Microsoft Details Gaming Enhancements Coming With Windows 10 Creators Update

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Brad Sams in Windows 10 with 11 Comments

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Next year, in the spring, Microsoft will be releasing a new update for Windows 10 that they are calling the Creators update. Earlier this year, the company announced several new features are coming to the platform (a few enterprise enhancements too) and at WinHEC last week, they detailed a more bits of information about the initiatives for gaming on Windows 10 and Xbox.

In a session called Graphics and Gaming Investments in Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has highlighted where it is investing for the Creators update and how this translates into enhancements for the user.

Microsoft is continuing to heavily push its Xbox Play Anywhere experience. For those not familiar, this is a feature where you can purchase a game on the Xbox and then play it on your PC without having to buy the game again. The company is working to extend this type of experience with Xbox accessories too with the addition of more peripherals supporting Xbox Wireless.

Xbox Wireless is the device that makes it possible for the Xbox controller to work with your PC and in 2017, 8 new partners will be enabling hardware to work with the dongle currently used for the Xbox controller. This includes headset partners like Astro, Turtle Beach and Plantronics; all these devices will soon work on both your Xbox and your PC.

Other enhancements include game streaming being built into Xbox and Windows 10 (this was announced previously) as well as a much wider set of graphical enhancements like WDDM 2.2, HDR/WCG. With the Creators update, Microsoft sees HDR/WCG bringing HDR streaming to Windows 10 along with new games and apps taking advantage of these new features.

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And finally, Microsoft will start bundling drivers with Windows Store games to improve the performance of the game once downloaded. This will work by the game download trigging Windows Update to acquire the minimum driver requirements to make sure that application works as intended.

This may perturb some users who like having complete control over the driver updates for their hardware as this auto-download mechanism will overwrite the existing installation of the driver. Of course, you can still roll-back the update but hopefully Microsoft gives us a way to stop the auto-download of the driver via the Windows Store when this feature arrives.

If you want to watch the entire session where Microsoft announced these features, you can find the video here.

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Comments (13)

13 responses to “Microsoft Details Gaming Enhancements Coming With Windows 10 Creators Update”

  1. 5664

    Yikes. More forced driver installs? Just leave our drivers alone please. 

    • 8834

      In reply to jimchamplin:

      This is for people who don't know about video drivers or invest time and effort in keeping their drivers up-to-date.

      If you're using NVidia Geforce Experience or whatever, and keeping your drivers up-to-date yourself, this will never affect you because you'll probably already have the optimized drivers for newest games.  

      Also..... not really sure why you're so nervous about Microsoft providing you drivers.  You know that literally every driver already running on your system is approved by the, right?  

      • 3272

        In reply to warren:

        Maybe if you would go to the Geforce forums and read about all the problems with almost every new driver release this past year you would understand. Black screens, constant crashes, failure to boot, complete frying of GPU's, Gsync messed up. Driver issues have been awful which is why people want to have control over their drivers.

         Alot of PC gamers are using and have had to reinstall older drivers as both of the recent 376 class drivers are bad and some of the 375 class drivers are bad. Seriously, forced updates and drivers is bad regardless of who does it and Microsoft and Geforce updates over the past year are all the proof that's needed.

  2. 2371

    Hopefully Microsoft is able to get better control over drivers going forward.  It needs to as Windows as a service continues to evolve.

  3. 5530

    A surprising number of modern games simply run like piss without the new driver, so it's good that they're going to install the driver for you. But lots of people have been burned by a bad driver. Wanting control over it comes from the worry that a new driver will crash in some other program. Installing the new driver must come consequence-free with a clear benefit for the game.

  4. 217

    I for one welcome my VR overlords. I built a gaming rig over the summer but still haven't pulled the trigger on a headset yet, but I will in 2017.

  5. 9124

    Microsoft needs to better promote Play Anywhere to indie game developers.  I get a "no" answer every time I ask a developer if they are releasing their game in the Windows Store, yet the same games are available on Xbox One and Steam.

  6. 2254

    They need to fix/improve the Xbox Accessories app on Windows 10. It is shameful.

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