The AMD GPU on The Xbox Series X, Microsoft’s next-generation console, will be fully DX12_2 features. On his personal Twitter account, Jason Ronald, project manager for the Xbox team, was asked if the Xbox Series X supported the new technology. That’s because there was DX12_2 XSX host on the developer blog that had previously been published.
Jason replied that Xbox Series X already supports all DX12_2 hardware features. This means that XSX is better compatible with the DX12 PC API and has the potential for further improvements in technologies such as light chase, mesh coloring, and variable rate coloring (VRS).
Microsoft unveiled the DX12 Ultimate, an upgraded version of the DX12, in March, which features four major features: DirectX Raytracing 1.1, variable rate coloring, mesh coloring, and sampler feedback. The DX12 greatly reduces the consumption of complex graphics on graphics computing resources and greatly improves the gaming experience. Late last month, Microsoft announced the introduction of The DirectX 12, adding four of these features, as well as a number of other small features, and a larger update to the D3D12.
Now that a number of new features have been added to the new 12-2, see the figure below for a complete list:
You can see that the D3D12 Feature Level 12_2 adds a need for features such as Shader Model, resource binding, and conservative grating in addition to the four large features mentioned at the beginning of the article, which officially describes as “huge jump.” So it’s not that a graphics card that supports DirectX 12 Ultimate necessarily supports it, directX 12 Ultimate is only a subset of TheFeature Level 12_2.
There are already some GPU support to Feature Level 12-2, mainly based on NVIDIA Turing architecture products, including the RTX 20 Series and quadro RTX series, future support for Feature Level 12-2 GPUs with AMD’s RDNA 2 and Intel’s standalien graphics products, NVIDIA’s Ampere graphics card will naturally inherit support for it, and Microsoft also said they are working with Qualcomm, Let the SnapDragon platform support 12-2. For hardware to support 12-2, you also need graphics drivers.
Windows 10 itself won’t support It until Build 20170, which means it won’t be used until at least next year.