Microsoft DirectX 9.0

Basic Concepts in DirectPlay

The Microsoft?DirectPlay?API provides developers with the tools to develop multiplayer applications such as games or chat clients. For simplicity, this documentation will refer to all such applications as "games". A multiplayer application has two basic characteristics:

DirectPlay provides a layer that largely isolates your application from the underlying network. For most purposes, your application can just use the DirectPlay API, and enable DirectPlay to handle the details of network communication. DirectPlay provides many features that simplify the process of implementing many aspects of a multiplayer application, including:

The following documentation provides a high-level overview of the capabilities of DirectPlay.

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