A new version of Microsoft DirectX 11 for Windows PC

DirectX 11

DirectX 11

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Microsoft DirectX 11 (DX11) is a group of technologies designed to make Windows-based computers an ideal platform for running and displaying applications rich in multimedia elements such as full-color graphics, video, 3D animation, and rich audio.

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The tool includes security and performance updates, along with many new features across all technologies, which can be accessed by applications using the DirectX APIs.

DirectX 11 is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) designed by Microsoft to provide developers with a standardized way to access advanced multimedia and gaming features on Windows-based systems. By harnessing the power of DirectX 11, developers can create visually impressive and performance-driven applications across various industries, including gaming, virtual reality, simulation, CAD, and multimedia.

The Microsoft DirectX® End-User Runtime provides updates to 11 and previous versions of Direct X — the core Windows® technology that drives high-speed multimedia and games on the PC.

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Direct3D 11 is out and ready for use by your game today to exploit the latest in video hardware features as well as current generation machines. This talk brings you up to speed with the API, offers tips on how to get your renderer up and running, presents key feature overviews, and shows how to deploy your application. Attending this talk is highly recommended if you are attending other app presentations.

Note that the DirectX Runtime (Direct3D, DirectInput, DirectSound) is not part of this package as it is included as part of the Windows operating system, and therefore cannot be installed or uninstalled. Updating the Runtime is achieved by installing the latest Service Pack or obtaining a newer version of Windows PC.

Microsoft DirectX 11 is included in Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. There is no stand-alone update package for this version. You can update DirectX by installing the service pack and update listed below. To upgrade DirectX further, you will need to upgrade your operating system.

The program is included in Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012. There is no stand-alone update package for the software. You can only install this DirectX version through Windows Update in Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012.

The tool is included in Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2. There is no stand-alone update package for the app. You can only install this DirectX version through Windows Update in Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 are included with these Windows versions. Updates will be available through Windows Update. There is no stand-alone package for these versions of DirectX.

Microsoft DirectX 11 is licensed as Freeware for Windows PC (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system/platform from components without restrictions. DirectX11 is available to all software users as a free download!


Enhanced Graphics
It introduces a wide range of cutting-edge graphics features, such as tessellation, shader model 5.0, and compute shaders. These features enable developers to create more detailed environments, realistic character models, and stunning visual effects.

Improved Performance
With multithreaded rendering and improved resource management, it helps maximize the utilization of multi-core CPUs and accelerates rendering tasks, leading to better overall performance and smoother gameplay.

This feature enables developers to harness the power of the GPU for general-purpose computing tasks, unleashing parallel processing capabilities for complex calculations and simulations.

DirectX 11 Tessellation
Tessellation allows for the generation of high-detail 3D models by dynamically subdividing polygons. This feature brings added realism to game environments and enables developers to create smoother curves and intricate details.

DirectX 11 XInput and XAudio2
These APIs provide enhanced support for gamepad input and audio playback, respectively. Developers can create immersive gaming experiences with precise control and high-quality audio.

How to Use

To utilize DirectX 11, developers need to incorporate the relevant DirectX libraries and SDK into their software projects. By following the documentation and leveraging the provided APIs, developers can tap into the advanced capabilities of DirectX 11 to enhance graphics, improve performance, and create immersive experiences.


What operating systems support DirectX 11?

DirectX 11 is supported on:
  • 11.1 - Windows 7 SP1 (partially), Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Server 2012
  • 11.2 - Windows 8.1, Windows RT, Windows Server 2012 R2, Xbox One
Is DirectX 11 backward compatible with older DirectX versions?
Yes, DirectX 11 is backward compatible with previous versions of DirectX. However, some specific features may require DirectX 11 support from the graphics hardware.

Can DirectX 11 improve performance in non-gaming applications?
Yes, DirectX 11's improved resource management, multithreaded rendering, and DirectCompute features can benefit performance in non-gaming applications that require graphics-intensive tasks, such as CAD, simulation, and multimedia software.

Are there any alternatives to DirectX 11?
Yes, alternative graphics APIs include OpenGL and Vulkan. While DirectX is primarily targeted for Windows systems, OpenGL and Vulkan offer cross-platform support.

How can I check if my system supports DirectX 11?
To check if your system supports DirectX 11, you can use the DirectX Diagnostic Tool. Press the Windows key + R, type "dxdiag" in the Run dialog, and press Enter. In the "System" tab, you will find your DirectX version information.


DirectX 11 is available FREE of charge as a part of the Windows operating system. Developers can download the DirectX Software Development Kit (SDK) from the official Microsoft website without incurring any additional costs.

System Requirements

To utilize DirectX 11, ensure your system meets the following minimum requirements:
  • Operating System: Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 11 compatible GPU
  • Processor: Dual-core CPU or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or more
  • Storage: Sufficient disk space for application development
  • Enhanced graphics capabilities with tessellation and shader model 5.0.
  • Improved performance through multithreaded rendering and resource management.
  • DirectCompute enables GPU-accelerated general-purpose computing.
  • Precise control and audio playback with XInput and XAudio2.
  • Backward compatibility with older DirectX versions.
  • Limited cross-platform support, primarily targeting Windows systems.
  • Some advanced features may require compatible hardware.
  • Steeper learning curve for novice developers.

DirectX 11 continues to be a vital tool for developers looking to harness the power of modern graphics hardware and create visually stunning applications. With its improved graphics capabilities, enhanced performance, and support for advanced features, it empowers developers to unlock immersive experiences in gaming, simulation, CAD, and multimedia.

While limited to the Windows platform, DX 11 remains a solid choice for developers seeking to leverage the latest advancements in graphics programming.

  • DirectX 11 Screenshots

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    DirectX 11 Screenshot 1

What's new in this version:

DX 11 Supported Games For PC List:
- Assassin’s creed
- Sims 3
- Angry Birds
- Bio Shock Infinite
- Alien isolation
- Tropico 5

Direct X 11 Compatible Video Cards / Graphic Card List:
- AMD Radeon HD 7660d,
- AMD Radeon HD 3000
- ATI Radeon HD 3200
- ATI Radeon HD 4550,
- ATI Graphic Card B276

Key Features Direct X 11:
- Tessellation Enabled
- Shader Model 5.0
- Direct Compute 11
- Multi-threading
- HDR Texture Compression