DirectX 9 Beta1 released

DirectX 9 Beta1 released

Microsoft released the first beta version of DirectX 9 to selected beta testers tonight. At the moment it is still a software development kit (SDK) that contains everything you need to create DirectX9 programs.

This of course exceeds the part that is of interest to end users by a lot.

In the meantime, the first DirectX 9 beta is already being offered for download on various sites. For those of you who really want to install this first version, let me tell you that it will expire on August 20th and that you will no longer be able to run DirectX applications afterwards. The only way out is to install Beta2 or a complete Windows reinstallation.

A complete list of the new ones Features would go far beyond the scope of news, so we limit ourselves to an excerpt from the ReadMe for Beta 1:

This is the Beta 1 Release of Microsoft's DirectX 9.0 Software Development Kit (SDK). It contains all DirectX software required to create DirectX 9.0 compliant applications.

Major components include: DirectX 9.0 system components (runtimes); DirectX 9.0 Application Programming Interface (API) Documentation for each of the DirectX core areas (written for C ++, C #, or Visual Basic developers); DirectX 9.0 headers & libraries; Sample applications and source code; miscellaneous tools and utilities.

After installing, those new to DirectX should start with the DirectX 9.0 documentation. More seasoned developers may also want to view the 'WHAT'S NEW' section. Professional DirectX developers should refer to the 'KNOWN ISSUES' section prior to raising concerns.


There are many new and exciting features in all of the DirectX components. The SDK has added a new member to its core technology called Managed DirectX, DirectPlay has been ported to the PocketPC, high level shaderLanguage for D3DX, Windows XP parity on the downlevel Operating system for DirectShow and DirectAudio. DirectShow also has a new Video Mixing Renderer (VMR9) which uses D3D9 surfaces and always renders video through the 3D pipeline and new and exciting samples.