The Windows 11 rollout has officially started, which means that current Windows 10 users with compatible machines will be required to update their operating system for free in the coming months. Microsoft’s posts on the new operating system claim that this is ” the best Windows ever for gaming.”
The biggest change in Windows 11 for gamers are two features initially developed for Xbox Series X / S: Auto HDR and DirectStorage. Both require certain hardware to take full advantage of the benefits, but you should be on the safe side if you already have a suitable gaming system.
As the name suggests, Auto HDR is a feature that will automatically update the game’s graphics to High Dynamic Range, with a display that supports HDR. The feature is compatible with ” over 1000 DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games “, improving the range of colors displayed and enabling higher quality contrast and brightness.
The other feature picked up by the Xbox Series X / S is DirectStorage, allowing gaming PCs to load games faster and render the kinds of extended or detailed game worlds that would usually trigger lower-spec PCs. However, the feature requires your PC to include an NVMe solid-state drive and a DirectX 12 GPU to run.
While not exactly new to Windows 11, Microsoft promises that the new iteration of Windows ” will continue to have the widest hardware support in the world, ” which includes next-generation Xbox controllers, the Xbox Adaptive Controller, and, course, a wide range of peripherals.
Xbox and Game Pass app
Microsoft continues to push its software, subscription, and streaming ambitions with Windows 11, with the Xbox app integrated as part of the regular software suite. The Xbox app includes a built-in Game Pass, giving subscribers an easy way to access their game library. To make the app more of a one-stop-shop for gamers, it will also include Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Windows 11 will automatically roll out to compatible machines in the coming months.