Eve Online: Update 20.01 Removes DirectX 9 Support

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Eve Online is 19 years old at this point and because of this, the devs have opted to remove DirectX 9 support in the game’s latest update.

A few years ago, this space-based MMORPG transitioned to using a 64-bit client so that the developers could implement new features - improving the foundation for a thriving third decade.

If you are using any recent graphics card from Nvidia or AMD, you should be good to go as they support the newest game client without problems. In fact, the client would automatically switch to DirectX 11 without user intervention.

As a result of this change, the game’s minimum system requirements have increased:

  • OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64-bit
  • CPU: Dual-core 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB or higher
  • Video: Video: AMD Radeon 5450 or NVIDIA GeForce 420 or better with at least 1024 MB VRAM


Some improvements and bug fixes have been implemented as well. You can read some of the highlights below:

  • Reworked the music in exploration sites, mostly to avoid two music tracks playing in parallel. As a side effect, some sites will now have no music at all
  • Saving shared Skill Plans creates a copy to Personal Skill Plan
User Interface
  • Filaments are now saved as part of ship fitting
  • Added a button to go directly to the fitting simulator from the Show Info window of a ship
  • Added the ability to have quick access to adjust fleet formation
  • Porpoise is now correctly applying bonus to Drone ore mining yield
  • Adjusted Mutated Drones to better utilize Orbit Velocity
  • Blue Ice belts have begun to be distributed once again
  • Enforcer and Pacifier ships are now able to display all available turrets
  • Cynosural Field generated from a Mobile Cyno Beacon has an icon
  • Adjust the size of Mining Crystal Icons to reduce overlap with module cycling time
User Interface
  • Closing the popup for adding a screenshot to a bug report will no longer send the bug report unexpectedly
  • No longer able to highlight both the 'Enjoy Playing' buttons in the ESC menu
  • Notification Feed no longer moves outside of the client border if it is active when the client window is resized
  • Access Lists window search field no longer has an unusually high character limit
  • Changed it so the "Remove" button in Sell All/Buy all windows only appears when scrolling over the item

The full patch notes can be found on the game’s official website.

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