Windows 11 launches tomorrow, Tuesday October 5th as a totally free upgrade for anyone running Windows 10—so long as your PC meets the minimum requirements.
This is good news. After all, Windows 11 promises some big improvements for gamers, while offering questionable upgrades in other departments, including what some are calling a major downgrade to the taskbar.
Gamers can look forward to:
If you think all of this sounds perfectly fine, you’re absolutely right. This all sounds great. Not the most exciting features but certainly some solid improvements for PC gaming overall. Faster load times, better frame-rates, closer integration with Game Pass, all of that’s good news.
My word of warning comes simply because I am wary of new tech and a new operating system can have some weird bugs to iron out. It won’t work the same on every computer, especially since there are countless different configurations.
Already we’re seeing reports like this one that suggest the new OS may throttle games on pre-built PCs thanks to Virtualization-Based Security (VBS) which, in PC Gamer’s testing, caused as much as 28% frame-rate drops in games on Windows 11. There could be other issues that we won’t know about until Windows 11 is out there for mass consumption.
And some of these features, like DirectStorage, are actually being unlocked on Windows 10, meaning the upgrade is even less necessary to hurry up and install. Waiting a few months to see what problems—if any—arise is probably just the smart thing to do, unless you’re an early adopter who doesn’t mind being a canary in the coal mine, which is perfectly fine also.
It never hurts to wait a little while and see. Patience is a virtue, as they say, and wisdom is the better part of valor. If you are an early adopter, that’s great. I’d love to hear what your experience with Windows 11 is like, so please do let me know on Twitter or Facebook.
Windows 11 comes out on October 5th, just over six years since Windows 10 released in July of 2015. It occurs to me that the world has changed a great deal since then. Windows, by all accounts, has not changed anywhere near as radically, though those rounded windows do look nice.
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Erik Kain writes a widely read and respected blog about video games, entertainment and culture at Forbes. He is a Shorty Award-nominated journalist and critic whose work
Erik Kain writes a widely read and respected blog about video games, entertainment and culture at Forbes. He is a Shorty Award-nominated journalist and critic whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The National Review, Mother Jones, True/Slant and elsewhere. Kain co-founded the political commentary blog The League Of Ordinary Gentlemen, whose members have gone on to write at multiple major publications including The New York Times and Slate. He lives in Arizona with his family.