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DirectX 12 vs. Mantle: Comparing PC gaming's software-supercharged future

Brad Chacos | March 24, 2014
After nearly five years of lingering on the same stable release, the next generation of DirectX is finally on its way. But a specter hung over Microsoft's introduction of DirectX 12 at GDC on Thursday: AMD's in-house Mantle technology.

But no matter which technology "wins" in the long run, gamers win when games perform better — especially if they don't have to buy new hardware to see the improvements.

Even if DirectX 12 launches in a year and a half and promptly smothers AMD's fledgling solution — a pretty likely scenario, if Microsoft's promises come true — we have Mantle to thank for prodding Microsoft out of its DirectX 11 complacence. And if you want to behold the future of "close to the metal" PC gaming today, well, Mantle's the only way to fly.


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