Battlefield 4 will include special Windows 8 features
It’s no secret that Windows 8 has been a dud so far. There hasn’t been any real reason to upgrade to Windows 8 from a gaming perspective, but Battlefield 4 might just change that for some gamers out there.
According to DICE Technical Director Johan Andersson, the guy in charge of the Frostbite 3 engine development on Battlefield 4, the game will fully support Direct X 11.1. However, only Windows 8 uses DX 11.1, as Microsoft hasn’t released the new features for Windows 7. They have to sell you Win 8 on something, right?
According to Andersson, the specific feature of Direct X 11.1 that Battlefield 4 will take advantage of on Windows 8 involve “constant buffer offsets, dynamic buffers as SRVs”, which return a slightly better CPU performance.
Since the Xbox One will be running Direct X 11.1 as well, we can expect these optimizations to find their way to the Xbox One version of Battlefield 4. The PlayStation 4 also appears to support DX 11.1, but it’s unknown in what capacity.
As for PC gamers, will it be worth it to upgrade to Windows 8 from Win 7 just because of the new Direct X 11.1 feature? Probably not. The difference will hardly be noticeable for most gamers, especially if they’re running a modern CPU. We’d much rather spend the money towards a better graphics card than upgrade Windows at this point.