Phil Spencer: DirectX 12 Brings Up To 50 Percent Increase In Games’ Performance

Spencer updates on the upcoming API, DirectX 12.

Posted By | On 21st, Jan. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


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Update: Spencer also showcased a demonstration comparing a similar scene running on two sets of hardware with the same configuration but one of them was running DX11 and the other on DX12. The one running on DX12 showed an increased number of draw calls and almost double the frame rate compared to the one running on DX 11.

During the on going live stream of the Windows 10 event, Phil Spencer took stage to talk about Microsoft’s upcoming graphics API, DirectX 12. There has been a lot of talk regarding the potential of the new API and how it can change the games development scene on Xbox One, PC and mobile platforms.

Spencer believes that bringing more power to Windows 10 gaming is important to Microsoft so they will be moving to DirectX 12. He believes that the new API will bring in fine control for CPU and GPU, allowing developers to further optimize their games.

He believes that this will lead to performance improvements up to 50% for games. Mobile is also an important area for Microsoft and according to Spencer,  DX12 will help the mobile gaming space by cutting power consumption of mobiles by half. He also revealed that the popular indie game engine, Unity, has also adopted DX 12.

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments section below and stay tuned for more news and updates from the Windows 10 event.


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  • rudero

    This showing is more like goals and plans with no actuall on stage demonstrations. Typical Microsoft. Perhaps they need to learn that people will not buy their soup anymore. Whenever Microsoft shows something off it is usually three years from actual consumer use and here they are just flapping their lips with nothing to back them up. Time will tell.

  • XanderZane41

    Greatness is coming for the XB1.

    • Guest

      PC, true greatness, consoles, peasant crumbs.

    • Still “awaiting” elsewhere.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      It’s already there.. but you’re too blinded by stupid sales pitches and promises to see it. As I said before, you xtwats have been lied to, deceived and taken as nothing more than human wallets and you still keep your butts in the air and a sign that says, “Open For Business” for Microsoft.

      But it’s ok.. stupid American Consumers are just that stupid…

    • Your opinion matters. ;D

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      Yes it does since I hold my principles in such high regard.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      My opinion always matters.. unlike the opinion of an xbox supporter.

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      Yes. Please believe the person who defends every single shady practice Sony does because he’s that deluded.

  • i3myX1

    Like Brad Wardell said:

    http://www.littletinyfrogs.com/article/460524/DirectX_11_vs_DirectX_12_oversimplified

    “It’s not about getting close to the hardware

    Every time I hear someone say “but X allows you to get close to the hardware” I want to shake them. None of this has to do with getting close to the hardware. It’s all about the cores. Getting “closer” to the hardware is relatively meaningless at this point. It’s almost as bad as those people who think we should be injecting assembly language into our source code. We’re way beyond that.”

    “DirectX 11: Your CPU communicates to the GPU 1 core to 1 core at a time. It is still a big boost over DirectX 9 where only 1 dedicated thread was allowed to talk to the GPU but it’s still only scratching the surface.

    DirectX 12: Every core can talk to the GPU at the same time and, depending on the driver, I could theoretically start taking control and talking to all those cores.”

    “You don’t need an expert

    Assuming you’re remotely technical, the change from DirectX 11 to DirectX 12/Mantle changes are obvious enough that you should be able to imagine the benefits. If before only 1 core could send jobs to your GPU but now you could have all your cores send jobs at the same time, you can imagine what kinds of things can become possible. Your theoretical improvement in performance is (N-1)X100% where N is how many cores you have. That’s not what you’ll really get. No one writes perfect parallelized code and no GPU is at 0% saturation. But you get the idea.”

