Microsoft Releases Windows 11, "Built for Gaming"

Xbox Wire announces the release of Windows 11, saying the new version of its operating system is "built for gaming." Here's how they justify that claim:
The big day is finally here: Windows 11 has begun rolling out to users around the world. A brand-new Windows experience, Windows 11 is available through a free upgrade on eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase. Thanks to its superior graphics and amazing speed, games on Windows 11 can look and play better than ever before.

Windows 11 was made for gaming, with innovative new features that can take your PC gaming experience to the next level. If you have an HDR capable display, Windows 11’s Auto HDR feature will automatically upgrade over 1000 DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games to High Dynamic Range, rendering a much wider range of colors and brightness.

Windows 11 also includes support for DirectStorage, a feature that was first introduced on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. When paired with an NVMe solid state drive and DirectX 12 GPU, games that implement DirectStorage can benefit from reduced load times and render more detailed and expansive game worlds.

Windows 11 also has the Xbox app built right in, allowing you to browse, download, and play over 100 high-quality PC games with Game Pass for PC (membership sold separately). The timing couldn’t be better, as October kicks off the three biggest months in Xbox history, with incredible game launches including Age of Empires IV on October 28, Forza Horizon 5 on November 9, and Halo Infinite on December 8. Each of these games will be available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC members on day one. Finally, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can also play more than 100 Xbox console games on their PC without having to wait for a download, thanks to the power of Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) with the Xbox app.
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Oct 6, 2021, 03:06
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Oct 6, 2021, 03:06
 
Quinn wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 12:21:
Installed it today. Looks very slick and Mac-like but that's actually a good thing now that I experience it firsthand. It's very responsive and intuitive. No idea why people complain so goddamn much all the fucking time. It takes quiet contemplation and a few days offline to remember complaining about every fucking little thing actually isn't the human default.
This. What I would say is that it's worth leaving the start menu in the default centre location. It takes a bit to get used to but after trying it out for a while I definitely prefer it.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
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Oct 5, 2021, 14:03
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Oct 5, 2021, 14:03
 
Yes installed it last night took 5 min. Running great so far no issues at all.
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Oct 5, 2021, 12:21
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Oct 5, 2021, 12:21
 
Installed it today. Looks very slick and Mac-like but that's actually a good thing now that I experience it firsthand. It's very responsive and intuitive. No idea why people complain so goddamn much all the fucking time. It takes quiet contemplation and a few days offline to remember complaining about every fucking little thing actually isn't the human default.
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Oct 5, 2021, 11:35
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Oct 5, 2021, 11:35
 
WaltSee wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 10:28:
The Relentless wrote on Oct 4, 2021, 20:10:
I've been using Windows 11 for the past 3 or 4 months. It is really VERY similar to 10. I don't have any issues using it for games. I'm not a power gamer trying to eek out every last FPS, but with my i9 9900, GeForce 2080, it plays just fine.

My experience, too--exactly. Runs my 30-year-old 16-bit games without any trouble at all, and of course I've seen no problems with the latest games. It's amusing to hear people complain...;) I'm on build 22468.1000--which you probably are, too, if you're in the Insiders group--it's way ahead of the build released to the masses today. Microsoft only bumped it to "11" because of raising the security baseline requirements just a wee bit. Complaints about that are also amusing, as I've been running the exact same requirements under Win10 for two years now. Only difference is that 11 requires them whereas 10 did not, but fully supported all of them. Upgrading on top of my previous Win10 installation was a snap.
I agree that some of the complaints are hyperbolic, but to say 30 year old games work fine is just a lie. That goes back to DOS era which requires emulation to play on modern systems... that has nothing to do with your operating system. Most 1997-2009 games will not work reliably and likely crash your machine simply due to display driver resolution issues. Progress is more important than backwards compatibility, but you are completely off with your comments and "bumping to 11" is hardly just a security update.
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Oct 5, 2021, 11:14
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Oct 5, 2021, 11:14
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Abide wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 11:11:
Communist trojan horse disguised as a classic capitalist pusher agenda.

