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DirectX 11

Gamers take note: Windows 7 includes a new version of DirectX, the software behind the eye-popping 3-D visuals and immersive sound effects found in many of today's PC games.

DirectX 11 includes numerous improvements. It's designed to be more efficient, leverage the power of today's multi-core processors, and provide support for sophisticated shading and texturing techniques such as tessellation. The result: smoother 3-D animation, and graphics more lifelike and nuanced than ever before.

To learn more, visit the Games for Windows Marketplace website.

To find out which graphics cards are compatible with DirectX 11, go to the Windows 7 Compatibility Center website.