Anyone who has played any sort of game on a Windows-based PC knows the term “DirectX“. Anyone who has played a lot of games on a Windows-based PC will most likely simultaneously cringe and twitch at the sound of that dreaded word. Microsoft has announced that DirectX is going to be replaced with its new version of Windows, currently codenamed Longhorn.

DirectX is going to be replaced by something that Microsoft is calling a Common Shader Core. This will undoubtedly be jazzed up upon release to something like XtremeVXG.

Being that DirectX is beginning to show its age, this switch should come as something as a relief to PC gamers. However, as with all Microsoft software, you can be reasonably certain that this new system will bring with it a whole new set of problems for you to work out when installing a game.

Hooray for innovation!