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DirectX 8 Release

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Lot''s of questions about this lately. The general belief is in a couple of months, i.e. somewhere around October. But of course no one really knows.

- WitchLord

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I think Silicon Graphics was working on the DirectX 8 project with Microsoft, however, Silicon Graphics pulled out of the project, leaving it up in the air.

Supposedly OpenGL is supposed to "merge" with DirectX, but that''s sort of wishful thinking. I think we will be using version 7 for a while longer.





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SPAR: You''re thinking of the Farenheit project, a joint project between SGI and Microsoft which fell apart a little while ago. It was supposed to deliver great things, but AFAIK, SGI pulled out, and I think MS is now using the code for parts of DX8.

Well, that''s about as much as I know anyways!

Simon Wilson,
XEOS Digital Development

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There will be fewer components of DirectX in 8. D3D & DDraw will be unified, as will DMusic & DSound. DPlay has a new voice part, and maybe DirectMedia will be updated to 7.

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I know one of the key developers from Revenant, and he already has an early copy of DirectX 8. From what he tells me Direct Draw and Direct 3d combined to make Direct Graphics which according to him has a lot more functionality(at least on the 3d side). I''m not much of a 3d programmer, but he says the 3d stuff helped a lot. As to when it will be out, I''m not sure, but If he already has a copy, it can''t be too far away.

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