I... uh... I... uhm... WHAT?!

Hm... Where is my tinfoil?
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Communist trojan horse disguised as a classic capitalist pusher agenda.
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Oct 5, 2021, 11:07
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Every Microsoft Windows release is "built for gaming." Yet when people run benchmarks comparing the old to the new it makes no difference and it usually within the margin of error. Microsoft knows that gamers tend to be the early adopters so they make feel good statements to entice gamers to upgrade promising some benefits. I remember when Microsoft said Windows 10 was the last Windows OS. And here we are with Windows 11. I have to see some tangible benefits or you have to stop supporting Windows 10 to get my upgrade.

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Oct 5, 2021, 10:28
 
The Relentless wrote on Oct 4, 2021, 20:10:
I've been using Windows 11 for the past 3 or 4 months. It is really VERY similar to 10. I don't have any issues using it for games. I'm not a power gamer trying to eek out every last FPS, but with my i9 9900, GeForce 2080, it plays just fine.

My experience, too--exactly. Runs my 30-year-old 16-bit games without any trouble at all, and of course I've seen no problems with the latest games. It's amusing to hear people complain...;) I'm on build 22468.1000--which you probably are, too, if you're in the Insiders group--it's way ahead of the build released to the masses today. Microsoft only bumped it to "11" because of raising the security baseline requirements just a wee bit. Complaints about that are also amusing, as I've been running the exact same requirements under Win10 for two years now. Only difference is that 11 requires them whereas 10 did not, but fully supported all of them. Upgrading on top of my previous Win10 installation was a snap.
It is well known that I cannot err--and so, if you should happen across an error in anything I have written you can be absolutely sure that *I* did not write it!...;)
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Oct 5, 2021, 10:06
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 El Pit
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 09:36:
El Pit wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 08:23:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 04:00:
El Pit wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 02:27:
Kin*** wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 01:46:
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This is not your regular site full of morons. Go away with your lousy phishing and virus website.

Just a PSA: Don't reply to them with quote feature or you literally propagate their post in your quote... forcing me to manually change my quote .... forcing a moderator to manually change YOUR quote and so on.

Just report and move on
Nobody edited my quote. I am smart enough to NOT use their links and had already changeed the link when I wrote my post. You did not really expect me to quote the link of the phishing tool, did you.

Well your url was funny But you can't expect moderators to always be that attentive.
Always trust the mods. Always.
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BIGtrouble77 wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 08:26:
Not exactly the answer you want, but I've had a resurgence playing old 9x/XP era games via Lutris in Linux. None of these game work in win10, yet everything I've tried so far has worked beautifully (on my 4k monitor). You can manually set the desktop size and run those old games in window mode, so stuff that's 4:3 640x480 and up works fine with no stretching or crashing.
Awesome, thanks for that tip!
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RedEye9 wrote on Oct 4, 2021, 22:46:
Oh joy
https://www.pcgamer.com/windows-11-pcs-can-hobble-gaming-performance/

"And if you're upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11 then you don't have to worry about VBS being enabled, unless you were already running an enterprise version of the older OS, that is. The issue comes if you're receiving a machine which has had an OEM build of Windows 11 installed on it."

In the latter case, you can turn off VBS by going to Settings and searching for "Core isolation", turn off "Memory integrity" and rebooting
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El Pit wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 08:23:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 04:00:
El Pit wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 02:27:
Kin*** wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 01:46:
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This is not your regular site full of morons. Go away with your lousy phishing and virus website.

Just a PSA: Don't reply to them with quote feature or you literally propagate their post in your quote... forcing me to manually change my quote .... forcing a moderator to manually change YOUR quote and so on.

Just report and move on
Nobody edited my quote. I am smart enough to NOT use their links and had already changeed the link when I wrote my post. You did not really expect me to quote the link of the phishing tool, did you.

Well your url was funny But you can't expect moderators to always be that attentive.
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Oct 5, 2021, 08:31
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Jonjonz wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 06:26:
I have yet to see a single ounce of value in Win 11. The only one I can think of is if you buy a new PC it comes installed. Whoop De Doo!

