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Should I use DX9c or DX10?

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Im currently working on a mmog, so I need to be sure the majority of my players are able to use HAL instead of SWEmu. So I am wondering if there is a version of directX 10 that can run under XP since almost everyone I know refuses to upgrade to vista. I want to be able to have the most people possible even if it means sacrificing graphical abilities. [Edited by - SypheriaChronicles on August 19, 2008 1:30:05 AM]

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Firecore    155
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OpenGL can use all the features of DX10 but OpenGL is allot harder to use then you might think...


What do u mean?

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cignox1    735
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I am wondering if there is a version of directX 10 that can run under XP since almost everyone I know refuses to upgrade to vista.
Dx9 or OpenGL then.


I wouldn't use OpenGL right now: the new specifications have been just released, but without many of the expected features, wich should be added in the next version (they say in the next 12 months). This means that either you use the old version or you will have not much support and resources...

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jollyjeffers    1570
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Im acctually getting a degree in software engineering and the next semester we are doing opengl programming.
Just because people are beating on OpenGL at the moment doesn't mean it is suddenly worth avoiding completely. Whilst they have missed some big opportunities and hurt their long-term position there are still classes of applications and big companies that use the technology. Learning it at university level is likely to be more about the theory of a graphics pipeline and probably won't have time to go into huge detail so you'll be fine.

That and I'd be amazed if any of the top academics would voluntarily teach a Microsoft technology [lol]. My university certainly wouldn't have!

Jack

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lol. Bill Gates personally comes to my university and hires people from there in mass every year.

I want to launch a mmog development company. Im trying to personally learn as much as possible. Ive spent a year on my games design document, and I hope to have a working beta within the next 5 years, so that I may launch the game when I get out of school, since Im also getting a bach. of tech and a masters of info sciences.

I belive I have given myself reasonable time to complete my game. Ive already been programming for 13 years, I just have never dabbeled in openGL or DX yet. I would like to have all the time I need to ensure its a successful launch.

Ive already begun in Dx, but it would be a good learning experience to convert it from Dx to openGL afterwards and then it would be more accessible to the market.

(Please dont post flaming message that its not possible, ive seen how often it happens. I am quite skilled with programming in general, just not graphics yet. My fiance is an amazing artist. I have a sound engineer that has been so for over 20 years, and I have the finacial backing.)

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Im acctually getting a degree in software engineering and the next semester we are doing opengl programming.
Just because people are beating on OpenGL at the moment doesn't mean it is suddenly worth avoiding completely. Whilst they have missed some big opportunities and hurt their long-term position there are still classes of applications and big companies that use the technology. Learning it at university level is likely to be more about the theory of a graphics pipeline and probably won't have time to go into huge detail so you'll be fine.

That and I'd be amazed if any of the top academics would voluntarily teach a Microsoft technology [lol]. My university certainly wouldn't have!

Jack


Yep, there are no reasons why one shouldn't use OpenGL for 3d learning pourposes. But since this api will most certainly change (at least this is what they promised and what many people expect), then I would consider learning DX a better bet for a game right now...

And yes, when I was at the university, they would've rather teach us 20 years old technology (and they actually did) than teaching us how to use MS tools :-)

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intrest86    742
Something to consider is that 5 years from now, DX10 will have significant penetration. The next Windows will be out, and pretty much every computer sold for the next 5 years will support at least DX10 (even the current Intel Integrated chipsets do). If you currently have a Vista machine with a compatible graphics card, I would just use DX10.

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