Recently, Microsoft made Windows 11 official in a livestream, revealing that the new OS will arrive sometime during Fall 2021 and will be offered as a free upgrade to existing Windows 10 users. Featuring significant performance enhancements for general computing, a snazzy new look, and more, Windows 11 is exciting for all PC users — including PC gamers that want to elevate their gaming experience to the next level. Here’s a look at three features coming to Windows 11 that PC gamers should be excited about.
Auto HDR will significantly enhance visuals
Source: Windows Central DirectX 11 games like A Plague Tale: Innocence will be enhanced by Auto HDR.
Microsoft originally debuted this feature with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, so it’s awesome to finally see it arrive on PC with Windows 11. It will be fun to see how much better SDR games built on DirectX 11 or higher will look with Auto HDR, and I’m excited to test the feature out later this year.
DirectStorage will load games faster than ever
Source: Matt Brown | Windows Central DirectStorage is finally making its way from Xbox Series X|S to PC with Windows 11.
To take advantage of Windows 11’s support for DirectStorage, Microsoft says you’ll need “a high performance NVMe SSD and the proper drivers.” We’ll have to wait until Windows 11 arrives before we can get the drivers, but check out our roundup of the best SSDs for some awesome NVMe drives you can get now in order to prepare for the arrival of DirectStorage.
Easier access to the Xbox ecosystem is coming
It’s true that easier access to things like Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming won’t benefit every type of PC gamer, but more options are never a bad thing. And when you consider how much excellence there is throughout the Xbox ecosystem, I think it’s awesome that Microsoft is making sure PC players can be a part of the fun.
What do you think of Windows 11’s PC gaming-focused features and improvements? Let me know in the comments. For more on Windows 11, check out why Satya Nadella wants Windows 11 to be the center of an open tech ecosystem. Also, make sure to give Xbox Game Pass Ultimate a look, as it offers a ton of value for an affordable monthly subscription.
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