Windows 11: What’s New for Gaming?

Windows 11 was announced this week and will be released during the holiday season this year. Alongside the new general features and improvements, here are a few highlights of the improvements for the gamer experience:

  • Automatic high dynamic range (HDR) processing that can be applied to over 1000 standard dynamic range (SDR) games, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and DOOM 64. HDR provides enhanced gaming experiences by expanding the range of luminosity and colors of a game’s rendering.
  • Microsoft’s DirectStorage API that “maximizes throughput and CPU performance” will be integrated into Windows 11. This allows the graphics card to pull assets, such as textures and data, it needs directly from your PC’s storage medium and bypass the processor. Long load times are reduced and game developers can focus on increasing details. This is the same technology used in their Xbox Series X/S.
  • Xbox Game Pass, their game subscription service, will be integrated with the Xbox app for Windows. Additionally, cross-play between Xbox and PC will be improved.

We will keep you posted with the latest news on what Windows 11 will bring to the table for gamers as we hear more information near its release date.

What new features and improvements would you like to see in Windows 11? Let us know in the comments below.

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Austin is the founder and owner of Game Byline, a casual gamer, and a software developer.