A version of DirectX 9 download is available at Microsoft now. This new DirectX 9 version named as DirectX 9.23.1350 and will be replaced the old version DirectX 9C distribution.
As Windows user know that DirectX is the core windows display technology that written with DirectX APIs, which handles tasks related to multimedia elements such as full-color graphics, video, 3D animation, and rich audio on Windows. So, it is important always keep updating Windows DirectX.
This DirectX 9 end-user installation pack includes all the latest and previous released DirectX runtime. Some of the DirectX 9 updates includes the bi-monthly D3DX, XInput, and Managed DirectX components up to June 2008. Meanwhile, below show some major update on DirectX 9 versiob 9.23.1350
Features Updates on the latest DirectX 9 Version 9.23.1350 :
1. Significant Stability and Performance Improvements to PIX for Windows
PIX for Windows is significantly more stable, faster and easier to use. There are improvements to capture and replay, the mesh viewer, the shader debugger, pixel history, and support for DirectX features.
- Single-frame capture and full-stream capture are now more than twice as fast.
- PIX now has a unified method of handling errors that halts capture or playback as soon as an error (such as running out of memory) occurs. The error information is reported to the user and valid call information is recorded and shown whenever possible.
- The shader debugger, mesh viewer and capture infrastructure are significantly more stable across different drivers and operating systems, including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
- The shader debugger has much better handling of Direct3D 9 and Direct3D 10 multi-sampled render targets.
- Instanced draws and DrawAuto calls are now supported in the mesh viewer, shader debugger, and pixel history.
- Predicated draw calls are now respected in the mesh viewer.
- The Device, Shader Resource and Blend State views now display Direct3D 10.1-specific information when applicable.
- For Direct3D 10, swap-chain information (IDXGISwapChain) is now displayed in addition to the device information.
2. New Bitrate Options for xWMA Audio Compression
In addition to previously supported compression settings, the June release adds more and lower bitrate options to the xWMAEncoder tool, allowing users to achive better compression. The default encoder bitrate has changed from 96000 to 48000 bits per second.
3. xAPO Effects Library
This release contains a new XAudio2 effects library (XAPOFX), implemented using XAudio2’s native xAPO format for real-time DSP effects. The xapofx.lib library contains a mastering limiter, a new lightweight reverberation to complement the existing Princeton Digital Reverb, and a 4-band equalizer effect.
Before install DirectX 9 on windows, it’s recommended that turn on System Restore to create a restore point before installing because DirectX runtime cannot be uninstalled, so user only chance is to use System Restore to rollback the installation.
Two download option to download latest DirectX 9:
DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer can be downloaded from Microsoft Download Center, which requires user to pass Windows Genuine Advantage validation. Or you can direct download the web installer dxwebsetup.exe for user who having problem to validate the system.
For user who wants to install DirectX 9 offline due to do not have internet connection during installation or need to reinstall the DirectX 9.0c core runtime, download the full version DirectX End-User Runtime standalone redistributable setup installer, directx_jun2008_redist.exe.
Meanwhile, DirectX 9.23.1350 supports Windows 2000; Windows Home Server; Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista; Windows XP including Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Both 32-bit and 64-bit editions is supported. In Windows Vista, DirectX is only provided for backward compatibility purpose as it’s officially using DirectX 10.
Hope this DirectX 9 update give you better gaming experiences