The EVE Online team has announced that they will be ending DX9 support for the title on January 11th as part of the ongoing effort to improve the foundations of the game.
DirectX 9 has served us well, but to enable a more performant and immersive experience in the future, we must say goodbye. Removing technical debt such as older graphical APIs and utilizing more modern rendering methods such as DirectX 11 gives us a better foundation to bring amazing visuals to all pilots in EVE.
Less than 1% of the EVE player base currently uses DX9 which still results in a “significant development cost”, so cutting support and moving affected users to DirectX 11 will free up resources that the team can use to ” improve the graphical fidelity of EVE Online “
The new minimum specs for EVE Online after the switch will be:
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64-bit
CPU: Dual Core @ 2.0 GHz
RAM: 4 GB or higher
Video: Video: AMD Radeon 5450 or NVIDIA GeForce 420 or better with at least 1024 MB VRAM