I wish I could tell you that there was some kind of surprise announcement at the Windows Vista launch party tonight. But everything unfolded exactly as expected, like a PowerPoint presentation in the flesh. And everyone walked away with this large bag o' schwag, which was one of the main topics of conversation.
Thanks for poindextering my comment with such insight. No, dx10 isnt required, but MS is touting game performance in their main pitch, and dx10 is really the foundation of that calim. My point was that for vista to be upgrade material for me, I'm going to need to have the hardware to take full advantage of it. My x6800 is a fine, but my motherboard and gfx card (7950GX2, dx9) are both suboptimal for the most attractive Vista features, and they are many. If I really wanted to bash I'd cite performance hits (see THG's rundown) and the general filigreed nature of vista's lures. I work on a Mac and but buy PC's with my own money, so my opinion is empirical in nature. Thanks for the super advice on how not to look like a n00b.