Lost Planet DirectX 10 demo is out


— 11:11 AM on May 16, 2007

Capcom has released a demo of the upcoming PC version of its Xbox 360 third-person action game, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. The demo is available in two flavors, both of which are hosted by the folks at FileShack: one DirectX 9 version for Windows XP users and pretty much everyone else out there, and a DirectX 10 flavor for the lucky ones among us who run Windows Vista with GeForce 8 or Radeon HD graphics cards. To our knowledge, this is the first playable DirectX 10 game demo released so far. However, AMD isn't entirely thrilled with that, even though it now has a DX10 card on the market. Here's what the company had to say:

"Lost Planet" is an Nvidia-sponsored title, and one that Nvidia has had a chance to look at and optimize their drivers for. The developer has not made us aware of this new benchmark, and as such the ATI Radeon driver team has not had the opportunity explore how the benchmark uses our hardware and optimize in a similar fashion. Over the next little while AMD will be looking at this, but in the meantime, please note that whatever performance you see will not be reflective of what gamers will experience in the final build of the game.
Indeed, the folks at Legit Reviews have benchmarked the DirectX 10 demo on GeForce 8800 GTX and Radeon HD 2900 XT. Not only does the Radeon HD display rendering artifacts, but its frame rate is less than half that of the GeForce in all tests. Owners of shiny new Radeon HD cards may therefore have to bide their time until AMD releases drivers optimized for the game.
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