Microsoft is preparing a new version of its DirectStorage technology that will improve the gaming performance of today’s PCs.
DirectStorage 1.1 actually implements the main idea of the whole technology: reduce the load on the CPU as much as possible and transfer part of the work to the GPU.
While in DirectStorage 1.0 the asset is still sent to the CPU for decompression and then back to the GPU, in DirectStorage 1.1 the process runs directly on the GPU.
Reduce CPU load from 100% to 15%
An example provided by Microsoft itself shows that the load time has been reduced several times and the CPU load has decreased from 100% to 15%!
DirectStorage 1.1 will work with any video card that supports Shader Model 6.0, but graphics processors that support DirectX12 Ultimate should provide the best results.
Windows 10, 11
The technology will work on Windows 10 and 11, but the new system has its own optimizations, so DirectStorage should perform better.
Microsoft says SKD will be available to developers soon, but it’s unclear when the technology will appear in games.
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