Nvidia Corporation the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions announced today that the new NVIDIA® GeForce FX and NVIDIA Quadro® FX families of graphics processing units (GPUs) are the first top-to-bottom DirectX 9.0 class graphics solutions optimised for Microsoft's DirectX® 9.0 and high-level shader language (HLSL). By using DirectX 9.0 and HLSL, game developers will be able to provide a high-impact, visually stunning experience for all consumers. NVIDIA and Microsoft are enabling a new era of cinematic computing by facilitating the development of real-time photorealistic effects on the Windows-based PC.
"The combination of Microsoft's HLSL and NVIDIA's graphics processors is a superb software and hardware blend that enables any developer to efficiently create photo-realistic real-time environments," said Dean Lester, general manager of Windows Graphics and Gaming Technologies at Microsoft. "Developers will be able to take advantage of more advanced features using HLSL while developing games for the Windows gaming platform."
News source: nVIDIA Press Release