    Phil came out and said a number now. DX12 will squeeze more power out the same hardware. And it will benefit X1 and PC in the same way, as it is about the cores. As Sony will come around with a similar solution, according to Brad Wardell, we will see a general jump in gaming performance and, if devs code accordingly, a new level of graphics!!
    Great times ahead of gamers!!! 🙂

    • Guest

      Im going to laugh when DX12 comes out for the X1, and there are hardly any improvements. And all you fanboys will just excuse it and claim how the improvements are coming in the future. You people are such suckers, its sad. Its funny how PS4’s 40% more teraflops means nothing to you morons. But somehow MS 50% through software claim means “a new level of graphics”. You fanboys are so naive and gullible. Prepare to be let down. Just like how the X1 is a letdown.

    • i3myX1

      I clearly said a shift in graphics for all devices, including PS4 when Sony releases their new API! Read the article of Brad Wardell before repeating the stuff you read in some comment sections on the net. Your comment is a prime example of this stupid fanboy war!!!!

    • Devon Day

      Hey man. Nice comparison there! Here is another for the other side. As you stated Sony is coming up with their own, and I think this article ultimately solidifies your statement. 😉

      http://www.programmableweb.com/news/comparing-xbox-one-and-sony-ps4-apis/elsewhere-web/2014/06/14

    • i3myX1

      Yeah, nice article. I am looking forward to this years GDC to see what Brad Wardells cryptic but enthusiastic statement turns out to be:

      “Pay very very close attention to GDC this year. Even if you’re an OpenGL fan. NVidia, AMD, Microsoft, Intel and Sony have a unified goal. Something is about to happen. Something wonderful.”

      He definitely let it sound as if there is a jump in the whole industrie ahead of us! We are in for a treat 🙂

  • i3myX1

    LOL, I haven`t once used any name-calling and pointed out what DX12 is about. Then you come in, in a vulgar manner speaking about fanboys. The DDR5 thing was a misprint and Brad Wardell knows what he is talking about when it comes to CPU usage and AI programming.
    I repeatedly said a benefit for all platforms in generall as in paradigm shift of graphics. So maybe you can stop the name-calling and maybe you care for a normal discussion. But whatever, you dismissed yourself capable of such!

  • GHz

    Yea, they really went well beyond my expectations with the announcement of Hololens. What’s amazing about it is that its a bone fide PC, running a variant of windows 10. Whats important is that its Not Xbox reliant.This means that what holds true for other traditional devices in regards to accessing your XB1 games, holds true here. Now the purchasing of MineCraft makes perfect sense to me. All these different form factors available to us end users, a wealth of choices in how we want to enjoy how we play is a big deal i think. It supports the CURRENT tech we already OWN. Well played Microsoft! Well played. 😀

  • GHz

    How is this different from existing VR technologies?
    Holographic experiences with Microsoft HoloLens are different from existing experiences, such as virtual reality (VR). With VR, the user is completely immersed in a computer-generated reality, or virtual world. While immersed in a virtual world, users are best advised to stay seated or keep still to avoid collisions with physical objects they cannot see in the real world. Holographic experiences on Windows 10 are about delivering a mixed reality that lets you enjoy your digital life while staying more connected to the world around you – transforming the ways you create, connect, and explore.

    Just played Minecraft using Microsoft HoloLens and can confirm that it in fact works and is pretty sweet. Blew a hole in a room wall w/TNT.— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) January 21, 2015

  • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

    So first this lying scumbag say it isn’t going to matter and now this corporate shill say it does? I feel sorry for anyone if they believe Microsoft’s PR because all they have done is tainted their entire brand image with every backpeddle and going back on their word.

    Microsoft fans are so dumb.. they support a company that can’t even stand by their own guns.. much less their own visions.

    • Psionicinversion

      its probably because Spencer didnt want to be Mattrick promising the earth and under delivering but now hes got REAL results and can confirm the performance increase he can give more solid numbers

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      Regardless anyone that believes anything from Microsoft’s PR has to be naive as of this point.

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      Don’t bother. He’s the kind of Sony fanboy that will shrivel up and run away once you point out Sony has been doing even worse DRM, if not worse across the entire company that will eventually come across to the gaming side. He’s just a shill.

