Windows 11 and Windows 10 now support DirectStorage. Microsoft has made the public SDK available, allowing developers to take advantage of the feature. The same DirectStorage technology that enables the Xbox Series X and Series S to load games quickly is used here. It allows games to take full advantage of the faster speeds of the finest SSDs or internal hard drives.
Previous APIs were not built to accommodate the increased speed of modern SSDs. As a result, games were unable to fully utilize modern hardware. Games should load significantly faster with DirectStorage.
While the DirectStorage API is now accessible, it may take some time for the feature to be integrated into the finest PC games. On March 22, 2022, Microsoft will present an overview of DirectStorage at GDC. On Microsoft’s website, there are also resources for getting started.
Meanwhile, gamers can prepare their systems by purchasing the necessary hardware to fully utilize DirectStorage. The feature works with PCIe 3.0, but a PCIe 4.0 module will provide higher performance.
You do not need to be concerned if your system does not support DirectStorage. Even if developers add DirectStorage support, games will continue to work as they do now.
Windows 10 supports DirectStorage, although Microsoft prefers Windows 11 for gaming. Storage optimizations and other gaming features are included in the latest operating system.