Windows 11 comes with several quality improvements for PC gamers and Nvidia is now preparing official drivers for the upcoming OS version. Windows 11 as a service is updated frequently, but major feature updates are released once a year. The next major release is ‘version 22H2’ and will arrive in the fall of 2022.
Windows 11 22H2 will not be officially released until October 2022 (references refer to the rollout in late September or October). However, Microsoft has confirmed that Build 22621 is the RTM and that anyone can download and install the update to help with testing. Nvidia wants to help those testing the update.
Windows Insider program is quite active and many people are already using version 22H2, which means official driver support will help improve performance and fix possible compatibility issues. By offering new drivers early, Nvidia and Microsoft can identify potential performance issues with Windows 11 version 22H2.
Nvidia is rolling out version 516.25 of its RTX and Quadro drivers commonly used in the enterprise environment. The consumer-oriented GeForce and Studio drivers do not currently have official support for Windows 11 22H2, but they have been updated with WDDM 3.1 support.
In the release notes of Nvidia driver version 516.25, the company confirmed “support for the Windows 11 22H2 operating system” and a number of other fixes, including a fix for an issue affecting Tensor Cores’ performance improvements when scaling photos.
It is important to note that Windows 11 22H2 introduces WDDM 3.1, but we do not know what is new in this version.
While Intel waits for version 22H2 to land in the Release Preview Channel, AMD recently released new drivers based on WDDM 3.1, as you can see in the screenshot below.
That’s because there are already a lot of people using version 22H2, making official driver support necessary for anyone who helps with testing the operating system.
A quick look at the key features coming this year
Windows 11’s first feature update is apparently big. While there aren’t many new additions, there are several quality improvements.
Here’s a list of all the major changes: