WELL TOM NOT SURE IF YOU CAN DO THIS, BUT IF YOU COULD HAVE SOMETHING ON YOUR
WEBSITE THAT DETECTED THINGS IE DIRECTX 9 AND THINGS COMPARING IT AND OTHER
THINGS TO THE LATEST VERSIONS.
AND IF THINGS WERE OK YOU GOT SAY THE DOWNLOAD PAGE FOR THE GAMES.
IF NOT YOU WOULD BE WARNED AND EITHER BARED FROM GOING FURTHER TILL YOU HAD
THE REQUIREMENTS OR GIVEN AN OPTION TO CONTINUE.
IN BOTH CASES YOU COULD PUT LINKS TO GET THOSE.
At 01:01 a.m. 24/03/2010, you wrote:
>Well, thanks to some advice given by Davy Kager I definitely think I'm
>going to give XAudio2 a try. He's been doing some experimentation and
>development with XAudio2, and from what he said XAudio2 really has
>some outstanding features. The one issue that really grabbed my
>attention was the way XAudio2 can perform pitch changes verses the way
>it is done in DirectSound.
>For example, in DirectSound if you try to increase the pitch of a
>car's engine sound from an idle up to a very fast speed like a
>speeding car, DirectSound will eventually start to distort the sound
>of the engine which is not cool. With XAudio2 you can change the pitch
>of the engine up 10 octives very rapidly and not get a lick of
>distortion. That's pretty impressive, and would resolve an issue I'm
>having with Raceway.
>Another issue David Greenwood and I were discussing on the developers
>list is how 3d audio is rendered on Windows Vista and Windows 7 verses
>Windows XP. When you play a game like Shades of Doom on Vista, for
>example, instead of a sound coming out of your left ear it gets
>positioned at a 45 degree angle off center. This obviously screws up
>the audio environment completely, and I think is do to the fact
>Windows Vista has a totally different sound mixer than XP, and no
>longer renders 3d audio positioning the same way as earlier releases
>of Windows at least with DirectSound. Neither of us are sure, but the
>solution with this problem may depend on going with XAudio2 instead of
>using DirectSound. After all, XAudio2 was specifically designed for
>Windows Vista and later in mind, and I'm certain Microsoft would have
>noticed this problem and tried to correct it with XAudio2. If so
>XAudio2 would be the smart choice since I am running Windows 7 here,
>and all of my games that have 3d audio environments using DirectSound
>are completely screwed up and aren't rendered properly. Since 3d FPS
>games are what Genesis is designed for anything that can correctly
>render 3d audio environments on Windows Vista and Windows 7 hands down
>is the most sensable choice.
>As far as my feelings about installing dependencies goes I agree if a
>customer isn't able to install required Windows updates that is tough
>luck. However, as the developer of said game it often falls upon me,
>through technical support services, to help them perform the updates ,
>and I really would prefer not to have to hand hold new computer users
>through the installation of DirectX and other Windows components if I
>don't have to. Never-the-less as XAudio2 seams to be the better
>solution here I consider DirectX updates a necessity to take advantage
>of improved audio support. Plus as I've said before for users
>switching to Windows 7 XAudio2 could be the difference between a
>incorrectly rendered and a correctly rendered 3d audio environment
>which makes updating DirectX worth while. So thanks to some technical
>discussion on the developers list XAudio2 sounds like a better
>solution all around so far.
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