<programming, hardware> A Microsoft programming interface standard, first
included with Windows 95. DirectX gives (games) programmers a standard way to
gain direct access to enhanced hardware features under Windows 95 instead of
going via the Windows 95 GDI. Some DirectX code runs faster than the equivalent
under MS DOS.
DirectX promises performance improvements for graphics, sound, video, 3D, and
network capabilites of games, but only where both hardware and software support
DirectX 2 introduced the Direct3D interface. Version 5 was current at
1998-02-01. Version 8.1 is included in Windows XP.
Current version: 8.1 (as of 2001-12-31).
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