This download contains DirectX 8.1b plus some DirectPlay fixes related to performance and connectivity issues exhibited with some online multiplayer game titles. This release of DirectX is not recommended for general installation. You should only consider installing this release if you have an online gaming problem that has been identified as being fixed with DirectX 8.2. This version of DirectX can replace all previous released versions of DirectX.
DirectX and DirectPlay 8.2 Released
2002-11-01 Games 6 Comments
When would that be release? How can ATI release a DirecTX 9.0 compatible card before it comes out?
Well, seeing as how DirectX 9 has been in beta since this spring, it is possible to release a card that is compatiable with DX9 even though the actual software has not come out yet, but when it does ATI’s card will be one of the first that supports it right out of the box — so to speak.
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Vendors are not end users and do not wait for the products to be released before making drivers for them. That would be a little ridiculous. Instead Microsoft (and other companies) work with vendors to make sure their software products and enhancements are compatible with the vendors’ hardware and drivers. Microsoft is smart about keeping tight relations with hardware vendors, dicussing the technology they are developing, and making sure all of it coincides correctly with hardware coming out around the same time. Sure things fall through the cracks, but normally it’s because of shoddy drivers that manage to slip by QA because they pass the initial tests, but do not end up holding up well on end-user systems. I’m actually looking forward to what DirectX 9 has to offer in the realm of DirectShow (or whatever it’s been renamed to — damn marketing goons).
Thats 93 days to download at 28.8.
Oh wait day 92 and thunderstorm, modem drops, noooooo!!!!!
I remember being forced to alpha test horribly implimented directplay for dx8 for MS allegiance. John Carmack thought dplay was horrible before we were forced to use it, and promptly after we had updated Allegiance the phrase “dplayed” became well known.
Get a download manager and off your machine then. (ANd if you still have a 28.8kbps modem, you might not have a machine that takes advantage of DirectX 8.x games….)