DX11-enabled DiRT 2 demo goes online

— 9:44 AM on December 1, 2009

In the past few weeks, we've seen the release of two DirectX 11 benchmarks: Heaven and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Prypiat benchmarking tool. Now comes an actual playable game demo for users of DX11 Radeons to sink their teeth into. As GamersHell reports, Codemasters has released a demo of DiRT 2, the sequel to its popular cross-platform racing game.

The demo weighs in at a hefty 1.32GB and reportedly includes two events from the full game:

In the Trailblazer event, players take on the ultimate test of rally car against the challenging Moroccan terrain on a point-to-point track filled with flat-out straights and hair-raising hairpins in the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT. In the second event, gamers compete in a Landrush race at the spectacular Ensenada Port circuit set in Baja California, where players go wheel-to-wheel in an 8-vehicle riotous race over lethal bumps and killer jumps in the heavy duty West Coast Choppers Stuka TT.

If the demo looks anything like those videos of DiRT 2's DirectX 11 effects we saw a while back, Radeon HD 5000-series card owners should enjoy a double helping of eye candy.

GamersHell says the PC version of DiRT 2 is already shipping in North America and due on December 4 in Europe. However, the U.S. listing on Valve's Steam online store also quotes a December 4 unlock date, and Amazon.com says the game isn't coming out until December 8.

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