Forspoken Loads in Less than Two Seconds on M.2 SSDs Thanks to DirectStorage

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Microsoft officially released its DirectStorage API for PC developers last week, but how fast will the new technology that promises to drastically reduce loading times in games by leveraging the speed of modern storage solutions such as M.2 NVMe SSDs actually be? Incredibly fast, according to a new video showcasing various technologies employed in Square Enix and Luminous Productions’ upcoming fantasy RPG, Forspoken. In addition to the usual stuff like ambient occlusion and screen space reflections, a portion of the video can confirm that Forspoken players with M.2 SSDs will be able to enjoy loading times as fast as 1.7 seconds thanks to Microsoft’s DirectStorage. This is a massive improvement over SATA SSDs and HDDs, the latter of which can take over 20 seconds to load the game.

The Technologies of FORSPOKEN (Luminous Productions)

“The Technologies of FORSPOKEN” is a video introducing the implementation of FORSPOKEN incorporating the latest technologies from AMD and Microsoft announced at GDC (Game Developers Conference) 2022.

By supporting the technologies such as AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution and Microsoft DirectStorage, FORSPOKEN will be able to provide higher performance and more beautiful gaming experience. Please take a look at Luminous Productions’ commitment to always being on the cutting edge.

About Forspoken (Steam)

Mysteriously transported from New York City, Frey Holland finds herself trapped in the breathtaking land of Athia. A magical, sentient bracelet is inexplicably wrapped around her arm, and Frey discovers the ability to cast powerful spells and use magic to traverse the sprawling landscapes of Athia. Frey nicknames her new golden companion “Cuff” and sets off to find a way home.

Frey soon learns this beautiful land once flourished under the reign of benevolent matriarchs, called Tantas, until a devastating blight relentlessly corrupted everything it touched. The Break transformed animals into beasts, men into monsters, and rich landscapes into four dangerous realms. At the center of their shattered domains, the Tantas now rule as maddened and evil sorceresses.

Unaffected by the Break and desperate for answers, Frey reluctantly agrees to help the last remaining citizens of Athia who see her as their only hope. Frey’s journey through this strange and treacherous land will take her deep into the heart of corruption where she must battle monstrous creatures, confront the powerful Tantas, and uncover secrets that awaken something much more from within.

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Tsing Mui
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