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Microsoft is bringing a couple of key gaming features lớn Windows 11, and a whole lot of games.

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Microsoft"s Sarah Bond explained just why Windows 11 is going to "deliver the best PC gaming experiences yet" during the "What"s Next for Windows" livestream on Thursday, và expanded on that statement in a new blog post on Xbox.com. Bond is basing her assertion on the three pillars of "superior graphics, amazing speed, and an incredible selection of games."


With AutoHDR a game doesn"t even need to have sầu built-in support for HDR to lớn improve its looks, DirectStorage is bringing modern SSD speed to lớn gaming, và with full Xbox Games Pass integration a whole world of games will be at your fingertips with Windows 11. Well, if you have a subscription anyway.

The new version of Microsoft"s flagship OS, Windows 11 will launch in time for the holidays this year. Chief hàng hóa office Panos Panoy claimed that "If you"re a game thủ, Windows 11 was made for you."

Which maybe feels a little hyperbolic to me, but we"ll let that slide. He"s enthusiastic, that"s cool.



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AutoHDR: "superior graphics"

AutoHDR was a feature that was introduced into the Windows Insider builds baông xã in March this year. Essentially it adds high dynamic range (HDR) enhancements to a standard dynamic range (SDR) game, so long as it was built using DirectX 11 or higher.


The feature allows a game to render more levels of brightness and more colours than it otherwise would, "giving an extra sense of richness & depth khổng lồ the image."

It"s something that was first introduced into lớn the Xbox Series X/S consoles and will come straight inkhổng lồ Windows 11. Bond showed the effect in play using Skyryên ổn, so potato-faced peoples can look brighter than ever.



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DirectStorage: "amazing speed"

DirectStorage is another feature introduced with the latest consoles, và leverages the power & performance of NVMe SSDs khổng lồ shunt assets directly to the GPU, side-stepping any potential CPU bottlenecks that might otherwise occur.


This will only be available on Windows 11, but it will mean game worlds can be rendered "at lightning speeds without long load times."


The Xbox blog post does also mention that ""DirectStorage Optimized" Windows 11 PCs are configured with the hardware & drivers needed lớn enable this amazing experience." That presumably will indicate that if you"re running a Windows 11 machine that doesn"t come with a performance NVMe SSD, you won"t get access to the feature.

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We know DirectStorage will work with PCIe 3.0 SSDs, however, và not just the lakiểm tra PCIe 4.0 drives.



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Xbox trò chơi Pass: "incredible selection of games"

The final piece of Bond"s puzzle is the full integration of the Xbox phầm mềm being built into lớn Windows 11, và therefore instant access to lớn the Xbox trò chơi Pass library from your PC. Should you have sầu a subscription, anyway.

With Game Pass Ultimate you also get access to lớn Xbox Cloud Gaming on your PC via your browser, so almost any Windows 11 PC will be able to play the lathử nghiệm console games.

There are other features coming to lớn Windows 11, lượt thích Android tiện ích access via the revamped Store, và a whole new UI. But it"s the gaming side that interests us most, so we"re keen lớn see how effective sầu AutoHDR và DirectStorage kết thúc up being for the PC.



Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon và Lady Bug on the Colecovision, & code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, & finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine & Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto lớn PC Formatfull-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, và T3 aước ao others. Now he"s back, writing about the nightmarish graphics thẻ market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, và SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.


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