Gaming never looked so good

Play the next-gen and classic games you want, at the graphics setting you want, and with the peripherals you want on a Windows 11 PC.1 6

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Discover your next favorite game

Play over 100 PC games with friends, including day one releases. All for a low monthly price. That’s PC Game Pass.2

Natural light for your virtual worlds

DirectX 12 ray tracing simulates how light behaves in reality, allowing for lifelike reflections, shadows, and refractions in your games.3

Natural light for your virtual worlds

DirectX 12 ray tracing simulates how light behaves in reality, allowing for lifelike reflections, shadows, and refractions in your games.3

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Unlock more colors

Get a truly cinematic experience. Auto HDR enables a wider spectrum of colors and luminance, making your games come to life.4

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Better gaming sessions with Game Bar

No need to Alt + Tab out to skip songs, change volume, or even monitor performance metrics. Just press + G to bring it all up with Xbox Game Bar.

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Rethink “surround” sound

Embrace yourself for an immersive gaming experience like none other. Hear where and how far the sources of sounds are with 3D Spatial Sound and a compatible set of headphones.

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Enabling the next generation of games

Not only do your games load faster, but DirectStorage also enables you to see and explore more expansive worlds.5

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The perfect setup awaits

From mobile gaming battle stations to lightweight, touchscreen enabled 2-in-1s, there’s a right gaming PC for everyone. Find yours today.1 6

Check for compatibility

Use the PC Health Check app to see if your PC can run Windows 11.7

Frequently asked questions

Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 have their strengths, but Windows 11 has new features that Windows 10 doesn’t, like Auto HDR and optimizations for windowed games, which can reduce game latency and improve visuals.

Absolutely! You should consider updating to Windows 11 if your hardware supports the Windows 11 minimum system requirements. Windows 11 offers the same level of game support as Windows 10, with fantastic additional gaming features like Auto HDR, Dynamic Lighting, Controller bar, and optimizations for windowed games.

Windows 11 does most of the optimization for you, but there are a few Settings you might want to double check to ensure you’re getting the best gaming performance from your system. First, ensure that Game Mode is enabled in Settings > Gaming > Game Mode; it should be on by default. Next, check out Settings > System > Display > Graphics, and choose “Change default graphics settings.” Here, you can turn on hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling, optimizations for windowed games, and Auto HDR (if you’re using an HDR display.)

Auto HDR is a feature in Windows 11 that automatically upgrades the color and brightness levels of Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) games to High Dynamic Range (HDR). This enhances the visual quality of games.

DirectStorage is a new feature that improves game load times. It works automatically if your PC and game are compatible. You can easily check if your PC supports DirectStorage: First, open the Game Bar (Win + G), then select the Gear icon, and choose “Gaming Features.

PC Game Pass is a subscription service offering a library of games to download and play. It’s updated monthly and integrated into Windows 11 via the Xbox app.

  • Screens simulated. Features and app availability may vary by region.
  • 1 PC hardware requirements may vary for games on Windows 11.
  • 2 Terms and exclusions apply. Game catalog varies over time, by region, and by device. See and, for details.
  • 3 DirectX 12 Ultimate available with supported games, graphics chips, and requires the latest Windows 11 update with updated hardware drivers.
  • 4 Auto HDR requires an HDR monitor and is supported on titles using the DirectX 11 or later API.
  • 5 Hardware and software dependent, requires an NVMe SSD to store and run games that use the Standard NVM Express Controller driver and a DirectX12 GPU with Shader Model 6.0 support.
  • 6 Games and/or subscriptions sold separately.
  • 7 Windows 11 upgrade is available for eligible PCs that meet minimum device specifications. Upgrade timing may vary by device. Internet service fees may apply. Features and app availability may vary by region. Certain features require specific hardware (see Windows 11 Specifications).