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DirectStorage, one of the Xbox Series X's biggest tech advancements, has now arrived on PC--well, sort of. Microsoft has announced in a blog post that the Xbox's DirectStorage API is now available on PC, but it may be a while until players can get their hands on PC games that actually use the tech, The Verge reports.

Microsoft's DirectStorage technology cuts down on game load times and gives developers the potential to build even more detailed game worlds, by streaming data straight from a NVMe solid state drive to the GPU, without the CPU needing to decompress it first.

While DirectStorage for PC was first touted as a benefit for gamers thinking about upgrading to Windows 11, the most recent blog post says DirectStorage will in fact be compatible with Windows 10 after all--though Microsoft still strongly recommends the newest version of Windows for keen gamers. The blog even says that gamers don't necessarily need to have an NVMe SSD installed to see improvements from DirectStorage, but that "installing games to an NVMe SSD will maximize your IO performance and help you more fully experience the benefits of DirectStorage."

Unfortunately for gamers looking to take advantage of DirectStorage, the API release means developers are only now getting their hands on the technology, so it will still be a while before we see it widely implemented in PC games. Microsoft added in the blog post that it'll be presenting an intro to DirectStorage at this year's GDC, so it's possible many devs won't start working with the tech until after the industry event.

The first PC game to make use of DirectStorage technology is Forspoken, which will be used as a showcase for the tech at this year's GDC. Sadly the game has just been delayed, with the developers announcing earlier in March that Forspoken now won't see release until October 11, 2022.

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Halo Infinite, Gears 5 Are Not Supported On Valve’s Steam Deck

Microsoft has detailed which of its games are compatible with Valve's Steam Deck, with only a handful of titles being unsupported thanks to incompatibility with anti-cheat software.

In a post on Steam, Microsoft explained that each developer in Xbox Games Studios is responsible to ensuring compatibility with the Steam Deck, but that priorities at each might force this to take longer than expected. The upside is that many games are already compatible, with a large majority having "Verified" statuses already from Valve.

The following games are classified as Steam Deck Verified:

These games haven't been Verified by Valve directly but are still playable currently:

In terms of games that will not work at all with the Steam Deck, it might come as no surprise that the issues they encounter are around anti-cheat systems. Halo Infinite and The Master Chief Collection are both unsupported, as well as Gears of War 5 and Microsoft's Flight Simulator X. Unlike Bungie, which says players attempting to play Destiny 2 on the Steam Deck might result in a ban, Microsoft hasn't detailed what exactly might happen if you try get them working on SteamOS.

You can circumvent this entirely now that AMD had released Windows drivers for the Steam Deck, allowing you to remove SteamOS and install Windows 10. These drivers are just the start of Windows support for Valve's new PC, but Valve itself is not providing support for users who attempt to do this.

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Valve has uploaded the drivers a user needs for getting Windows on the Steam Deck. Currently, only Windows 10 is available and dual-boot is not possible yet--which means if you go for installing Windows, that's the only OS you're stuck with until you uninstall it. Valve is working on a way to get Windows 11 and dual-boot working on the Steam Deck, so users can expect those features in the future.

Drivers

For installing Windows, users can go the route of more irreversible SSD installation or a safety-first microSD card (or USB) installation. Tom's Hardware does a great job of digging into how installation via either method works.

Either way, the basic method is to get the Window drivers on a USB (or microSD card). Navigate to the Steam Deck's boot menu by first powering down, and then while holding the volume button down, hit the power button again. In the boot menu, you'll choose the USB (or microSD card) to install Windows from. Follow instructions from there.

As with all new features, a word of caution to users before they leap into downloading drivers: The Steam Deck's Windows Drivers are new and in their infancy, so for the more cautious users among us, it might be good to wait until the dual-boot is available.

Additionally, aside from the notes and drivers provided, Valve is unable to provide further Windows on Steam Deck user help. You'll have to rely on troubleshooting and community resources if you encounter any issues. If all else fails or if you run into major problems, Valve offers a method for getting back to the original SteamOS.

You can now install Windows on Valve’s Steam Deck

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AMD Ryzen’s fTPM stuttering issues will be fixed in May

AMD ryzen stutter fixEarlier today, AMD announced that it has found a fix to resolve a fTPM related stutter on Ryzen PCs. The stuttering itself is caused by issues with the fTPM (Firmware Trusted Platform Module) chip that led to “temporary pauses in system interactivity or responsiveness.” The impact where this was most felt was during gaming, where an occasional stutter would cause massive disruptions. AMD’s now come up with a solution to the issue, though it won’t be available until early May. Those with this issue will need to update their motherboard’s system BIOS when this update eventually rolls out. Unfortunately, that’s not really a solution for right now and doesn’t help make the user experience better at the moment. So, to temporarily solve the problem, AMD has suggested that its users use a third party TPM device in the meantime.   It took a while, but a solution is coming Some AMD Ryzen users have already dealt with this issue for months, and f...

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