PC DirectX DirectStorage Plans

A post on the DirectX Developer Blog discusses DirectStorage, a new feature coming to NVMe SSD-equipped Windows PCs to "introduce a new era of no-compromise gameplay" (thanks Simon). They explain further: "With a DirectStorage capable PC and a DirectStorage enabled game, you can look forward to vastly reduced load times and virtual worlds that are more expansive and detailed than ever." They say that they are currently working with industry partners to finish designing the API and they hope to distribute a development preview of DirectStorage to game developers next year. They offer some technical details on how this will work and the following overview:
Unfortunately, current storage APIs were not optimized for this high number of IO requests, preventing them from scaling up to these higher NVMe bandwidths creating bottlenecks that limit what games can do. Even with super-fast PC hardware and an NVMe drive, games using the existing APIs will be unable to fully saturate the IO pipeline leaving precious bandwidth on the table.

That’s where DirectStorage for PC comes in. This API is the response to an evolving storage and IO landscape in PC gaming. DirectStorage will be supported on certain systems with NVMe drives and work to bring your gaming experience to the next level. If your system doesn’t support DirectStorage, don’t fret; games will continue to work just as well as they always have.
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Sepharo wrote on Sep 2, 2020, 23:22:
Slick wrote on Sep 2, 2020, 23:08:
maddog wrote on Sep 2, 2020, 18:29:
Slick wrote on Sep 2, 2020, 16:06:
Cutter wrote on Sep 2, 2020, 15:39:
Nah, I was just thinking in terms of another 'thing' trotted out that may never really get utilized like Intel's MMX.

I remember being so hyped when I got a P1 w/ MMX back in the day. SO FUNKY!

What about the "turbo" button on my 486. Not quite sure what that thing did.

DUDE! I remember those! A friend of mine had one with a clock-like LED display that went from 33 to 66 when you hit the turbo button. Were we able to overclock 200% clock speeds with a physical button? DID THAT HAPPEN? Or am I crazy? I was pretty young at the time.

A lot of PCs had that in the Win '95 days.
A hardware switch that overclocked and increased fan speeds.

Edit: I love wikipedia, an article for seemingly everything
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbo_button

Interesting that it contradicts my memory... Says rarely used with Pentiums, but that's the only thing I ever saw them on as a kid myself. I guess I was too young for noticing the earlier usages.
Also, interesting that its actual/original purpose was to slow computers down so they could play old games... Turbo ON was the default apparently.

I actually used it a few times, when I played games that were simply running too fast because they were too old.
So it really wasnt as useless as most think.
I have given up on waiting for BIS to come back to their senses and do a real ArmA 2 successor.
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