    • rodney patrick

      Stfu and gtfo Sonyboy

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      I do love Sony’s products and Yes I know Sony is more for the Consumer than Microsoft ever has been yes.. But I do call Sony out when they deserve it.. Maybe you should learn some manners next time Xtwat?

    • GHz

      Name all the investments Sony did on your behalf. Lets see what you know. Mind you, I love videogames so I still bought the system knowing what I know in hopes that things get better. So you go ahead and tell me how Sony is doing there best for consumers.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      Sony is doing best for consumers in the fact that they own more first party studios than MS. Sony is doing better for consumers because they didn’t have a shady history of hiding apps behind a paywall. Sony is doing better than Microsoft because Microsoft has tainted their brand Image with EVERY SINGLE 180 they have done and not only does this PROVE THAT MICROSOFT DOESN’T HAVE A LEG TO STAND ON BUT THEY CAN’T EVEN STAND BY THEIR OWN GUNS DUE TO FLIPFLOPPING, SIDESTEPPING, LYING AND DECEIVING AND MANIPULATION.

      You wanna talk about what Sony has done? Before you do… realize that I have no problem with another man’s preference in consoles or games. I don’t care if you prefer halo to killzone or gears over uncharted.. This is about consumer’s lack of self restraint and lack of principles because they still choose to support a company that not only has underdelivered in terms of variety and diversity and focused on Kinect games since 2010.

      Microsoft is bad for business and bad for the consumer anyway you try to spin it. And yes.. Sony pulls some BS too but at least it’s no where near as much and as blatantly disrespectful to the consumer like the many things MS has down.

      Again, MS is bad for business and bad for the consumer.

    • GHz

      Ok so your rant is about you being a righteous do goody consumer calling out the evil empire Microsoft, and letting the world Know that Sony doesn’t practice none of these anti consumer behaviour ever? Did I get that right?

      You say you have no problem with pple preferences but yet your tag is “Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or” because of your belief that Sony is spotless in regards? And being that you know better cause you’re all knowing, “MS fans”, like how you put it, “are dumb”? So you want to think of yourself that smart huh?

      Your so involved that you figure pple need saving, and yet you say you don’t care what pple like? Yet here you are evangelizing like some deranged mad preacher with your rhetoric which excludes Sony of all wrong doing. Deep down you know that you are the worst kind of gamer. We need you to go extinct real bad and fast!

      STFU and play. .

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed
    • GHz

      For real?

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      Yes, FOR REAL….

      Sorry but I gave up trying to comprehend your first paragraph after re-reading it 3 times.. so I have no clue as to what you’re on about with drive club.

      As far as your second paragraph goes…. It doesn’t matter whether the DRM was reversed or not.. Microsoft had no choice but to reverse their policies after the spanking they received with pre orders in comparison to the PS4. I’m sorry but as a consumer.. I DON’T FORGIVE AND FORGET.. The pure fact that MS was so gun hoe about this (and I know damn well they were pushing this along with the pubs/Devs alot more than Sony was if they even were at all that is) and the way they presented this to the public as if they were speaking to us all through a bubble (in typical MS fashion too I might add) trying to tell us what is good for us while treating us like criminals who pirate games with a 24 hour check in and alienating consumers along with their condescending attitudes about internet availability and where we live has BLATANTLY SHOWN those of us intelligent enough that these guys are bad for the consumer and should never be taken seriously period.

      MS got crucified because THEY DESERVED IT. Not only for the brass things Adam Orth and Don Mattrick said (WHICH REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THE ENTIRE COMPANY) but for trying to change this industry for the worst.

