You Can Use Microsoft’s New Tool to Check for Your PC’s Compatibility With DirectStorage


Not every PC has what it takes to run DirectStorage, the DirectX 12 feature that accelerates SSD performance in Xbox Series X/S consoles. This technology will provide a much smoother gaming experience once it lands on PCs as well.

Microsoft is now ready to help you in finding out if you have the right laptop or desktop PC for DirectStorage. According to, the Microsoft Game Bar feature from Windows 11 is what you need to access to solve the mystery. You’ll have to go to the Gaming Features tab from the settings menu, and there, the program will tell you which hardware components of your system are not ready for DirectStorage, if there are any.

We knew since 2020, thanks to Microsoft’s dev blog, that DirectStorage is coming to PC. The Redmond-based tech giant wrote on the blog:

DirectStorage will bring best-in-class IO tech to both PC and console just as DirectX 12 Ultimate does with rendering tech. With a DirectStorage capable PC and a DirectStorage enabled game, you can look forward to vastly reduced load times and virtual worlds that are more expansive and detailed than ever.

Let’s face it: nobody likes loading screens in video games. That’s one aspect that DirectStorage should solve once and for all. The technology aims to get rid completely of those annoying loading screens.

Surely biting off more than you can chew by trying to force your PC to run DirectStorage even though the Microsoft Game Bar tells you that the machine is not ready certainly isn’t a solution. Microsoft knows what it’s doing, so you’d better trust its information!

Therefore, make sure to check for the Microsoft Game Bar feature in Windows 11 if you’re a gamer, and feel free to tell us in the comment section if your PC is ready for DirectStorage or not!

Cristian Antonescu
Cristian is in love with technology as many of us. He has a vast experience as a content writer in the field. He's involved especially in the gaming area, where he covers the latest news in open-world, role-playing, and first-person shooter titles.