Microsoft Announces DirectX 12 Agility SDK

DirectX 12 Agility SDK enables devs to grasps new DirectX features without having to get a Windows update.

Recently, Microsoft announced the DirectX 12 Agility SDK, which is an update that will allow devs to adopt the newest DirectX 12 graphics features faster than ever before. 

The Agility SDK allows you to add the newest DirectX 12 features to your games and gamers can play games with these features without having to upgrade their OS. You can use the Agility SDK for games to light up the latest features on any device with the Windows 10 November 2019 Update or newer.

Source: Microsoft

"The DirectX 12 Agility SDK will allow us to adopt the latest DirectX 12 features faster than ever. We are really excited about what this change means for the future of Forza Tech at Turn 10 and Playground Games." said Chris Tector, Studio Software Architect at Turn 10 Studios  

Microsoft said that the Agility SDK removes OS rollout as a bottleneck for the latest features to get adopted, gamers can now look forward to the newest features from DirectX getting used sooner than ever before. 

A lot of the DirectX 12 Ultimate?features that were limited to devices with May 2020 Update, can now run on substantially more gamers’ machines now, since the Agility SDK runs on the November 2019 Update and up. 

Shader Model 6.6,?a new update that’s so new that support for it will come only with the next Windows 10 OS. It is also one of several new features that will ship with the Agility SDK model even before the next OS?ships. 

Though the Agility SDK only applies to building PC games, Xbox gamers will reap the benefits as well. "The DirectX team no longer only has one chance to get our latest features out, with the OS. Instead, we get to ship our features to developers whenever we’re ready to, by issuing a new SDK." wrote Microsoft.

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