Intel turns to Microsoft to address support for older DX9 games with its Arc GPUs

Intel turns to Microsoft to address support for older DX9 games with its Arc GPUs

Intel has officially removed native DX9 support from its Arc and 12th Gen graphics hardware. Now you might be wondering where that leaves older games in your library that still use the old API. There is nothing to fear, Intel is not doing away with DX9 support entirely, rather it is differentiating bug testing and support for Microsoft and its D3D9On12 emulation layer.

Intel is ditching its native DX9 driver and will fall back on Microsoft’s D3D9On12 (opens in a new tab) mapping layer when needed. This layer essentially takes the DX9 commands and translates them into DX12 commands, thereby eliminating a large number of driver optimizations that Intel would have needed to build itself.

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