As Nvidia kicks off its three-day-long Nvision 08 event in San Jose, California, AMD has attempted to create a little diversion. Nvidia's arch-rival says it's working with several game developers to add support for the DirectX 10.1 graphics spec in future titles. Already, AMD boasts that EA, Sega, and NHN Games all have DX10.1-capable games in the pipeline.
AMD has been supporting DirectX 10.1 in its GPUs since the launch of the Radeon HD 3000 series, but Nvidia is currently sticking with DirectX 10—even the firm's brand-new GeForce GTX 260 and 280 GPUs shun the newer spec. Nvidia has been keen to point out the lack of actual DX10.1 games to justify its decision, but AMD now has room to counter-attack.
EAs' Phenomic Studio is apparently implementing DX10.1 support in its upcoming fantasy role-playing/strategy hybrid Battleforge, while Sega will feature the technology in its military strategy title Stormrise. NHN Games will do the same with its 3D role-playing game Cloud 9. AMD claims all three studios will "exploit DirectX 10.1 for advanced gaming performance and visual realism."