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Retiring some older WinXP support in 2018

Discussion in 'News' started by Adam, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Adam

    Adam Developer Staff Member Moderator

    Hi everyone,

    We will be retiring support for some Windows XP and graphics card combinations early next year. This typically only affects low/mid-range computers more than 10 years old.

    Why are we doing this? We're not, but Unity have announced they'll be dropping support for DirectX 9 at the very end of this year with the 2017.3 release, and we'll be updating to that version sometime in Q1 2018. This means some old computers that do not update or have proper device driver, will have trouble running Sinespace after that date.

    Can I still run Sinespace in Windows XP? We will be supporting OpenGL in this release, so most older Windows XP machines will still be able to access sinespace - especially if you have a discrete GPU.

    What can I do if I'm still running Windows XP?
    1) Update to Windows 7, 8 or 10; which support DirectX 10 (or higher). Space will continue to use DirectX and work as you expect in these operating systems.

    2) Update your graphics card drivers to the latest available version to get OpenGL 3 support. The following old cards will continue to be supported:
    • GeForce 8000 series or higher released in November 2006 (any using the more modern naming scheme with 3 digits is also fine)
    • ATI/AMD cards newer than the Radeon HD 2000 (released in 2007)
    • Any sixth generation Intel chipset (generation four and above will work in Windows 7 or newer)
    Final Notes
    Please note, this is a little while off before the update will occur - and most will be avoidable with a update to a slightly newer version of Windows. Blizzard and several other large MMO publishers have already dropped support for Windows XP at the start of this year. Unity are doing this to be able to continue releasing newer, more modern features without large maintenance overheads, and we do want to continue to be able to take advantage of those.
     

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