Microsoft finally did it; after 6 years, the tech giant unveiled the next-gen Windows 11. While Microsoft revealed many new features in the upcoming Windows 11, let’s talk about what’s in it for the PC gaming community. To be precise, Windows 11 will be borrowing some features from Xbox consoles, like Direct storage API, auto HDR, and Xbox Game Pass.
Corporate VP of Xbox, Sara Bond, took the stage to unveil how the next generation of windows will improve upon gaming on PC. Bond goes on to claim, “with superior graphics, amazing speeds, and an incredible selection of games; Windows 11 delivers the best PC gaming experiences yet.”
Gaming on Windows 11 will look more pleasing to the eyes, thanks to auto HDR, meaning better in-game lighting and colors. The feature will come embedded in Windows 11 and won’t require any update either from the developers or the player’s end. At launch, auto HDR on Windows 11 will support over 1000 games like Rocket League, DayZ, and Skyrim.
Moreover, the Direct Storage API that debuted on the Xbox series S/X will be onboard Windows 11. The Direct Storage API will contribute towards faster loading time. And lastly, with the addition of Xbox Game Pass into Windows 11, it seems like Microsoft is going all out to make gaming seamless on all its platforms.
For the uninitiated, Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s gaming subscription service that runs on Xbox consoles and Windows; think of it as Netflix, but for gamers. And while we’re at it, you don’t want to miss out on Xbox Game Pass. However, there aren’t any changes to the Xbox game bar and Windows game mode, both of which look similar to what they’re on Windows 10.
While Windows 11 will be a free update, unfortunately, Windows 11 will not be releasing anytime soon. However, we expect the upgrade to roll out sometime in early 2022.