Windows 11 is scheduled to be released this holiday season; it will be available as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users, as long as their PC meets the hardware specifications.
Windows 11 will offer two big gaming-oriented features: the DirectStorage API and auto HDR, both of which debuted on Xbox Series X and Series S. This spring, auto HDR launched on PC in the Windows Insider Program.
Showing side-by-side footage of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim with standard dynamic range color and auto HDR, Bond said that “over 1,000 games — including Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Rocket League, DayZ, and even Doom 64 — will be automatically enhanced on Windows 11 devices that support HDR.”
Just like on Xbox, this feature will require no effort from developers, but players will need to have a PC hooked up to an HDR-capable display, of course. HDR support has had a reputation for being janky in Windows 10, so hopefully Microsoft’s focus on auto HDR for games is a sign that the company is improving HDR more generally in Windows 11.
As for the DirectStorage API, the company originally developed the technology for the Xbox Velocity Architecture, the input-output system in the Xbox Series X and Series S, which sends data back and forth from storage to the CPU and GPU.
So, start shopping for HDR monitors, it really is game changing and we can’t live without it here at LGN