Cyberpunk 2077 Will Be A DirectX 12 Exclusive On PC

Cyberpunk 2077 Will Be A DirectX 12 Exclusive On PC

Cyberpunk 2077 is looking absolutely fantastic with graphics any game should be envious of. But if you’re looking at purchasing the game for your PC, a new interview has revealed a massive caveat for the game: it will only run on DirectX 12.

During an interview with German tech website PC Games HardwareCyberpunk 2077 lead graphics programmer Marcin Gollent confirmed the first-person RPG would run exclusively on DirectX 12. An update last year means Windows 7 users will still be able to play Cyberpunk 2077, but those running Windows 8 will not.

DirectX 12 tech allows for upper-end graphics and effects like ray tracing and ultra-realism. It also enables higher frame rates and keeps games running smoothly — but it does rely on mid-to-upper-end GPUs to function. It’s not surprising Cyberpunk 2077 would rely on this technology give how stunning the world looks so far, but it does present a challenge for those with older rigs or GPUs.

Every trailer so far has shown off the gorgeous detail, ultra-realism and flashiness of the title. As confirmed by Gollent, the game’s reliance on DirectX 12 technology is because the team wanted to push modern PC hardware to its limits. It’s also the standard tech for Xbox and supports DirectX Raytracing — a core priority for the Cyberpunk team.

According to Gollent, “Cyberpunk 2077 will work absolutely fine with all DX12-compatible GPUs.” This means if you have a DirectX 12 compatible graphics card, you’ll be fine to play the game — but those with older graphics cards may struggle.

While a complete list of graphics cards compatible with DirectX 12 is difficult to track down, there are several individual lists for AMD, Nvidia and other products to compare with.

DirectX 12 was launched in 2015 so it’s likely any mid-to-upper range laptops purchased in the last five years will have the required compatibility to run Cyberpunk 2077.

As Nvidia notes, any graphics card from a GTX 1060 to a Titan X (or equivalent) will be able to run DirectX 12. That covers basically every modern graphics card on the market.

But if you’re hanging onto a last generation GPU and you’re still keen to check out Cyberpunk 2077, now is the perfect time to make the switch. This is one game you won’t want to miss out on.


  • wow I did not realise there’s feature levels for DX12 because saying the GTX9XX line not supporting DX12 is a slightly incorrect (it does but only up to feature level 1 by the looks of things)

  • ooph, bit of a shame they didn’t go vulkan. But I understand raytracing features are still being worked on for Vulkan (inc RTX) so can’t blame them.

  • The confusing thing about this is the 9XX series having some kind of DirectX12 support however it isn’t shown as supporting DirectX12. I was hoping i’d be able to turn the graphics settings down and run it on my GTX 970 but now it seems like i’ll need a new GPU to run it as there’s not much info out there about the DirectX support the 9XX series has

    • the 9xx cards do support DX12 but it doesn’t support the features listed in link from this article ( so it’s mildly misleading

      from my brief research, there are various feature levels of DX12 because it’s designed to be run on many hardware specs . the kicker i think is if Cyberpunk will require any features of DX12 that is not supported on the 9xx line to run even at min settings

  • at this point, if your gpu does not support dx12, then its unlikely it would have enough grunt to push a playable frame rate even on the lowest of low settings in this game anyway.

  • Bit of a poor choice, Vulkan would have been a better fit as its OS agnostic. Maybe RTX doesn’t work under Vulkan atm and that is why they chose DX12? I really do not know, certainly RayTracing extensions do now exist in Vulkan but a year ago it was not the case.

    • theres hardly any games that use vulkan, its hardly a consideration. and OS agnostic? who even cares. if you are interested in games youre already on windows 10. unless you are on windows 7 or something and don your tinfoil hat every morning.

      • That’s a poor view to have. I’m talking about Linux and Playstation which all support Vulkan and allow for a easier development path then MS Walled Garden DX12. And yes Vulkan works on other windows versions.

        Also the same amount of games use vulkan as dx12, infact for a while more games used Vulkan. 85 vs 86. That is of cause EXCLUDING application uses for Vulkan, in which case DX12 looses big time!

        Many people also find the Vulkan offers a better overall experience. This was quite evident with games like RDR2.

        Ultimately, LOTS OF PEOPLE inc GAMERS care. More so then DX12!

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