Microsoft has announced an official release of DirectStorage on the PC, which should significantly speed up data reading and reduce downloads. True, there is nowhere to try the new one, so the launch is purely formal and focused on developers.
With the release of DirectStorage for the PC (on the Xbox Series) it has been available since the release of the console, the tools needed to move to a new data input-output system have been made available to programmers. Microsoft will then pursue additional optimizations for central processors and begin working on decompression via video memory.
The first confirmed game with DirectStorage on the PC was Forspoken from Square Enix, about how the technology was introduced, will be presented in a special lecture on 22 March at the GDC Industrial Conference. Perhaps at the same time there will be first illustrative examples of the advantage of DirectStorage.
As Microsoft reminds us, in order to see the merits of technology, the game has to be installed on a computer with Windows 10 (and better with Windows 11) and NVMe SSD. Some of the benefits of DirectStorage may appear on other savers, but software magic will not work on a full roll.