    • GHz

      Point being when all said and done ps4 is a all the time connected system if you are to enjoy Sony’s entire library. What’s the difference between the once ever 24hr rule vs the fact that if you haven’t connected your ps4 in a while, you still be prompt to update or else you risk not being able to experience the system in full. You’d be locked out of certain features. How long do you think you can go without updating your ps4 before your locked out from enjoying newer titles to the fullest like say drive club? If you purchased that game at retail thinking you have the game in full, you’re mistaken. For those who don’t have internet, they couldn’t update that game. So every 24 wasn’t an issue because you still have to update these consoles anyway besides other things. Granted, the dumbest thing was the lock out after 24hrs. Not being able to fix your game via internet on day one because you have no access is also a form of lock out. Driveclub says hello.

      Stop crying and move on. There are kinks to sort out on both sides and both sides have said things that we all didn’t agree with. Like right now, Sony is doing plenty they said they wouldn’t do, but i still have my ps4, waiting for them to get it right. Stop being so damn angry, and attacking pple. Shut up and play!

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      You have to remind yourself that this person screaming ” I DON’T FORGIVE AND FORGET.” ad “TREATING CUSTOMERS LIKE CRIMINALS” tries to forget things like this while shilling for Sony

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_BMG_copy_protection_rootkit_scandal

      Sony still treats their own customers like criminals and everyone else outside their ecosystem like a criminal too. Pretty much a massive Hypocrite console peasant that for some reason GamingBolt won’t let me reply to and destroy again. What a shame.

    • GHz

      Oh see now you’ve done it. You can’t talk about that in these parts. They don’t like that kind of truth around here. Having convenient amnesia is new gaming culture, and damn you if you use real news to back up your claims. Only forum babble, myths and rumors allowed. You accept that, and you can be down with the cool and popular kids.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      Also son.. you don’t destroy anyone from behind a kb.. You say it to their face.. and … if you can’t do that.. you atleast show some dignity and take it to the mic in a podcast so I can upload our converation to youtube and make a mockery out of you quite easily. Try me? Or are you spineless like the rest of the bio fiddling pc nerds?

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      Again with the “1v1 me on mic on my terms and my upload so I can edit it myself to make you look bad”. You really think you are being smart but you aren’t, console peasant. But please, offer us a defense why you defend a company that spied on its consumers and not just treats their customers as criminals, but everyone online as potential criminals. And do it on disqus so everyone can see it and not have to listen to a hormonal kid in puberty defend one of the worst corporations in the world for respect for customers in Sony.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      You’re a coward.. otherwise you would have left your google plus handle like someone who possesses any convictions should. Did you though? No you didn’t and that’s why I’ve been skimming through your posts looking for that DATE AND TIME.. you pansey little peon. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mommy still makes you dinner and ties your shoes.

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      Wow. Such an internet tough guy. Straight to the “Your mom” as well. You really are a console peasant and probably chugging down doritos and dew as you scream and write this while claiming to go through posts like a sad little stalker. Are you that afraid of a public forum like disqus where people can mock your sad little opinions and show facts like Sony using online check in on other services and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to Playstation?

      You fear facts it seems. But please continue your meltdown in public. It would be a shame to keep such hilarity from everyone else.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      I’ll get back to you on this tomorrow.. you hit on some things I want to bring up and will be back tomorrow.

      Also I never attacked you dude.

    • GHz

      Was talking about your approach in general and how you labeled pple who have a preference in what type of gear they like. Then you try to convince yourself that your right by trying to be some righteous consumer evangelists, using gaming politics in attempt to get your narrow minded point across. We line up for consoles on release day because WE LOVE CONSOLES! Then there are pple like you who lose themselves in topics they are not qualified to discuss.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      Sorry but your post fails on one thing… THIS IS MICROSOFT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE! If we weren’t talking about MS I would agree with you 100% but WE ARE SO DEAL WITH IT. I love consoles too and own almost every single one of them all the way back from Atari to Current with the only exceptions being the 3DO and the Neogeo…. other than that I OWN EVERY CONSOLE MADE… and it’s probably due to the fact I took care of my things and didn’t sell my consoles like a current day teen scrub.. Don’t give me this crap I love consoles too but I WILL NEVER SUPPORT XBOX AGAIN.

