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Microsoft’s DirectStorage Speeds Up Games Loading on Windows 10 and 11

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“Windows games can ship with DirectStorage starting today,” Microsoft said announced† DirectStorage is the tech giant’s fast game loading technology that was introduced with the Xbox Series X and S consoles. In September 2020, Microsoft announced that it will also make the DirectStorage API available on Windows, allowing games for PCs to take advantage of the technology.

DirectStorage leverages the speed of modern NVMe SSDs, which can deliver several gigabytes per second, to load games faster than before. as Microsoft explains, current storage APIs are not optimized for the data loading methods of modern games and create bottlenecks that increase loading times even for those who have an NVMe SSD. In addition, most game assets must be decompressed before being sent to the GPU for display. DirectStorage solves these problems by processing multiple I/O requests required to batch load assets and leveraging the best current (and future) decompression technologies.

Microsoft released a developer preview of the technology in mid-2021, but if The edge reports, there are no games available with DirectStorage support yet. One of the first titles to use the technology is Square Enix pronounced, which will be released in October for Windows and the PS5. Other developers may have just started integrating the technology into their games. It may be a while before more titles come with DirectStorage, especially since not everyone has upgraded to NVMe SSDs yet. However, it’s worth noting that while Windows 11 unlocks the full potential of the technology, even gamers on Windows 10 will still see some improvements while playing games that support it.

The tech giant will present an introduction to DirectStorage at GDC on March 22 and is expected to provide tips and tricks developers can use to get started. pronounced developer Luminous will be too talk about how it integrated the technology into the game at the same event.

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