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DirectX 9: hardware part ready, software part delayed

As all of you know, the official announcement of Microsoft DirectX 9 was expected in the beginning of October. However Microsoft changed its plans. According to The Inquirer, Games Developer Conference, currently taking place in London, brought the first rumours that Microsoft decided to move the official release of DX9 to the end of November.

Currently, the newest version of this API is Beta 2, however Radeon 9700 Pro is now the only solution that supports DirectX 9. Of course, ATI doesn´t benefit from this anyhow, as no one will ship cards with DirectX 9 beta drivers. By the way, even after the release of DirectX 9 Beta 2 the situation remained unclear, as who knows if the final or another intermediate revision will follow.

In other words, it proves the opinion of some analysts: DirectX9-enabled software will become popular and widespread not before the Christmas. Another interesting fact is that the life cycle of DirectX 9 shortens to minimal, as, according to provisional data, the announcement of Microsoft DirectX 9.1 is scheduled to spring 2003.

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