      Illiterate? I don’t think so pal.. Perhaps you should look at your fellow Xbox scumbags on youtube like Nxtgen720 and that other corporate slave Crapgamer.

      Not qualified to discuss it? Who are you to judge anyone on what they are qualified to discuss?

      Again, you still think my hatred for MS and their fans has anything to do with PREFERENCE? I THINK YOU ARE THE REAL ILLITERATE ONE HERE AND PROBABLY INEPT AS WELL SINCE YOU CANT GRASP THE CONCEPT AND MUCH LESS UNDERSTAND THAT THIS HAS TO DO WITH OTHER’S LACK OF PRINCIPLES.. NOT THEIR PREFERECES.. BUT PLEASE CONTINUE TO MAKE YOURSELF OUT TO BE A PREDICTABLE IDIOT..

      Yah, now I’ve insulted you.. You deserve it after this post.

    • GHz

      Jeeeeeezus. You sound like a lunatic. -___-

      Go take your pills and calm down before your old a*s suffer from an aneurism.

      Learn to think before you write and keep your mind from flying all over the place. Take it easy gramps, STHFU and play. Everything is going to be ok. 🙂

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      LOL you really are mentally ill. In one day’s time you have already made 2 bad… no, I mean really bad assumptions that have backfired and made you look completely stupid..

      Mind flying all over the place? No son, I just have a lot to say.. Too bad you don’t.

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed
    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      Yes you got destroyed.. and your lack of principles is your downfall idiot!

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      So I provide evidence. You scream “NO YOU”.

      Please, educate me on why DRM is OK and treating the entire world as criminals is OK when Sony does it

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      How could you own every console ever made when you are clearly 15 years old and freaking out?

      And also how could you claim you have principles when you are supporting one of the worst companies in the world for respecting consumer rights and who treat everyone as criminals, not just their customers?

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-63699-Sonys-4K-DRM-Plans-Online-Authentication-Digital-Watermarks-And-More.html

      It’s OK when Sony does it. Right?

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      Narrow minded because I refuse to support a company that I don’t like the way they are doing things? Narrow minded because I refuse to support a company that has screwed me over with $400 of content on their previous console?

      You better count your blessings this is the internet kiddo.

    • TJ

      how about that free version of Driveclub for PSPlus members? We are still waiting

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      I’m not waiting at all.. Even if the PS+ version was released.. I’d still buy the physical disk. I’m a collector who prefers owning my games than having them digitally sitting behind a DRM fence like with PS+

    • bardock5151

      Please follow his lead.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      You know I would murder you with my bare hands if you even showed me the slightest form of sarcasm.. Real talk here and not even joking..

    • bardock5151

      Sure little buddy. You’re such a tough guy.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      Sucks for you.. you’ll never know to what degree.. If you’re ever in the Los Angeles County.. San Fernando Valley area.. you let me know. I’ll be more than happy to pummel you for your smart alek mouth.

    • bardock5151

      You are an embarrassment to your nation, and far too full of your self.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      And you are an embarrassment as A MAN and as a HUMAN being. It’s happened before kid, and you would be no different.. You’d be eating a fistful of knuckles at the end of the day.

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed
    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      And you’re an embarrassment AS A MAN and as an INTELLIGENT MEMBER OF THE HUMAN RACE. Just remember it’s real easy to make threats from behind a keyboard… but only I know what I did to 3 different chumps from XBL who ran their mouths, got personal with me and came down to my home after I dared them..

      Don’t need to say more about what happened to them and what happened (Legally) to me but I know I would hurt your severely because I’VE DONE IT BEFORE..

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      Its so easy to lie on the internet when you are a 15 year old hiding behind their own lies to make them sound tough.

      I’ll take “sh*t that never happened” for $500 Alex. The question is “What happened in that post?”.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      Yes it’s easy to lie.. Too bad, I’m not. In the meantime I suggest taking up a new hobby that might actually provide some pigment to your pastey face skin. Jesus.. If there is one thing I can’t stand.. It’s a PC gaming nerd like yourself.

