source

The DirectX HLSL (High Level Shading Language) compiler is now available as an open source project built on the Clang/LLVM framework. Microsoft drives the leading GPU shader language Since 2002, HLSL has been a key focus of industry collaboration on GPU programming. As the shader language for the popular DirectX12 API, HLSL is at the…

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DX12 performance tuning and debugging - PIX on Windows (beta) released!

Continued commitment to gaming on Windows 10 With Windows 10, we promised to build an OS designed for PC gaming, with DirectX 12 as one of the cornerstones of the Windows 10 gaming experience. In the 18 months since our release, DirectX 12 has seen very rapid adoption, with nearly 20 AAA games now available…


DirectX 12 - Looking back at GDC 2015 and a year of amazing progress

Last year at GDC 2014, we announced DirectX 12.  Since then, we have made amazing progress, and we were excited to showcase this progress at GDC 2015. At the GDC 2015 Expo, we had a range of live demos including Lionhead Studio’s next beautiful game Fable Legends, Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, Unity Technologies’ 3D…


DirectX 12 - High Performance and High Power Savings

You probably know that DirectX 12 is designed for performance. What you may not know is that the same design decisions that make DirectX 12 so performant also make it incredibly power efficient.  This allows you to play all of your favorite games on portable devices without having an uncomfortably hot device on your lap…


DirectX 12 Developer Videos

DirectX 12 developer session recordings now available! Missed us at GDC and BUILD? Check out the DirectX 12 developer session recordings below to learn more about the API or just watch some cool demos!   DirectX: Evolving Microsoft’s Graphics Platform In this session, Anuj Gosalia, Partner Development Manager at Microsoft, along with representatives from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm,…


DirectX 12

What’s the big deal? DirectX 12 introduces the next version of Direct3D, the graphics API at the heart of DirectX.  Direct3D is one of the most critical pieces of a game or game engine, and we’ve redesigned it to be faster and more efficient than ever before.  Direct3D 12 enables richer scenes, more objects, and…