The latest update that Blizzard rolled out for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth sports the 8.1.15 version number and it arrived in March. The update introduces lots of new content such as missions for the War Campaign that players need to complete in order to get the “Pathfinder” achievement for this expansion and to max out their reputations.
However, the new content is not the most important thing that the new 8.1.15 update introduces. The feature that makes this update stand out from the rest is the added DX12 support for players who use Windows 7.
World of Warcraft Now Supports DX12 on Windows 7
First off, we need to mention that World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth already supported the DX12 API for Windows 10. Fortunately, Blizzard has decided to give Windows 7 the same treatment. This means that World of Warcraft players who use Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system will receive more powerful DX12 performance gains on GPUs that support the API.
Microsoft Speaks Out
“After seeing such performance wins for their gamers running DirectX 12 on Windows 10, Blizzard wanted to bring wins to their gamers who remain on Windows 7, where DirectX 12 was not available,” said Microsoft in a recent blog post.
The added support for DX12 on Windows 7 is going to make World of Warcraft perform faster than usual on older PCs. This is great news for World of Warcraft players who can’t afford a high-end PC that runs on Microsoft’s latest version of Windows 10.
Matt Spooner was a reporter for Spot Next, before becoming the lead editor. Matt has over fifty bylines and has reported on countless stories concerning all things related to technology. Matt studied at Caltech.