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Windows 11 gets DirectStorage feature for faster game load times

Windows 11 gets DirectStorage support for faster game load times.

  • DirectStorage is now available on Windows 11.
  • The feature makes games assets load faster on computers.
  • Currently, there are no games that can take advantage of DirectStorage.

Microsoft finally delivers the DirectStorage feature for Windows 11. DirectStoratge is a new technology that allows games assets to load faster from NVMe drives to the graphics card without bugging down the processor for decompression.

According to the company, DirectStorage is available now as an Application Programming Interface (API) through the public Software Development Kit (SDK) to begin “a new era of fast load times and detailed worlds in PC games by allowing developers to more fully utilize the speed of the latest storage devices.”

In addition, the feature is not only compatible with Windows 11, but Microsoft is also bringing the support to Windows 10 users.

Although this is an excellent feature to improve the gaming experience on PC, it’s up to developers to implement this technology into their games. And at the time of this writing, there are no games that can take advantage of DirectStorage.

If the time comes new or existing games get support for DirectStorage, you do not need to enable the feature manually. As long as the device has the required hardware, the game will automatically take advantage of the feature.

The feature isn’t entirely new. DirectStorage is part of DirectX 12 available on Xbox Series X and S consoles that improves the gaming loading times on Solid-State Drives (SSDs) using the graphics card’s power instead of the processor. However, now this technology is available on Windows 11 as well as on Windows 10.

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