5 Video Games that Utilize Shader Model 3

Shader Model 3 is a program which is required in order to play some of the newest, as well as most popular games available on the market. It is built in with the DirectX 9c program, which runs on Windows XP. The age and type of graphics card hardware installed on the local system affects what version of the Shader Model is also installed. In comparison, only a few games can be played with version two.

Although versions 4 and 5 of the program are already available, only a handful of test games run with version 4, while version 5 is not required on any of the current games available. The following are some programs which use version 3.

1. Bioshock

This popular game was first released in October 2008 for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 PC and Mac OS X platforms.

2. Borderlands


Borderlands was first released in October 2009 for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms.

3. Prince of Persia 4


This remake of a classic game was first released in December 2008 for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms.

4. Section 8


The video game was first released in September 2009 for the Xbox 360 and PC platforms.

5. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas


Another popular video game, this was released in November 2006 for the Xbox 360, in December of the same year for the PC platform, and in June 2007 for the Playstation 3 platform.