BioWare’s Upcoming Dragon Age II is DirectX 11.
You heard it right, Sequel to Bioware's Highly Successful Dragon Age will be using DirectX 11 features. The recently revealed PC system requirements of Dragon Age II revealed that the game will be using DirectX 11 features. The DirectX 11 features will include both tessellation and compute shader support for "specific applications" in-game. This means better visuals other the previous game without sacrificing performance if the developers do it right.
The Lead Graphics Programmer Andreas Papathanasis has said that most part of the game may not be tessellated as the base mesh density is high to begin with but other features would help in improving the Terrain Quality which will look noticeably better. This means that the console part of the game would be a bit downgraded as it doesn't support DX11.
Other then that, Papathanasis also said that the Graphics/Quality settings can be easily configured and even if you have a old rig, you can change the settings to which suit you most. Note that the game will also use DX10 and DX9, so if you got a older DX10 card than the effects will almost be the same as DX11 except the high end one's such as tessellation. This news also hint's that Bioware's upcoming Mass Effect 3 could also use DirectX 11 features, The game is to be released later this year along with a new DLC content for Mass Effect 2.
System Requirements of Dragon Age II are posted below:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz Processor or equivalent
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 Triple core 2.8 GHz or equivalent
RAM: 2GB (4 GB Vista and Windows 7)
Video: ATI 3850 512 MB or greater
Video: NVIDIA 8800GTS 512 MB or greater
DirectX 11: ATI 5850 or greater
DirectX 11: NVIDIA 460 or greater
OS: Windows XP with SP3
OS: Windows Vista with SP2
OS: Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo (or equivalent) running at 1.8 GHz or greater
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 (or equivalent) running at 1.8 GHz or greater
RAM: 1 GB (1.5 GB Vista and Windows 7)
Video: Radeon HD 2600 Pro 256 MB
Video: NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS 256 MB cards
Disc Drive: DVD ROM drive required
Hard Drive: 7 GB
Sound: Direct X 9.0c Compatible Sound Card Windows Experience Index: 4.5