The key features introduced in DirectX 7.0 include:
- Increased support for hardware acceleration for transformation and lighting. This is performed by a dedicated 3D accelerator that frees up the processor for other mathematical computations.
- Support for environment mapping, which allows creation of greater detail in images and user environments.
- New algorithms for 3D sound that allow greater flexibility in hardware mixing.
- Hardware acceleration for DirectMusic on adapters that support the technology. This allows more user-created soundtracks with added depth.
- Language support for the Microsoft Visual Basic API development system, allowing developers of Visual Basic to use a familiar language in the Microsoft DirectX Software Development Kit (SDK).
Article ID: 234800 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
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