March 21st, 2011
Microsoft's DirectX makes PC games playable on a wide range of computers and simplifies development. But it's also holding PC games back. Or so says AMD.
"We often have at least ten times as much horsepower as an Xbox 360 or a PS3 in a high-end graphics card, yet it's very clear that the games don't look ten times as good," says Richard Huddy, AMD's global developer evangelist, in an interview with Bit Tech. "To a significant extent... DirectX is getting in the way."
Consequently, Huddy claims that one of the most common requests he gets from game developers is: "Make the API go away."
What do you think? Would PC games be better off without DirectX?