Windows 11 borrows Xbox Series X/S-like fast loading speeds for PC gamers

Windows 11 is now available, and there are many new features to look forward to. With Windows 11, PC gaming received a significant boost among a slew of productivity tools. The main highlights are the Xbox Game Pass app integrated into the system and Microsoft’s efforts to bring more games to PC gamers. Windows 11, on the other hand, has cleverly borrowed some clever bits from the Xbox consoles. Sarah Bond, CVP of Xbox, revealed during the Windows 11 presentation that Windows 11 has borrowed some technology from the Xbox Series X/S that allows it to improve game loading times. It’s called DirectStorage technology, and it’s borrowed from the latest Xbox consoles.

Windows 11 borrows Xbox Series

The DirectStorage technology is based on the Xbox Velocity Architecture, which intelligently allocates certain game assets to the GPU. According to Microsoft, when you load a game that supports this technology, you will notice faster loading times of the most detailed maps in any game. In fact, Microsoft claims that players can expect “lightning fast” gameplay.

Windows 11 borrows Xbox Series

However, DirectStorage technology will not be available to existing PCs on the day Windows 11 is released. Microsoft has stated that your PC will require appropriate hardware and drivers to support the technology. According to the official blog, ““DirectStorage Optimized” Windows 11 PCs are configured with the hardware and drivers required to enable this amazing experience.”

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DirectStorage in Windows 11 improves game loading times

The DirectStorage technology is based on the Xbox Velocity Architecture, which intelligently allocates certain game assets to the GPU. According to Microsoft, when you load a game that supports this technology, you will notice faster loading times of the most detailed maps in any game. In fact, Microsoft claims that players can expect “lightning fast” loading speeds; a claim that is awaiting confirmation from game developers.

Windows 11 borrows Xbox Series-3

Microsoft does mention that high-performance NVMe SSD storage on PCs, among other things, is required as part of this special hardware. As a result, gamers who want to take advantage of this technology may have to wait months before such hardware is released. Microsoft does not specify whether or not games must be optimised for DirectStorage. It is also unclear whether this technology will be limited to downloaded games. We’ve seen these technologies in action on the Xbox Series X, and as a gamer, I’m looking forward to seeing how much of an improvement this brings to PC gaming. To improve the playing experience, Windows 11 will render older DirectX 11 games in HDR rather than SDR. As a result, players can expect a “much wider range of brightness values and colours, giving the I a greater sense of richness and depth.”