Microsoft’s Windows 11 unveiling in June came with announcements across the company’s many departments, including a warning from the company’s gaming division: you’ll need Windows 11 to play games that employ select “next-gen” APIs, particularly the new DirectStorage API.
On Friday, the company’s DirectX team walked that OS restriction back.
“Microsoft is committed to ensuring that when game developers adopt a new API, they can reach as many gamers as possible,” DirectX Program Manager Hassan Uraizee writes in explaining that the upcoming DirectStorage API will no longer be Windows 11-exclusive. This statement comes alongside Microsoft’s launch of a DirectStorage preview program that will let developers immediately begin testing this feature in intensive 3D software. The API, among other things, redirects I/O calls for 3D graphical assets directly to a computer’s GPU.