Nvidia will release a new driver update today that will support Microsoft’s DirectX 12 Ultimate and the latest GPU programming feature from the Windows 10 May 2020 update. Nvidia’s DirectX 12 Ultimate support means its latest RTX cards support the latest suite of Microsoft games and multimedia APIs, which promise to better unify the set of features and capabilities of Windows games with the Xbox platform.
A key component to DirectX 12 Ultimate is ray tracing, which Nvidia has long supported in its line of RTX cards. This new controller support should make it easier for game developers to optimize games for the upcoming Xbox Series X and the latest Nvidia cards. It is an important part of any next generation game that will come later this year and beyond.
Meanwhile, Nvidia also includes some current updates to its drivers that could improve performance immediately. This latest 451.48 driver adds support for the Windows 10 May 2020 update and a new feature called hardware accelerated GPU programming. “This new feature can potentially improve performance and reduce latency by allowing the video card to directly manage its own memory,” says Nvidia.
If you install this latest update, you will get a new option in Windows 10 graphics settings, which will allow you to enable hardware accelerated GPU programming. A reboot is required to fully enable it.
This new controller also adds support for nine G-Sync compatible displays and 12 more games to Nvidia’s optimal one-click setup feature that provides the best gaming setup for your hardware.
However, not all are good news. Nvidia notes that “simultaneous game streaming and recording support is not supported” with the latest Windows 10 May 2020 update. You may want to delay the update if this is important to you, otherwise Nivdia says “This will be fixed in a future version.”
The 451.48 WHQL driver is now available from the Nvidia driver page or through the GeForce Experience app.