BS personal anecdotes and the raving of bleeding edge addicts aside, there is nothing to see here other than further loss of personal control, less privacy, and a massive new footprint for not an ounce of additional value.

PS: if your really think rounded corners matter, you are in the wrong camp.
If you are concerned about these things then try Linux on your gaming machine. I put together a thumbdrive with Pop_OS! and installed Steam with a bunch of games. I was able to test everything out before I committed to wiping my drive. Everything I need/want works great. Proton actually works.
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Donkey_Punch wrote on Oct 4, 2021, 21:26:
Has anyone tried playing older legacy games with Windows 11? Windows 10 was crap for older games that uses 16-bit color mode since it only emulated it badly. The result was horrific frame rates.
Not exactly the answer you want, but I've had a resurgence playing old 9x/XP era games via Lutris in Linux. None of these game work in win10, yet everything I've tried so far has worked beautifully (on my 4k monitor). You can manually set the desktop size and run those old games in window mode, so stuff that's 4:3 640x480 and up works fine with no stretching or crashing.
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 El Pit
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 04:00:
El Pit wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 02:27:
Kin*** wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 01:46:
REMOVED
This is not your regular site full of morons. Go away with your lousy phishing and virus website.

Just a PSA: Don't reply to them with quote feature or you literally propagate their post in your quote... forcing me to manually change my quote .... forcing a moderator to manually change YOUR quote and so on.

Just report and move on
Nobody edited my quote. I am smart enough to NOT use their links and had already changeed the link when I wrote my post. You did not really expect me to quote the link of the phishing tool, did you.
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Oct 5, 2021, 06:26
 
I have yet to see a single ounce of value in Win 11. The only one I can think of is if you buy a new PC it comes installed. Whoop De Doo!

BS personal anecdotes and the raving of bleeding edge addicts aside, there is nothing to see here other than further loss of personal control, less privacy, and a massive new footprint for not an ounce of additional value.

PS: if your really think rounded corners matter, you are in the wrong camp.
"Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss." - The Who.
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Oct 5, 2021, 04:58
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Oct 5, 2021, 04:58
 
windows 10 was a hot mess its first 90 days too.. unless your computer literate, i would just wait till the bugs get ironed out first.
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bhcompy wrote on Oct 5, 2021, 03:47:
RogueSix wrote on Oct 4, 2021, 19:03:
Current benchmarks are showing that many games are running slower on Windows 11 while only a few games run faster (usually within margin of error like 1 -2fps). I have also seen some worrying benchmarks with regard to percentile fps. Framerates momentarily drop by up to 60% in some scenarios vs. Windows 10 in games. No game supports DirectStorage yet and it remains to be seen whether the benefits will be tangible at all.

As a gamer, I see absolutely no reason to upgrade at this point. The free upgrade period for Windows 10 users will only start next year anyway. I hope that MS will address the performance issues until then and do a major cleanup under the hood. "Built for gaming" is definitely a bold lie from all the testing and reviews that I have seen so far.

As always, wait until at least the first service pack before jumping to a new OS generation
Meh. I've been running Win11 as my daily driver since the first public insider build and the experience has been great for me. The only issues I encountered were in really early builds with some slight delays when changing themes and some inconsistent context menu interactions. After those first few early builds everything has been rock solid.

In fact, for me Win11 performs better than my previous Win10 install for music production. That is extremely latency sensitive and driver sensitive, yet has been great. For me, the new UI and usability improvements make this an easy upgrade because I despised the Win10 start menu and notification centre.
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You don't build a game OS by putting the start menu into the middle of the taskbar like a wannabe MacOS.

Surely also nobody who uses their computer for serious productivity allows the icons to stack on the taskbar either, extra clicks and time to switch windows and programs would drive a person mad.
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Donkey_Punch wrote on Oct 4, 2021, 21:26:
Has anyone tried playing older legacy games with Windows 11? Windows 10 was crap for older games that uses 16-bit color mode since it only emulated it badly. The result was horrific frame rates.

Nothing changed in this regard
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