Windows 11 is set to release on 5 October and in preparation for the launch, NVIDIA has begun rolling out its Game Ready Driver for the operating system. The newest driver not only brings with it support for some upcoming games like Far Cry 6 and Diablo II: Resurrected but the update also prepares Windows 11 for its GPUs.
NVIDIA says that the new Windows 11 Game Ready Driver is the first publically available release client. Up to now, the company has supported the operating system but the drivers have been tailored for the Windows 11 preview builds. This new version is the one users will download when they start updating their PCs on 5 October.
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The timing is perfect too. Windows 11 brings with it a range of great gaming features that NVIDIA will further enhance with the latest Game Ready Driver. This includes DirectX 12 Ultimate support on RTX GPUs, Auto HDR support for NVIDIA G-Sync HDR monitors and DirectStorage. You can read a breakdown of these features below:
- DirectX 12 Ultimate: DirectX 12 Ultimate codifies several RTX graphics rendering innovations such as Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading, Sampler Feedback, and Mesh Shaders to help developers make bigger, better worlds with faster performance.
- Auto HDR: The majority of games run in Standard Dynamic Range (SDR). Auto HDR evaluates game content and converts it to High Dynamic Range (HDR), boosting the vibrancy of bright lights, making blacks more accurate, and in general emphasizing the details of a scene, making them more realistic and color accurate. If you play on a G-SYNC ULTIMATE or G-SYNC HDR-capable display, your gameplay will be automatically enhanced in your DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 SDR titles.
- DirectStorage: DirectStorage brings a new standardized implementation of next-gen IO technology that developers of DirectX 12 games can utilize to accelerate loading speeds, and render massive worlds using textures and assets streamed from the NVMe SSD.
NVIDIA says that the best way to get the latest update would be to install the GeForce Experience. So when Windows 11 launches on 5 October, users are urged to install the program and keep their GPUs up-to-date.