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WINE may put DX15 on WindowsXP
Authored by: kuroshima on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 05:31 AM EST

Well, it could be made to support any version of DirectX, I sincerely doubt that as it currently stands, it can support future versions of DirectX ;)

I personally think that Valve would be interested in that though, given the amount of trouble DirectX causes them (like they have to install DirectX with every game that uses it, even if you surely have that exact version already installed, because there's no foolproof way of checking it, Helper libraries are not backwards or forward compatible, so you need to have the same exact version the game requires installed - for example, D3DX has over 40 versions for DirectX9 alone, and as many or more for DirectX 10 and 11 -, and so on... Oh, and they can't just redistribute the libraries in question, they need to distribute the full installer, because of the way Microsoft allows for DX redistribution [ source ] I really wish them well in their project to offer Steam on Linux). DirectX is in fact another EEE/barrier of entry/barrier of exit strategy for MS. Using OpenGL would make it very easy to port software to other OSes, so MS, in the name of "making things work better" created an intentionally incompatible (down to meaningless decisions, like if the coordinate system is left or right handed - OpenGL is right handed, as it's common in physics, while DirectX is left handed) version of it with added features. While I understand that OpenGL stagnated, and trailed long behind DX, things have changed now with mobile platforms coming into play.

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