OpenGL 4.1 Now Has More Features Than DirectX 11

Posted by at 1:47 pm on July 26, 2010

The Khronos Group today published the first specification for OpenGL 4.1 in what’s considered a coup for desktop graphics. The standard catches up to DirectX 11 in visual features and overtakes it in integration with other standards: it can now sync graphics with OpenCL to take advantage of video hardware’s general-purpose math features. Mobile app developers also now have full compatibility with OpenGL ES 2.0, theoretically letting a developer write an app for the iPhone or Android without having to change the visual effects when porting to a computer. This great news for video game fans everywhere since DirectZ 11 is tied to Windows.

Software writers also get the option of loading a program in to process shader objects sooner, 64-bit component vertex shaders, and multiple viewports for rendering to a single surface, such as a polygon. Fragment shaders support stencil values, and WebGL acceleration should work more effectively.

Developers should have access to both the OpenGL 4.1 spec and test NVIDIA drivers this week, but finished drivers for end users will come later.

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