What is DirectX? Use of DirectX & Versions of DirectX

What is DirectX?

DirectX is a set of APIs for developing and managing multimedia graphics and tasks on Microsoft platforms (such as Windows). In September 1995, the first version of DirectX was released as Windows Game SDK (Software Development Kit). DirectX design especially for games and multimedia applications. In the "DirectX", X standing for specific API names such as Direct3D, DirectPlay, Direct Sound, and Direct Draw.

Redbuddy defines DirectX

DirectX helps to connect hardware to the development platform to help developers access the audio and visual capabilities of internal hardware via pre-developed APIs. DirectX primarily used to create games and multimedia applications who demand advanced interaction from system hardware.

DirectX Versions

For every version of windows need a specific version of DirectX. Here is the list of DirectX versions:
  • In 2002, DirectX 9 was released for Windows 98 and XP. Although its support all subsequent version of Windows.
  • DirectX 10 supported only in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
  • DirectX 11.0 supported only in Windows Vista (After Platform Update), Window 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
  • DirectX 11.1 & 11.2  supported only in Windows 8 and Windows 10.
  • DirectX 11.3, 11.4 & DirectX 12 supported only in Windows 10.
Extras: DirectX 12 is the latest version of DirectX.

APIs of DirectX

DirectX contains the following APIs (Application Programming Interfaces):
  1. Direct3D (D3D)
  2. DXGI
  3. Direct2D
  4. DirectPlay
  5. DirectInput
  6. DirectDraw
  7. DirectWrite
  8. DirectSetup
  9. DirectSound
  10. DirectMusic
  11. DirectX Media
  12. DirectCompute
  13. DirectX Media Objects
  14. DirectSound3D (DS3D)
  15. DirectX Raytracing (DXR)
  16. DirectX Diagnostics (DxDiag)
  17. XACT3
  18. XAudio2
Click Here For Detailed Information of DirectX APIs.

Find Current DirectX Version Number

  • Open Run Menu (Windows + R)
  • Type "dxdiag" command and press enter
  • Hurray! DirectX Diagnose tool is open and your DirectX version available in system information.
Find Current DirectX Version Number
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