Microsoft Announces Release of DirectX 8.0

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 9, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the release of the final version of Microsoft® DirectX® 8.0. Through DirectX 8.0, developers can bring cutting-edge multimedia applications to market. New features include near photo-realistic graphics, scalability for massively multiplayer games and improved audio experiences.

“The release of DirectX 8.0 proves to be a major milestone for developers for Windows® ,”
said Ted Hase, director of Windows Third-Party Gaming at Microsoft.
“This latest round of enhancements to DirectX will allow developers to realize their vision in new and very exciting ways. Developers can achieve higher levels of detail in both graphics and sound performance. This means that with the next generation of content, consumers can expect richer gameplay, more immersive in-game experiences and more creative multiplayer environments.”

New Features to Enhance the Multimedia Experience

With DirectX 8.0, Microsoft offers many new features and feature improvements for multimedia application developers:

  • Consolidated interfaces for DirectDraw® and Direct3D® simplify application development and improve performance.

  • Improved graphics authoring tool integration eases development of optimal 3-D characters and environments.

  • Vertex shaders and pixel shaders improve image realism.

  • Consolidated DirectSound® and DirectMusic® interfaces simplify application development.

  • DLS2 audio synthesis support improves instrument realism.

  • DirectInput® device mapping provides simplified device support.

  • DirectPlay® performance and scalability for massively multiplayer games has been improved.

  • DirectPlay IP voice communication support is provided.

  • DirectShow® Editing Services APIs provide real-time compositing and editing of audio/video timelines.

  • DirectShow supports reading and writing Windows Media™
    Audio and Video (WMA and WMV).

  • Microsoft TV Technologies support digital television.

Availability

The DirectX 8.0 Software Development Kit can be downloaded from the DirectX Developer Center at http://msdn.microsoft.com/directx/ .

The latest version of DirectX is also available for free (connect-time charges may apply) download from the DirectX Home User Web page at http://www.microsoft.com/directx/ . Both the DirectX 8.0 SDK and DirectX 8.0 Runtime are scheduled to be available for download before 12:01 a.m. PST, Saturday, Nov. 11.

About DirectX

Microsoft DirectX is an advanced suite of multimedia APIs built into Microsoft Windows operating systems. DirectX provides a standard development platform for Windows-based PCs by enabling software developers to access specialized hardware features without having to write hardware-specific code. DirectX was first introduced in 1995 and is a recognized standard for multimedia application development on the Windows platform.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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