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Microsoft will reveal DirectX 12 later this month

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Microsoft has announced that it will be showing the next version of DirectX on March 20th at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The existence of DirectX 12 — the latest in a long-running line of API collections designed to enable Microsoft platforms to handle video game and multimedia tasks — was announced via a Microsoft teaser site and supported with a tweet from a dedicated DirectX 12 Twitter account.

The teaser page displays logos for AMD, Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm, suggesting the graphics and chipset manufacturers have thrown their support behind the API collection. More details will be outlined on stage at GDC 2014 in a sponsored session called "DirectX: Evolving Microsoft's Graphics Platform," presented by Microsoft's Anuj Gosalia. The preliminary notes for the session say that developers asked Microsoft for better tools to "squeeze every last drop of performance out of [their] PC, tablet, phone and console." Attendees are invited to "come learn our plans to deliver." Another session, helmed by Windows Graphic development lead Max McMullen, will center on "Direct3D Futures."

The last major version of DirectX was released with Windows 7 in October 2009. Microsoft has a history of releasing its newest versions of DirectX alongside new operating systems, and DirectX 12 is likely to come as a part of the next version of Windows. Windows 9 is expected to launch in 2015.

Update: Microsoft has teased on Twitter that DirectX 12 will work on Xbox One, and the company has updated its promo page with an Xbox One logo.