Star Citizen drops support for Windows 7 and older GPUs

Developers from Star Citizen CIG (Cloud Imperium Games) have officially discontinued support for Windows 7 and older GPUs than Nvidia’s GTX 700 with its Alpha 3.17 release, which now requires DirectX 11.1 to work. An API change was necessary as the massive game studio continued to port Star Citizen to the new Gen12 rendering engine and eventually to the Vulkan API.

Star Citizen has been in development for a very long time – in fact, the 700 series was launched when CIG first introduced a playable part of the game known as the Hangar Module in 2013. Since that time, the scope of the Star Citizen project has increased significantly, and as a result, it has been The changes made to his engine are extensive. To the point where CIG’s Star Citizen community started calling it the “Star Engine,” due to the huge amount of features that have been added to the engine.

The new Gen12 viewer and why Windows 7 support is discontinued with Alpha 3.17

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