Windows 11 - The Best Windows Ever for Gaming

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Gaming has always been fundamental to Windows.

We build Windows to be a magical place, where everyone can play, connect, and create. That’s why we’re delighted to bring you Windows 11, with superior graphics, amazing speed, and an incredible selection of games.

Immerse Yourself in Superior Graphics

Games will look better than ever thanks to Auto HDR, a unique capability we’re offering with Windows 11 which automatically adds High Dynamic Range (HDR) enhancements to games built on DirectX 11 or higher that previously only leveraged Standard Dynamic Range (SDR). HDR allows a supported game to render a much wider range of brightness values and colors, giving an extra sense of richness and depth to the image. We introduced this tech in our Xbox Series X|S consoles and got an outstanding response from creators and players. We’re excited to bring this groundbreaking technology to Windows 11.

Buckle Up for Gaming at Amazing Speeds

With a high performance NVMe SSD and the proper drivers, Windows 11 can soon load new games faster than ever thanks to a breakthrough technology called DirectStorage, which we also pioneered as part of the Xbox Velocity Architecture featured in the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

With DirectStorage, which will only be available with Windows 11, games can quickly load assets to the graphics card without bogging down the CPU. This means you’ll get to experience incredibly detailed game worlds rendered at lightning speeds, without long load times. “DirectStorage Optimized” Windows 11 PCs are configured with the hardware and drivers needed to enable this amazing experience.

In addition to supporting the new hardware advances needed for DirectStorage, Windows 11 will continue to have the broadest hardware support in the world. Everything from our new Xbox Wireless Controllers to mechanical keyboards and gaming mice, to the Xbox Adaptive Controller, to surround-sound headsets, external GPUs and more. So, you’ll still be able to connect millions of gaming peripherals and accessories to game the way you want.

Experience an Incredible Selection of Games

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Of course, even the best graphics and speed are nothing without games. That’s why we created Xbox Game Pass for PC, a membership which gives you access to a library of over 100 high-quality PC games across genres. Game Pass is built to bring the power of games to everyone. And with the Xbox app now built into Windows 11, access to Game Pass is easier than ever. The Game Pass library is incredible, and as we announced earlier this month, you can look forward to releases like Halo Infinite, Twelve Minutes, Age of Empires IV, and more this year.

Game Pass for PC includes PC games from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda the day they launch, an EA Play membership at no additional cost with Game Pass for PC or Ultimate, and a great selection of titles from partner developers big and small with more entering the library all the time. And with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can also experience Xbox Cloud Gaming on Windows PCs via a browser, so even an entry-level device can play the biggest Xbox console titles. And as we recently announced, we’ll add cloud gaming directly into the Xbox app on PC.

Also, because of our commitment to player-first innovations like cross-play and cross-save you can play these games seamlessly across devices with a global community of millions of players. Simply put, Game Pass is the best way to discover and play your next favorite game.

We’re thrilled to bring you the best Windows ever for gaming.

Welcome to Windows 11!


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I just got an HDR-capable monitor running at 2560x1440, IPS, and 144Hz so looking forward to seeing how Win 11 does in HDR gaming. RTX 2080 Ti graphics card is used until an RTX 3080 Ti becomes available at the MSRP price. Then, maybe, 4K?
 

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I just got an HDR-capable monitor running at 2560x1440, IPS, and 144Hz so looking forward to seeing how Win 11 does in HDR gaming. RTX 2080 Ti graphics card is used until an RTX 3080 Ti becomes available at the MSRP price. Then, maybe, 4K?

Your 2080 is more than capable to do 4K. Save your money and wait for the next generation of video cards, leave these for the scalpers and such to continue to try to make money off of.

I have a GTX 970, and on less GPU intensive games like Diablo III and Path of Exile, I have 0 issues running at 4K native (well, technically - 3840 x 2160 resolution) . Same with Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (Remastered) and Mass Effect trilogy (remastered) - 4k native.

I can attempt to run Cyberpunk 2077, but I have to turn a lot of other things down badly to get it semi playable. but a 2080 should play Cyberpunk at 4k with few compromises.

But if your bent upon getting a 3080, then ... can I buy your 2080 when you do? :ROFLMAO:
 

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I have a GTX 970, and on less GPU intensive games like Diablo III and Path of Exile, I have 0 issues running at 4K native (well, technically - 3840 x 2160 resolution) . Same with Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (Remastered) and Mass Effect trilogy (remastered) - 4k native.

I can attempt to run Cyberpunk 2077, but I have to turn a lot of other things down badly to get it semi playable. but a 2080 should play Cyberpunk at 4k with few compromises.

But if your bent upon getting a 3080, then ... can I buy your 2080 when you do? :ROFLMAO:
I have a strict pecking order for my "flight-proven" graphics cards, my youngest will get the 2080 Ti, my older gets his 1080Ti, I get the 1080 for my HTPC, etc. With a 40% uplift in graphics frame rates, the 3080 Ti is a large step up and will cost the same as my 2080 Ti did. Getting years' worth of use out of a card brings the cost/year way down. 4K for my old eyes is most of the reason not to go to that resolution as much as the frame rate.
 

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LMFAO - shucks.

Can't blame a guy for trying though.

I was planning to grab a 30x0 when I built this a year ago, so I opted to not upgrade my video card. Then the miners and scalpers came to play, and I backed out of even considering the cards - not because of them, but because nVidia stupidly toyed with inventory knowing full well this was gonna blow up.

I'm pretty irate with them right now.

AMD's FSR is also another reason I'm (finally, after well over 20 years) considering an ATI card again. FSR is not goin to work on my 970, so I will need to upgrade - but I don't need the newest right now. Which means I can plan (and save) for the next gen.
 

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Big gamer here so I can't wait to see how it games without team X-Box games. That said I really don't much of a big difference between 10 & 11. The eye candy and performance is still mainly dependent on the GPU more than anything else.

In the end all Microsoft is saying is Windows 11 better supports hardware to enable better gameplay.
 

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You're not going to see much of a difference right now. The announcement was only 3 days ago and the leak is a DEV build based upon a build of Windows 10 that still had the snipping tool in it - because it's there in W11.
 

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You're not going to see much of a difference right now. The announcement was only 3 days ago and the leak is a DEV build based upon a build of Windows 10 that still had the snipping tool in it - because it's there in W11.

Clearly understand the OS isn't ready for prime time at this moment. My opinion is based on maturity of OS.

We heard the same hype about Windows 10 vs Windows 7. In the end there really wasn't much of a difference. Certainly not enough to "force" gamers to flock to Windows 10 because of "gaming performance". I certainly didn't notice a big jump in gaming performance moving from 7 to 8 to 10 outside of GPU help.

My two cents.
 

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Gotcha. Valid points, indeed. Mostly talking points to make investors happy, I suspect.
 

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