DirectX is a concept that Windows users come across from time to time, especially game enthusiasts. Until 4-5 years ago, it was necessary to update DirectX in order to play a newly released game. However, this is no longer necessary today. So what is DirectX? Why is there no need for a DirectX update these days? We have answered all these questions.
What is DirectX?
DirectX, which came into our lives with Windows 95 in 1996, is the foundation of Windows’ success in games. While it has some very powerful hardware on computers running today’s macOS operating system, it is clear that Windows has the best performance when it comes to gaming.
To put it in its simplest form, DirectX gives game developers access to hardware to fine-tune games. Game developers are much easier when it comes to console such as PlayStation or Xbox. Because they optimize the games they develop for one piece of hardware.
However, there are thousands of different configurations when switching to the computer side. This is where DirectX comes in handy. Games can work in an optimized way by communicating directly with the computer’s hardware.
Moving gradually to the technical side, DirectX is an application programming interface that provides low-level access to hardware components such as graphics cards, sound cards and RAM. In the DOS era, games had direct access to hardware such as video cards and motherboards.
To find this situation dangerous, Microsoft restricted direct access to certain hardware with Windows 95. DirectX was developed to make access easier, as it poses problems for games. This technology thus acts as a bridge between games and hardware.
DirectX isn’t the only API protocol currently available to game developers. However, being specific to Windows offers an advantage. Microsoft is blurring the line between DirectX 12 Ultimate and PC and Xbox Series X, making it much easier for game developers to adapt games to any platform.
By the way, we must point out that games are not the only area of application. Another Critical Area: DirectX technology is also used for hardware acceleration, allowing high-resolution video playback or editing.
How do I find out what the DirectX version is?
Microsoft has released DirectX 11 with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 versions. In the latest operating system, Windows 10 comes with DirectX 12 installed. As of February 2021, the latest version will be DirectX 12 Ultimate.
It is quite easy to find out which version you have installed on your computer. After opening the start menu or start screen, type dxdiag and press Enter. On the screen that opens, under the system tab, you will see the version installed on your computer.
How to update DirectX?
You don’t need to download files in current versions of Windows. Updates can be made directly through Windows Update. However, if an update is needed, there are two different ways;
1 – DirectX updates are not offered as a file / package after Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. Therefore, in operating systems released after Windows 7, all you need to do is check for updates.
2 – You are using Windows 7 or older version, you can click here to download the latest DirectX version page prepared by Microsoft.