Intel confirms no native DirectX 9 support for 13th Gen Raptor Lake, Arc, etc.
Intel has confirmed that it has discontinued native DirectX 9 or Direct3D 9 (D3DX9) on its Xe graphics architecture. However, the company has assured that games and applications based on it can still work using the D3D9On12 mapping layer.
“Xe” is the brand of graphics architecture that Intel introduced with its 11th Gen Tiger Lake chips, and it has continued to release Xe updates ever since. The upcoming Arc discrete graphics, for example, are based on the Xe HPG variant.
Here’s what the company writes on its bulletin that clarifies DirectX 9 support on existing and upcoming Intel products:
The 12th Generation Intel Processor Integrated GPU and Discrete Arc GPU no longer support D3D9 natively. DirectX 9-based applications and games can still run through the Microsoft* D3D9On12 interface.
The integrated GPU on 11th Gen and older Intel processors supports DX9 natively, but they can be combined with Arc graphics cards. If so, rendering is likely to be handled by the card and not the iGPU (unless the card is disabled). So the system will use DX9On12 instead of DX9.
While Intel doesn’t explicitly state that its upcoming 13th Gen Raptor Lake graphics won’t natively support DX9, the scenario seems fairly certain, as Raptor Lake is also expected to be based on the Xe LP architecture. Meanwhile, the 14th generation Meteor Lake family would feature a new Xe LPG design.