Direct X 11.1 to be fully supported by Battlefield 4.
Now here’s something interesting for all Windows 7 users looking forward to Battlefield 4: Technical Director on Frostbite at DICE Johan Andersson, has stated that Battlefield 4’s Frostbite 3 engine would fully support Direct X 11.1 and that systems utilizing this API would see better CPU performance.
Which systems feature Direct X 11.1? Why, only Windows 8 systems of course!
As stated on NeoGAF, Andersson explained that, “We use DX11.1, there are some optimizations in it (constant buffer offsets, dynamic buffers as SRVs) that we got in to the the API that improves CPU performance in our rendering when one runs with DX11.1. This will be in BF4.”
Not that the game won’t be running great on other machines – it will certainly look better on more powerful machines like the latest computers, Xbox One and PS4 in comparison to the current generation. However, Microsoft’s decision to make Direct X 11.1 exclusive to Windows 8 might come back to haunt them given the OS’s notoriety.