Following recent leaks
, Microsoft today
officially announces Windows 11, the next installment in their ubiquitous
operating system. This does not yet have an official release date.
has details from the live stream revealing the new OS. Word is:
"The big focus for Windows 11 is a simplification of the Windows user interface,
a new Windows store, and improvements to performance and multitasking." Here are
the aspects of the announcement related to gaming:
Xbox is a big part of
Microsoft, and we also got to hear from Xbox executive Sarah Bond about PC
gaming with Windows 11. Auto HDR, a feature in Xbox Series X / S, will be part
of Windows 11. Enabling Auto HDR will add high dynamic range (HDR) to a large
number of DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games, as long as you have a compatible HDR
Microsoft is also promising speed and performance improvements for Windows 11.
DirectStorage will be part of Windows 11, a big new feature from Xbox Series X /
S. DirectStorage will require the latest NVMe drives to speed up game load times
on Windows 11, and game developers will need to enable this technology to boost
load times further.
Xbox Game Pass is also being integrated into Windows 11, thanks to a new Xbox
app that the company has been testing for months. This also includes xCloud
integrated into this Xbox app, so you can stream games from Microsoft’s cloud,