Announcing new DirectX 12 features

Announcing new DirectX 12 features We’ve come a long way since we launched DirectX 12 with Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. Since then, we’ve heard every bit of feedback and improved the API to enhance stability and offer more versatility. Today, developers using DirectX 12 can build games that have better graphics, run faster…


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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Hello World: DirectX 12 developer edition

Hello graphics developer pals! We’re as excited as a ninja-cat-riding-a-T-Rex to share our work with you all. We’ve been working with some of you already and we’re excited to welcome any newcomers! So, let me give you a little tour of where you can find the content you may be looking for. Let’s meet up…

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GRFX at //build 2015: What will you build?

Hi all! Wow, we’ve had a busy year for the graphics teams here at Microsoft.  In addition to busily building the graphics features and upgrades you’ll get your hands on with Windows 10, we’ve been out and about. We’ve run into you at standout events like GDC, XFest, and, most recently, //build.Read on for a…

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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…