Windows 10 API will finally reduce frustratingly long game load times

Windows 10 Game Mode

With a new Windows 10 API called “DirectStorage”, Microsoft is
promising a better overall gaming experience, plus performance
boosts in some cases. DirectStorage is an API for Windows 10
PCs that will bring best-in-class IO tech to supported hardware
and you can expect vastly reduced game load times.

DirectStorage is designed for PCs with NVMe drives and if your
desktop doesn’t support this API, Microsoft says
DirectStorage-based games will still continue to work as they
do now.

The software giant does clarify that those gamers who are using
NVMe drives and running DirectStorage-based game may see
performance improvements, thanks to the reduced long load
times. In addition, the new API will allow games to offer more
detailed gameplay than ever.

The NVMe storage devices have been traditionally faster than
other storage technologies, but the current Windows 10 Storage
API prevents the NVMe bandwidths and also limits the
performance of games. In other words, even if you get a
super-fast PC hardware with an NVMe drive, you won’t get the
best performance due to the current Storage API.

With the new DirectStorage APIs and supported hardware,
Microsoft says it can further improve I/O performance and
reduce CPU overhead, and allow you to take full advantage of
higher bandwidth storage devices.

We now have new APIs, new graphics features (DirectX 12
Ultimate), developer tools, and various other improvements in
Windows 10 that will make the PC gaming even better.

To get a better understanding of what that means for game
developers, Microsoft said it will work with industry partners
to finalize the API with their feedback and developers will get
early access of the API next year.

There are a load of other minor changes coming to Windows in
future, and as ever you can send your suggestions to Microsoft
using the Feedback Hub.

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