id Tech 5 engine won't support DirectX 10

Posted on Wednesday, Aug 08 2007 @ 02:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Voodoo Extreme spotted in an interview that id Software is staying loyal to OpenGL by not supporting Microsoft's DirectX 10 in their new Engine 5 game engine:
GI: Will this engine support any DX10 features?

Carmack: No, not currently. We're not expecting to. We're not sure if we're going to be a Vista title or not. There will be some support benefits by being Vista only. It depends when we get the game done what the adoption has been. But it's a OpenGL title on the PC and Mac right now, obviously D3D on the 360, and the PS3 it's kind of an in between where it's Open GLES but we do a lot of direct command buffer writing there. If necessary we can move the PC version over to DX10, but there's not much strong pull for us to do that. All of the toolset is in OpenGL, I wouldn't want to convert everything over.

GI: You didn't seem to hot on DX10 or Vista at CES.

Carmack: Microsoft has done a great job with all this stuff. I mean, I honestly think that DX9 with how it's implemented on the 360 is a clearer and more open API than OpenGL is. It doesn't hide the state.

That's sort of the Microsoft way. They start off with a piece of crap, and then over a number of versions taking a lot of people with them over the painful route they eventually get to something that's better than what they are competing against. It's a valid strategic direction. I think they've come out at the end with a good platform and a good product. Some of the DX10 stuff I don't think there's going to be huge draws for the features there, but a lot of what they've done with the structuring of the API I think are still positive things to do there. I think they have a good team with solid engineering there.

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