AMD has now issued an official statement on comments made earlier this month by its Chief Gaming Scientist Richard Huddy, saying that he was "speculating" when he stated that Windows 7 will not support Microsoft's upcoming DirectX 12 graphics API.
Huddy made those comments during a presentation at the PDXLAN gaming event. He stated at the time, "One thing that's not going to happen to it is DX12. Yup, DX12 is not coming to Windows 7." Now AMD has sent GameSpot the following statement:
"There have been reports based on a video of Richard Huddy of AMD making speculative comments around DirectX 12 support on versions of Windows. Richard Huddy does not speak for Microsoft, and he was unfortunately speculating from Microsoft's publication of key dates and milestones for Windows 7 lifecycle and mainstream support policy. Richard has no special insight into Microsoft's Windows or DirectX roadmaps. Microsoft is a key, strategic partner for AMD and we're continuously collaborating with them on DirectX 12."
Microsoft has confirmed that DirectX 12 will be released alongside Windows 10 sometime in 2015. While AMD may indeed be correct that Huddy was speculating, Microsoft may still decide not to support Windows 7 with regards to DirectX 12. Do you believe Microsoft should bypass Windows 7 for their next graphics API?