DirectStorage is released by Microsoft, ushering in a new era of rapid load times and detailed worlds in PC games
Microsoft said 18 months ago that one of the most significant breakthroughs in its new Xbox Series X console would be coming to PC – the ability to transport massive amounts of data directly from a blazing fast NVMe solid-state drive to your GPU, rather than decompressing it first. The so-called “DirectStorage API” would enable games to load more detailed worlds at a faster rate than previously possible.
Microsoft has now announced the availability of the DirectStorage API. “Beginning today, Windows games can include DirectStorage support. This public SDK release ushers in a new era of fast load times and vivid environments in PC games by enabling developers to take full advantage of the performance of the latest storage devices,” the business writes on its blog.