One of the most exciting new gaming features coming down to Windows 11 is DirectStorage, but Microsoft has confirmed that it will be an exclusive feature. This means that it will not be added as an update to Windows 10. Honestly, this only seems like a problem because we will have to switch to a "new" operating system even though Windows 11 is a free update of Windows 10.
DirectStorage is a feature designed to make the most of the latent power of NVMe SSDs, specifically in gaming. Not only has it been created to make compatible games load faster, but also to support the vast worlds of open games that are not usually featured in modern titles.
Power "quickly load assets to the graphics card without stopping the CPU" would mean that open world games will be rendered "at lightning speed, with no long loading times."
We’ve been very excited about DirectStorage since it was first announced for Xbox Series X / S consoles as part of the Velocity architecture, and especially when it was announced as a future feature of Windows. But while it will support PCIe 3.0 drives as well as faster PCIe 4.0 SSDs, we’re starting to see more warnings removed that will prevent people from using the feature on their gaming computers.
The first is the most obvious; you'll need to upgrade to Windows 11 if you want to get the most out of your NVMe SSD in games. The implicit exclusion in the statement that DirectStorage "will only be available with Windows 11" is that Windows 10 will not get a compatibility update.
This probably feels like a stricter barrier than it would otherwise be if we didn’t look at Microsoft representing Windows 11 as a completely new version of the operating system.
Originally, the Sun Valley update – the code name for the fall update to Windows 10 – would be the big change this year. Still, it seems like Microsoft has decided that this update is big enough to refer to it as a completely unobtrusive operating system and not just as a feature update for Windows 10.
If we were just looking at DirectStorage that requires installing the latest Windows 10 update, this totally understandable restriction wouldn’t seem like a thing, but it certainly feels different when it comes to having to switch to a standalone operating system. Needless to say, if there is enough commotion, there is a possibility that Microsoft will end up releasing a Windows 10 DirectStorage update in the future.
The other inevitable barrier is hardware. Microsoft has listed the file Minimum Windows 11 system requirements both for the software itself and for the key features it offers. When talking about DirectStorage it lists the following requirements:
"DirectStorage requires an NVMe SSD to store and run games that use the & # 39; Standard NVM Express Controller" and a DirectX12 GPU with Shader Model 6.0 support. "
There are some reports that specifically required an NVMe SSD of 1 TB or higher, but it appears to have been connected to an earlier version of the requirements, and may not be available at this time, as it appears that the list has changed to remove any mention of capabilities.
What are the system requirements for DirectStorage in Windows 11?
DirectStorage requires an NVMe SSD to store and run games that use the "Standard NVM Express Controller" and a DirectX12 GPU compatible with Shader Model 6.0.