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DirectX 12 for Xbox One will make it easier for developers to run games in higher resolutions and with more detail, Stardock founder and CEO Brad Wardell has said.

Posting on Twitter, Wardell wrote: "One way to look at the XBox One with DirectX 11 is it has 8 cores but only 1 of them does dx work. With dx12, all 8 do."

Another Twitter user argues that Xbox One already does this, but Wardell says this isn't the case.

"I'm sorry but you're totally wrong on that front," he responded before adding, "XBO is very low on overhead. Overhead is not the problem. It is that the XBO isn't splitting DX tasks across the 8 cores."

Asked on Twitter how DX12 will benefit Xbox One games, Wardell replied: "I think it'll make it easier to have games run at higher resolution and have more objects on screen at once." Analysis

Given the disparity between some Xbox One and PS4 games has been a major talking point, an API update to enable Xbox One devs to bump the resolution to 1080p or close to 1080p would be very welcome.

Source: @draginol

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Lalaland's Avatar


That has almost nothing to do with DX12 on XB1 it's all about PC and what DX12 does for the PC. Certainly there are no claims of performance boosts that mean it's 1080p all the way on XB1 from here on out or anything else Brad Wardell has been talking about
Posted 13:32 on 16 April 2014
Godoku's Avatar


This is a joke. Xbone could be programmed to use multiple cores in parallel for 3D graphics WITHOUT direct X12. Case in point, PS3 programs in multiple core processing, WITHOUT Direct X12 . Why cant microsoft manage that? Microsoft keeps touting these pitiful solutions to their weak hardware: Overclocking the CPU, over clocking the GPU. None of it has helped. DX12 will just make making the SAME calibur of games easier for the DEVELOPER. It wont affect things at all for the gamer's end. DX12 will make games exceptional on PC. Xbone games will still be marginal.
If M$oft can't program 3D operations for multiple parallel processors, without the help of Direct X 12, that betokens incompetent programmers. They should hire some of the Sony Santa Monica programmers Sony Laid off. Xbone just sucks because DDR3 is too damn slow to do 1080P 60 fps. Period. That's why PS4 is out selling Xbone 3 to 1 in Europe. Look at the sales of MGS Ground Zeroes. 500k Sales on PS4, 105K sales on Xbone.
Posted 11:59 on 16 April 2014
Kevinfai1985's Avatar


I hope it helps but in all honesty im enjoying all the other functionallity, on sunday i watched the golf while playing titanfall.... I actually sold my ps4 for an xbox one.......both consoles will mature into very different machines unlike this lot on the podcast eh ...... haha
Posted 21:38 on 15 April 2014
Statix's Avatar


The thing that people fail to understand is, as the Xbone's API improves, it will always operate at a performance deficit compared to stronger consoles like the PS4, whose own API will improve over time as well. Every console in history has improved its API's and development toolchains over the course of its lifespan. It's simply an indisputable fact that the Xbone has a lower-end GPU, greater OS overhead, and a slower/more complicated RAM configuration than the PS4.

tl;dr: Software will change, but hardware cannot.
Posted 15:11 on 15 April 2014
Lalaland's Avatar


Brad Wardell has been the most aggressive proponent of DX12 on XB1 as a panacea for MS' woes on that platform. Not even MS themselves have been so aggressive which means I'll take this with a pinch of salt until I see some results. The API improvements won't alter the challenges of fitting a full 1080p framebuffer into 32MB of ESRAM but presumably MS will offer better guidance and toolchains to optimise that stuff over time too. I just hope this stuff hits sooner than later but with a target of 2015 this could be a long wait before anyone is proven right or wrong.
Posted 13:40 on 15 April 2014
Magpie_air's Avatar


I'm really enjoying the xbox one experience supported 360 throughout I think they need direct 12 we shouldn't be paying this sort of money and feel like we are on catch up already on next gen they should ship out new model with this and more memory it's good Microsoft are supporting there product with updates but they need to resolve this soon and we are just willing to accept this and we don't deserve this sorry for the rant just want to play games and play on a machine I know is capable and more
Posted 13:23 on 15 April 2014
Bretty's Avatar


There are an awful lot of "should" and "could" around DirectX 12 on Xbox One.

Hopefully it does do it good but I am pessimistic when I see so many speculative comments and not just "it will do this"
Posted 13:03 on 15 April 2014
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