Gamefest 2008 First Announcement
Perhaps a little overshadowed by E3 this year due to the timing, Gamefest 2008 however is a very significant event for gamers. It’s here that Microsoft sets out its stall, so you’ll definitely want to be kept up to date. What’s been announced so far? Well the biggest thing is definitely that Live multiplayer features for PC games come free under the Games For Windows banner. Now that is good news.
This means that all of the stuff you’d associate with Live on the Xbox 360 (truskill matching, downloadable game content, voice and text chat and friends lists) joins achievements in the PC offering. Not only that, but cross-platform gaming with fellow 360 brethren will be possible for a variety of titles in the future – certainly something to get excited about!
Another huge announcement came in the form of DirectX 11. Why will it be special? Well, here’s the list of features below. Decide for yourself whether it’s worth getting Vista for…
* Full support (including all DX11 hardware features) on Windows Vista as well as future versions of Windows
* Compatibility with DirectX 10 and 10.1 hardware, as well as support for new DirectX 11 hardware
* New compute shader technology that lays the groundwork for the GPU to be used for more than just 3D graphics, so that developers can take advantage of the graphics card as a parallel processor
* Multi-threaded resource handling that will allow games to better take advantage of multi-core machines
* Support for tessellation, which blurs the line between super high quality pre-rendered scenes and scenes rendered in real-time, allowing game developers to refine models to be smoother and more attractive when seen up close