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Chapter nineteen. Playing Games > Embracing DirectX

Embracing DirectX

Part of the horsepower comes from the technology support necessary to reproduce a game's dazzling graphics and full-range sound. Windows XP supports DirectX 9, which is a set of APIs that provide full access to the advanced features of high-performance hardware. DirectX works to create hardware-accelerated 3D images and engrossing music and sound effects.

DirectX works in the background to match the game's parameters with your PC's hardware capabilities. This way even the most multimedia-laden games can take full advantage of the latest video and audio chips and cards.


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