Microsoft’s performance-boosting DirectStorage API has to this point been unique to its Xbox Series X console, however when it launches on Windows 10 within the close to future, you gained’t essentially want essentially the most up to date PC on the earth to benefit from the expertise.
While Microsoft had so much to say throughout its presentation, it was notably vocal within the chat, as Redditor Nepbb factors out that an worker confirms the feature will even support final technology PCIe 3.zero NVMe SSDs. You gained’t want the best graphics card both, with support for all DirectX 12-capable GPUs, from Nvidia’s GTX 600 sequence onwards to AMD’s Radeon HD 7000 and up. SATA SSD customers are left empty-handed, nonetheless. The purpose of DirectStorage is to cut back CPU overhead for I/O operations for loading into recreation worlds when saved on an NVMe drive, releasing up the CPU for different duties, which may additionally assist boost fps on lower-end methods.
Games have to be developed to benefit from the tech, however supported future titles may see huge enhancements in recreation loading occasions as they take full benefit of super-fast NVMe SSDs. It appears prefer it’ll solely be latest video games constructed round DirectX 12 that may benefit from the feature, nonetheless.
The Redditor goes on to declare there will be a restricted developer preview of the API on PCs this summer time, and we may see the feature bundled with the Windows 10 21H2 replace, which arrives within the second half of this yr.
Still, it gained’t be till its official launch that we will get a good suggestion of what the DirectStorage API is actually able to within the newest video games.