Colin McRae: DiRT 2 supports DirectX 11 and DirectCompute 11
“DirectCompute 11 is a huge step forward from DirectCompute 10 (which was all that was available in hardware up to DirectX 10.1). The increased flexibility means that for most uses it’s far more efficient and there are cases of 2x or better improvement by moving to DirectCompute 11. DirectCompute 10 was really the first step towards a more generic programming approach on GPUs but now with DirectCompute 11, combined with the awesome power of a Radeon HD 5870, the future is really here.” – Bryan Marshall – CTO Codemasters
As the sequel to the acclaimed racer of 2007, Colin McRae™: DiRT® 2™ is set to take off-road racing games to a new level, with benchmark tech, thrilling new race types, big event atmosphere, stunning locations, a new breed of off-roading heroes and a peerless line-up of super-charged speed machines. Promising a thrilling race experience and an extreme sports attitude that borrows from snowboarding and skateboarding culture, Colin McRae DiRT 2 will take players on a World Tour to diverse and challenging real-world environments to compete in contemporary off-road events.
Releasing on December 4th, 2009, Colin McRae DiRT 2 for the PC has extensive support for DirectX® 11, the next generation of the gaming API coming soon with Windows® 7. Support for hardware-based Tessellation helps improve overall performance and the visual quality of water, crowds and cloth effects. Advanced post processing visual effects such as high quality shadow filtering and depth of field are accelerated through DirectCompute 11 (Shader Model 5.0), which is only available on graphics hardware offering the same level of support - the new generation of AMD graphics called ATI Radeon™ 5800 Series.
Specifically selected to deliver aggressive and fast paced racing, Colin McRae DiRT 2’s garage will house a best-in-class collection of officially licensed rally cars and off-road vehicles; covering seven vehicle classes, players will be given the keys to powerful machines right from the off. Colin McRae DiRT 2 will come complete with full online functionality that will be core to the overall experience, with head-to-head competitive online play and new social features to engage the racing community. Prepare for mud, gravel, dust and dirt too in Colin McRae DiRT 2.
DirectX 11 Features:
Hardware Tessellation for:
- Dynamic Water Surface
- Dynamic Cloth
- Animated Crowd
DirectCompute 11 for:
- Optimized Post Processing Effects
- High Quality Shadow Filtering
- Depth of Field
- High Definition Ambient Occlusion