DirectX 11 Support for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

If you are an avid gamer you might already know the importance of DirectX. With every new version of Windows Microsoft tends to release a newer version of DirectX. For example Windows XP had DirectX 9, came out with DirectX 10 and now has DirectX 11.

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Though there was no official support for DirectX 10 on Windows XP, you could still download and install DirectX 10 on XP, but that is going to change with Windows 7. Microsoft is planning to backport features from Windows 7 to Windows Vista.

One of the features they are planning to backport is to allow Windows Vista users to download and install DirectX 11. Windows Vista users with service pack 2 installed will be able to use the superior features in DirectX 11 for graphics and gaming.

Microsoft is planning to release this update as a Platform update which will be available through Windows Update.

There are no direct downloads available right now so you will have to wait till Microsoft officially makes them available, we will update the post with download links whenever we come across them.

[via Softpedia]

PSP Firmware Update v6.00

OK, before you guys jump to a hotspot and try and update your precious Sony PlayStation Psony-psp-3000ortable, let me tell you that the PSP Firmware Update v6.00 is NOT a major update. Yes, Sony has done it again by having a new PSP firmware with alarmingly minor [visible] updates and labeled it with something cool a new number! (The last major update was 5.51) The list of new features are listed below from the PlayStation Blog, and IGN’s post and as such are nothing to go gaga over.

  • For those of you looking to customize your XMB (XrossMediaBar), a few new colors will be added under the Theme Settings. These new theme colors can be used on PSP models 2000 or after (PSP-2000, 3000 and N1000).
  • A security patch has been added.
  • [Network Update] has been renamed as [System Update].

The security patch is definitely the most obvious thing to look out for because it might deter or slow the usual slew of hackers from hacking this system. (But with most of them content with the old firmware, I hardly expect much work to go on with this new firmware)

IGN reports that with this new update downloaded games can be grouped in folders, based on their expiry date. (Only. No custom folders, unfortunately) This hints at gaming rental system of the PlayStation Network. It also says that the preview icons have become smaller, which is not good. Let’s just hope Sony does something good with its next FW upgrade (as we have been saying for ages now). Again, QJ.net says that MediaGo! playlists can be imported to the Music folder of the PSP (Unconfirmed). I hope the last one is true, at least, for I have a cartload of mood-centric playlists sitting idle without a real “playlist” on the PSP.

Game Booster – Extract That Extra FPS.

Many people here who own a slightly outdated rig definitely crib how the latest games lag on their PC. People who know overclocking, overclock their CPU’s and GPU so as to extract the maximum potential out of their PC components but still for people who want to squeeze out the maximum performance possible I would suggest you people to try out Game Booster. Game Booster is basically a software which disables all the useless services which your PC will not use while you game. Game Booster works both under Windows XP and Windows Vista. Game Booster weighs in at only 821KB which is a boon for dial-up users and is also a Freeware.

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As you can see from the above screenshot Game Booster shows you the name of the services which its going to disable and even shows the current status of that service. The best part which I really liked about this software was the Switch to Gaming Mode!” option. When you click on it, all the useless services are disabled and the Switch to Gaming Mode!option changes to Switch Off Gaming Mode!which basically means once you have played the game you want to you can restore all the irrelevant services back to their original state. Talking about the performance of this software from my personal point of view, I would say that this software is useful for older PC’s but the impact it has on the gaming performance on newer Computer’s is negligible. Still I will say there is no harm in trying out this software, go download Game Booster from here.