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed
    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      Best you nerds can do is gifs and memes eh? LOL Here’s an idea genius… next time you have a problem with someone why not try walking up to them on the street and show them a pic on your phone and tell them to their face that this is what you think of them?

      You wouldn’t… you don’t possess the intestinal fortitude for that.

    • bardock5151

      You really are a loopy one.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      No I’m a real one.. and a normal gamer.. Not some nerd who congregates on here as if this place was my 2nd home… Seriously look at yourself in the mirror before you insult others. Either way, face to face or over the mic.. you could never hold a candle to me in any debate over Microsoft’s anticonsumerism.. If you think you can.. leave that PSN ID.. otherwise I’ll grow tired of this fairly soon

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed
  • abcdefgqwerty

    So now we have proof direct x was really slow before 12 if there was a 50 percent increase sitting there somewhere

  • theCharlieSheen2

    50% increase, LOL. Not on xbone kiddies so dont get your hopes up.

    • GHz

      While @ developer builds since last year 2014, industry pros who have direct ACCESS in regards lump the XB1 as the MAIN beneficiary. Why because DX12 was build for XB1. Everybody else including PC get 2nds. Huge performance gains no doubt but still, XB1 has more to gain from DX12. This has been expressed over and over again.

      CEO Brad Wardell explained how DirectX 12 would benefit the PC and Xbox One

      “”Xbox One is the biggest beneficiary; it effectively gives every Xbox One owner a new GPU that is twice as fast as the old one,”

      “it’s not literally (it’s software, not hardware) but yes, dx12 games will likely by more than 2x as fast.”

      “It was/is still basically a single core stack. With DX12 all 8 cores will be able to split the work.” — Brad Wardell

      ““And it’s not a small benefit. It’s… like getting four generations of hardware ahead with this API.” – AMD’s Raja Khodury

      Back to Brad with updated info in regards..

      ” Getting “closer” to the hardware is relatively meaningless at this point. We’re way beyond that. In theory, all your cores can talk to the GPU simultaneously. The results are spectacular. In fact, most benchmarks that have been talked about have been understated because they seem unbelievable.” — Brad Wardell

      But heres where he tells you that because of this XB1 has the upper edge.

      “Third, if you’re a XBox One fan, don’t assume this will give the XBO superiority. By the time games come out that use this, you can be assured that Sony will have an answer.” — Brad Wardell

      Translated, Sony doesn’t YET have an answer to XB1 + Dx12, but his opinion is that they will in time. He even gave us a timeline, and thats by the time games using DX12 in full on the XB1 arrive. So at this point, if you’re only dedicated the pS4 console, and dangerously emotional about this kind of stuff, all you can do is sit and hope that Brads right.

      Ain’t competition sweet though?

    • i3myX1

      Nice write up! I totally agree!

      And before emotional replies from random people come to follow, Wardell said twice as fast in the meaning of draw calls to the GPU from software side and not magically making 12 CUs into 24. It is about generating workloads faster and distribute them in a parallized process to achieve a faster generation of frames.

      “Your theoretical improvement in performance is (N-1)X100% where N is how many cores you have. That’s not what you’ll really get. No one writes perfect parallelized code and no GPU is at 0% saturation. But you get the idea.” — Brad Wardell

    • XanderZane41

      You keep wishing and hoping. lol!! After Win10 & DX12 launches, the ballgame is over.

    • Xbox Fans Have No Integrity Or

      Ballgame over? It’s been over for over a year now.. MS is so desperate it shows. Phil Spencer is a liar who can’t be believed any more than Major Nelson as of this point. You don’t change hardware through software..

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      Just like the PS4’s silky smooth 30FPS, lack of features typical on PC high settings and framerate drops, right?

    • TheWayItsMeantToBePlayed

      Are you going to cry when that massive increase on PC curbstomps the PS4 as well?


 

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