recent Microsoft blog post Corrected the company’s previous statement that DirectStorage, a technology that improves storage performance to improve games, is only available for Windows 11. Now Microsoft has clarified that DirectStorage will indeed support both Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Direct storage It is a new storage acceleration API, currently used in Xbox series game consoles. It reduces game loading time by allowing game data to be transferred directly from NVMe SSD to GPU, bypassing the CPU.
To further improve performance, DirectStorage also includes a new GPU decompression technology that supports higher decompression I/O rates and bandwidth than CPUs. This also makes the GPU a better choice for decompressing game assets.
The only caveat for Windows 10’s implementation of DirectStorage will be its older storage stack-a set of drivers that allow applications and Windows to communicate with storage devices. Compared with Windows 11, this will result in a decrease in system performance, but it is still better than no DirectStorage technology at all.
Windows 11 will be equipped with an upgraded storage stack, allowing DirectStorage to run at full capacity.
It is great to see that Microsoft has reduced the system requirements for DirectStorage, allowing more people to master this technology and use it on Windows 10 and older hardware.