Microsoft outlines Windows 11 PC gaming improvements

Microsoft outlines Windows 11 PC gaming improvements

Xbox giant Microsoft has laid out how its PC gaming experience is going to improve with its new Windows 11 operating system.

In a post on Xbox Wire, CVP of game creator experience and ecosystem Sarah Bond said that titles will see a visual improvement thanks to the introduction of Auto HDR, which adds high dynamic range to games built on DirectX 11 or higher. This was something it previously introduced with its new Xbox Series X and S machines.

Microsoft has also come up with a faster way of loading games called DirectStorage, a feature that allows people to boot up software more quickly, provided they have an NVMe SSD and the correct drivers. This will load up assets to the graphics card rather than the CPU.

Finally, the Xbox app is actually built into Windows 11, giving players access to Game Pass from the start.

Windows 11 is set to launch in the winter of 2021 and is going to be a free upgrade for those who already have Windows 10.

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