Dota 2 drops support for 32-bit systems
Dota 2 will drop support for some older hardware in the coming months, including older 32-bit operating systems. As part of their announcement of the update to The International 10, Valve said they are dropping some of the older hardware Dota has supported so far. “In order to keep the game and the Source 2 engine up to date, we plan to remove support for some older systems and configurations. Nothing changes today, but in the coming months we will implement the changes. following, ”Valve said.
These changes include removing support for Dota on 32-bit systems, macOS versions below 10.14, support for DirectX 9 in favor of DirectX 11, support for OpenGL in favor of Vulkan, and XAudio support in favor of SDL Audio.
“Removing these old technologies will allow us to streamline our development efforts and use the new functionality of these APIs to deliver an even better Dota experience,” the announcement from Valve said.
That’s probably a calculated decision, given that Valve has access to a lot of information about what an average gaming platform is through the Steam Hardware Surveys. Microsoft started dropping sales of 32-bit Windows last year, although it still supports installations that have existed until now. MacOS 10.14, for comparison, released in 2018.