Alright! Windows 10 is here and along with it Direct X 12!
Installation was a breeze. I already had the upgrade queued up on my Alienware 17 laptop that I use for development it was by far the most painless upgrade I’ve ever done. Once the upgrade was done, everything was working pretty much flawlessly. The only hiccup I had was that my Synaptics two finger scroll stopped working but it just needed to be turned back on. Well that and some console development tools stopped working but I’m hoping that an update on the tools will fix that. Even if it doesn’t I still have Windows 8.1 Pro installed on my desktop.
Now you’re thinking.. what if I don’t like Windows 10. How hard is it to roll back to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7? Well, thankfully Microsoft has also included a feature under Settings -> Recovery -> Go back to Windows 8.1
This feature only works one month after Windows 10 has been installed. If you’ve made the upgrade and don’t like Windows 10 for some reason you have a month to revert back, however right now I honestly don’t see any reason why you would.
I have to admit, the new Edge browser is quite nice and does seem to have all the HTML5 feature support that Firefox and Chrome has. I ran the Harvard HBX platform on Edge flawlessly the same way it did on Chrome (still has issues with Firefox).
Games & Direct X 12
I haven’t seen much stuff that uses DX12 just yet. However it does run DX9 and DX12 games fine. I tested it with Final Fantasy XIV on both DX11 and DX9 settings and it ran fine for me.
For all the other devs out there that are looking to build new Windows apps or port a DX11 game to DX12 here are some videos to check out