First released in 1995, DirectX is a set of APIs developed by Microsoft that allows software to write instructions directly to audio and video hardware, improving multimedia performance. Games that include DirectX have the capability of utilizing multimedia and graphics accelerator features more efficiently.
Latest DirectX versions
Early versions of Microsoft Windows (XP and earlier) had multiple versions of DirectX that had to be installed separately. Later versions of Windows included DirectX with some having the ability to upgrade. Below are the latest versions of DirectX for the different versions of Windows.
Windows 10 = DirectX 12
Windows Vista 7, and 8 = Up to DirectX 11 (Vista released with DirectX 10)
Other Windows latest version = Up to DirectX 9.0c depending on Windows version.
The original releases of Windows 95 did not ship with DirectX but was included with Windows 95 OSR2 that had DirectX 2.0. Windows NT shipped with DirectX 2.0. Upgrading to Service Pack 3 or higher installs DirectX 3.0. However, there are no higher versions of DirectX available for Windows NT. However, installing Service Pack 4 or higher will install later versions of DirectPlay.
DirectX has been included with different releases of programs, drivers, and games. Below is a listing of each of the DirectX versions and their associated versions.
|Version Number||DirectX Version|
|4.03.00.1096||DirectX 2.0 and 2.0a|
|4.04.0068/69||DirectX 3.0 and 3.0a|
|Never Released||DirectX 4.0|
|4.05.01.1721/1998||DirectX 5.0 (Released with Windows 98)|
|6.00.6000.16386||DirectX 10 (Released with Windows Vista)|
|6.00.6001.18000||Direct X 10 under SP1 in Vista and Windows Server 2008|