Windows games will load faster thanks to DirectStorage

Quick Resume is one of the best features of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, as it allows you to quickly go from seven active games to more. Not even the PS5 has this feature. PC gamers will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of Quick Resume now that Microsoft is making its DirectStorage API available to Windows game developers.

DirectStorage speeds up load times on a PC by streaming large amounts of data from NVMe SSDs directly to a PC’s GPU, skipping the CPU and saving time. Microsoft suggests gamers update to Windows 11 to take full advantage of DirectStorage, as it has the latest storage optimization tools. However, those using Windows 10 can still enjoy the benefits of DirectStorage.

Microsoft claims that installing games on an NVMe SSD will help you get the most out of DirectStorage. But even if you have an old-school spinning hard drive, you can see some benefits.

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DirectStorage will use its NVMe SSD to increase game load times. (Image credit: Sabrent)

Now that Microsoft is distributing the API to developers, we just have to wait for developers to announce which games will support DirectStorage. This is speculation on our part, but it’s safe to assume that big Microsoft titles like Halo Infinite, Gears of War 5, Forza Horizon 5, and other Xbox exclusives will be getting DirectStorage in the near future. Of course, third-party Windows developers can also take advantage of the API.

Recently, Microsoft announced that it is bringing HDR Calibration to Windows, which is another feature borrowed from the Xbox Series X. The Windows HDR Calibration app lets you improve color accuracy and consistency on HDR displays. . Additionally, Microsoft is making optimizations for windowed games to allow them to support Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). These optimizations will improve the latency of older games running in Windows mode.

Microsoft has bragged about the gaming capabilities of Windows 11, so it’s good to see the company slowly delivering on its promises. It might take a little while to see Windows games that take advantage of DirectStorage, but it’s exciting to know that PC gamers will be able to take advantage of one of Xbox’s best features.

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