Microsoft has claimed that the latest version of its Windows operating system will deliver the best gaming experience for PC players.
In a new post on the Xbox Wire blog, Xbox corporate vice president for game creator experience and ecosystem, Sarah Bond, called the upcoming OS the “best Windows ever for gaming”. The Microsoft executive cited three new features that would improve the experience for gamers: Auto HDR, DirectStorage and Xbox Game Pass for PC.
- Auto HDR automatically adds High Dynamic Range (HDR) enhancements to games built on DirectX 11 or higher that previously only leveraged Standard Dynamic Range (SDR).
- HDR allows a supported game to render a much wider range of brightness values and colors, giving an extra sense of richness and depth to the image.
- High-performance NVMe SSD and the drivers, Windows 11 can soon load new games faster by forcing the game assets to directly load into GPU instead of CPU.
The New Xbox App on Windows 11:
- Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to download from the catalog of games the service offers.
- They will also be able to stream titles via Xbox cloud gaming.
- Cross-play between consoles and PCs will also be available.
“We build Windows to be a magical place, where everyone can play, connect and create,” Bond wrote. “That’s why we’re delighted to bring you Windows 11, with superior graphics, amazing speed, and an incredible selection of games.”
Windows 11 will be released as a free upgrade for Windows 10 owners with rollout beginning by the end of 2021 and will be available at retail for stand-alone purchases starting early 2022.