PC Gaming on Windows 10 is about to receive a big boost in the latest Feature Update scheduled to arrive this month. The Windows 10 May 2020 Feature Update, also known as the Win10 v2004 or 20H1, comes with several useful little improvements all over the OS. However, Microsoft has put in a lot of effort to improve the gaming experience on a Windows 10 PC. The latest update is particularly beneficial for gamers as it comes with DirectX 12 Ultimate, improved Ray-Tracing support, DirectX Mesh Shader, and various other features.
The Windows 10 version 2004 is also known as the May 2020 Feature Update and is expected to release on May 26, 2020. Simply put, Microsoft is expected to send out the Windows 10 20H1 Update before the current month ends. The new update brings quite a few useful features to PC users including Cloud reset, WSL 2.0, and overall faster performance. However, gamers are eagerly waiting for the Windows 10 May 2020 Feature Update for the gaming-centric features and benefits. Here are some of the most notable features apart from the DirectX 12 Ultimate that should improve gaming on Windows 10 PC significantly.
Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.7:
The Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v2.7 offers a lot of improvement for serious gamers. According to early testing, the feature should improve users’ overall gaming performance. Microsoft has also ensured that gamers who use multiple monitors get a much better and synchronized refresh rate.
Gamers who often use multi-monitor observe disturbing stutter owing to different refresh rates for each monitor. Any window movement between two monitors with differing refresh rates leads to stuttering until the window movement is stopped.
Windows 10 20H1 Update releases on May 26th, brings DirectX 12 Ultimate & Xbox Game Bar improvements pic.twitter.com/K6PcvEaSAU
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Incidentally, the same stutter can be replicated in a single-monitor setup wherein a game is running in ‘Windowed’ Mode and an application window is moved. Microsoft assures that that WDDM v2.7 addresses the issue. In other words, in-game visuals should not stutter owing to movements of the window between two displays.
Microsoft has also added support for hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling. Essentially, WDDM v2.7 allows GPU cards to manage their video memory properly. As a direct result, gamers should expect a smoother video playback and improved gaming experience due to reduced latency and improved average FPS.
Prior to installing the Windows 10 20H1 Update, PC gamers should update their Intel and NVIDIA display drivers. Microsoft recommends installing NVIDIA Drivers v450.12 and Intel Display Drivers v18.104.22.16859 and above.
Variable Rate Shading:
Variable Rate Shading (VRS), Mesh Shaders, and Sampler Feedback are part of the new DirectX 12 Ultimate API. The VRS essentially allows game developers to adjust a game’s shading rate in real-time. This significantly optimizes GPU usage and ensures the Graphics Card is not burdened at all times. This should be visible in games as the feature improves frame rates.
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It is important to note that to experience the benefits of VRS, Mesh Shaders and other features in the new DirectX 12 Ultimate gamers must have a newer and powerful Graphics Card bought in the last year.
Ray Tracing v1.1:
The May 2020 Update also adds support for DirectX Ray Tracing 1.1. In this new and improved version, ray tracing executions are decided at run time, and they’re not pre-defined. Microsoft claims inline raytracing is more efficient than dynamic shader-based ray tracing.
From dawn until dusk, witness what a full day looks like inside of Minecraft’s Windows 10 beta with ray tracing enabled. 🌅 pic.twitter.com/xILFzQAvJQ
— IGN (@IGN) May 4, 2020
Essentially, DXR 1.1 allows game engines to load ray tracing shaders on-demand. Simply put, tracking shaders would be loaded when the game character moves around a world and new objects are rendered. This happens in real-time. Such inline ray tracing and indirect execution of rays should significantly improve game performance without excessively burdening the GPU.
Windows 10 Game Mode To Become Central For PC Gaming?
The Windows 10 Game Mode has been giving some trouble to a few gamers. Some gamers have been complaining about weird issues coming up when the Game Mode is switched on. The issues are reportedly limited to a few games like CS:GO.
Games in Windows 10 Freezing? Disable Game Mode https://t.co/vGB2ZDtDui
— gamengadgets (@gamengadgets) May 8, 2020
As the issues are experienced by a few gamers and in a few games, there is no official solution yet. Nonetheless, several features included in the Windows 10 May 2020 v2004 20H1 Feature Update should offer a much-improved gaming experience.
Users can turn on the Game mode feature from the Settings app:
- Select the Gaming section of the Settings app.
- Navigate to the Game Mode section.
- Click to toggle Game Mode and turn it on.