This technology is already present in Xbox Series X and S, and it accelerates the transfer of data from memory to GPU.
Microsoft introduced Windows 11 a few weeks ago as the new version of its popular operating system, which will arrive at the end of the year with an eye toward PC gamers. Why do we say this? Windows 11 promised three key novelties in the realm of gaming for PC users: integration of Xbox Game Pass and xCloud as part of the system, the implementation of Auto HDR in games and the use of DirectStorage technology. In fact, their ad claimed that DirectStorage it would be an exclusive novelty of Windows 11. Well, it turns out that it is not.
DirectStorage will also be available on Windows 10. In a new entry of the Microsoft blog, the brand’s team now explains that the DirectStorage SDK will be compatible with Windows 10 from version 1909. In other words, PC games will be able to take advantage of this technology also in the current version of the operating system, without having to make the leap. “Microsoft is committed to ensuring that when game developers adopt a new API, they can reach as many players as possible“, they affirm.
DirectStorage was introduced with the new Xbox Series X | SThis news is more striking because the vice president of Xbox, Sarah bond, stated in another blog From Microsoft for a month that DirectStorage “will only be available with Windows 11.” For those unfamiliar with this technology introduced with Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, DirectStorage speeds up load times by allowing the system to load resources. from an NVMe SSD to the GPU without going through the CPU.
Coupled with higher bandwidth and better compression techniques, this allows games to load faster your data, simply put. While DirectStorage will also be available on Windows 10, Microsoft clarifies that the technology It will only be squeezed to the fullest on Windows 11 PCs, due to how the new operating system will manage storage devices.
Windows 11 will be available for free later this year, although members of the “Insiders” program can participate now in the system testing phase. For its part, Xbox continues to work on its catalog for the remainder of the year, and in this video they review the 6 great games that will come to Game Pass in the coming months.
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