DX 12 Will Improve Xbox One Games’ Performance, Reduces CPU Utilization By 50%

Microsoft details the advantages of DX 12.

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Update 2: Microsoft has confirmed that it will release DX 12 in Holiday 2015. There is no update on a Windows 7 support although they will consider it. As mentioned below, DX 12 will support mobiles but with better power efficiency. This means batteries won’t drain out. DX 12 will also support multiple GPUs as they have ‘ways’ to target each one of them.

Update: An interesting bit of information has popped out of the conference. DX12 can enhance any modern graphics chip. When compared to previous iterations, this a big change in the way DX talks to the GPU. In short this will improve performance across the board for Xbox One games.

In the on going Microsoft’s presentation for DX 12, it was announced that DX 12 will improve performance of game’s on the Xbox One. DX 12 features a lower level of abstraction and new rendering features. In addition, it also addresses state and rendering overhead along with resource management improvements.

In DX 11 most of the work was done by a single core, but in DX 12 overall CPU utilization is down 50% and the workload is more spread out across all cores. Furthermore DX 12 may allow applications to control graphics memory in an efficient manner. Rendering overhead includes new command lists for for multi-thread scale-ability along with GPU indexing with large array of resources.

DX 12 features an API of a lower level with less API and driver tracking universally. This is to improve predictability. Further more on the GPU end, DX 12 will enable better better collision and culling.

Recently we did an article on what advantages DX 12 could bring to Xbox One. You can read that article here. DX 12 will come to mobiles and all Microsoft platforms. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks, PCPer Live Blog


  • Johnny

    Nice news for xbox and pc gamers.

  • datdude

    They suckered you with cloouuddzzz. Now so many of your are on the hook yet again with a development that will mainly benefit pc developers, and have a marginal impact on the xbone console itself. Good luck with that. I guess by holiday 2015 when you lot realize dx12 isn’t what you thought it would be Microsoft will have announced some other golden popsicle to mollify the worried masses. Unbelievable. Wake up folks. The hardware is what it is. Software can only do so much. If it were that easy, no one would have to buy new graphics cards to improve performance. What is in the box is what ya got, more or less. Deal with it.

  • Failz

    When MS told us the Xbox One will become more powerful over time, well with the DX12 feature and Cloud Processing still to be used. There actually right.

    • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

      To little to late.

    • Crapgamer

      They’re the ones with games, how is it too late?

    • You are flat out wrong

      Oh?

  • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

    Thank god my system of choice doesn’t have to place all its hopes and dreams on an API update that wont even be around until holiday of next year. Xbots said this was the Sony killer, seems more like a laughable joke. You’ve got nothing for xbone now and this isnt going to help, just except the lies and mediocrity you bought into from Microsoft, or do the smart thing and trade that piece of junk in on the far superior PS4 that can already run games better then any directx update is going to do.

    • Crapgamer

      What would we play on this far superior machine? All I see are indie titles and free-2-play PC ports over a year old. The fact that you’re hear is pretty telling. So many salty, hurt Sony Ponies!

    • You are flat out wrong

      Four confirmed first party exclusives on the PS4 versus three on the Bone.

      The fact you refuse to acknowledge this fact confirms your own saltiness. Xdrones waiting until 2016 for games, it’s hilarious!

    • Ian Williams

      Ooh look who’s here trolling on another Xbox thread. This guy is a fully paid member of the sdf. Trolls everything Xbox. Probably a moderator from sonygaf

    • You are flat out wrong

      Sorry if the facts upset you, Ian.

    • Ian Williams

      Facts? The constant bull is a little irritating.

  • Johnny

    Anyone that doesn’t know this is huge for the xbox is either ignorant, stupid or just plainly a fantard or you just don’t get it!

    • Xtreme Derp

      Huge delusions for xbots, maybe.

    • Johnny

      The only people here with delusions are the Sony trolls that come to argue.

    • Xtreme Derp

      Keep clinging to that non-existent special sauce. You xbots are a laughingstock.

    • disqus_TCr2DiTW3m

      i don’t think you’d come to every dx12 article and try to downplay it if you weren’t a little nervous

  • RiTCHiE

    Maybe thats when they drop a xbox one slim? Because now its 1 big vent. So if they could find a way to run it less hot. they could make a nice smaller shell and start selling slims.

  • Midori Inaba

    Well, it’s only natural for consoles that software over time makes them perform better.

    That doesn’t change the fact that XOne’s hardware is weak, with or without DX12.

    With that said, I hope games will run smoother on XOne. I really want a 1080p 60fps Halo.

    • Psionicinversion

      itll definately do 1080p, 60 fps not so sure if they want to show off the graphical prowess of X1 which i think is going to be the first title theyll put tons of effort into and utilise every nook and cranny of the X1 may even use realtime raytracing from the cloud (what i think brigade software crunching the numbers then sending it to X1 for rendering, instead of it crunching numbers rendering then video stream, less GPU time so more number crunching). If Halo is a let down visually then, you may as well forget anything else going to be visually stunning tbh.

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  • Jessika S.

    HOLIDAY of 2015 why should I care, tell me about it when it’s closer doesn’t do me any good right.

    • Daniel Lawson

      you people drive me crazy… tech is out now… games don’t magically appear out of thin air

  • XanderZane41

    Greatness is coming!!

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