As part of a virtual event today, Microsoft announced Windows 11 – the first major update to its operating system since 2015.
The update will add various features for gamers including two key features utilised by the company’s Xbox consoles – Auto HDR and DirectStorage.
With Auto HDR, the new Windows will make it easier to turn high dynamic range on or off if the hardware supports it, better stabilise it if switched on, and automatically upgrade titles to HDR where possible.
DirectStorage loads game assets directly to the GPU instead of through the CPU to avoid bottlenecks that could slow it down, and also make use of the higher read and write speeds of NVMe storage of PCIe 4.0 and the upcoming PCIe 5.0 standard.
In addition, the Xbox app will also be built directly into Windows 11 and deeper integration of Xbox Game Pass. Subscribers will be able to download from the catalog of games they offer, to stream titles via Xbox cloud gaming, and cross-play between consoles and PCs.
No specific release date for the free upgrade has yet been announced.