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Chapter 16. Turning a Windows PC into a ... > What Every Gamer Needs to Know About...

What Every Gamer Needs to Know About Windows

Thanks to incredible advances in hardware, today's Windows machines can hold their own against any other game platform, including professional arcade consoles. In fact, several of the new features and enhancements in Windows Me were designed specifically for demanding gamers. The splashiest new features make playing games over the Internet easier and more enjoyable. You'll also find subtle enhancements in the DirectX components that control how games interact with your audio and video hardware in Windows; collectively, these updates make games run more quickly, with more vivid graphics, more responsive input devices, and more realistic sound effects.

How DirectX Makes a Difference

Windows Me includes DirectX 7.1, a collection of multimedia and gaming application programming interfaces (APIs), which act as intermediaries between Windows games and your multimedia hardware. DirectX technology makes life easier for game developers, who can take advantage of the broad range of multimedia features and effects by calling DirectX software instead of writing complicated routines to orchestrate the multimedia hardware appropriately. Game players benefit from DirectX as well. Games are easier to install and set up, with ready support for a wide variety of advanced hardware.


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