The release of Release 22H2 It’s not just about refining the basics of Windows 11. Microsoft has also made sure to open up the gaming front of the system by introducing some relevant features and improvements, which is good news for those who use their machines for PC gaming.
It starts with the new controller bar, which we reported on weeks ago. In this update, Windows 11 PC gamers can easily and quickly access their recently played and installed games and game launchers. By simply connecting an Xbox Wireless Controller (or compatible controller) to the PC and pressing the Xbox button, the Xbox Game Bar will appear.
Another big development in the Windows 11 2022 update is the improvement in gaming graphics. In particular, the window games with DirectX 10 and 11 get better display latency, Auto HDR and a variable refresh rate, which before the update was only possible in full-screen mode. Other existing gaming features in Windows 11 are also tapped into, such as DirectX12 Ultimate. According to Microsoft, the update also introduces DirectStorage support for more storage configurations (including RAID 0) and Auto HDR support for more games.
“Along with this update, we’ve released a new HDR calibration app to help gamers improve the color accuracy and consistency of their HDR displays,” said Ashley McKissick, corporate vice president, gaming experiences & platforms, on the blog to announce the functions.
Windows 11 gaming improvements aren’t just limited to the system. In June, Microsoft also launched a new gaming home page on Edge to easily view upcoming game release dates. “The new gaming home page puts you right in the action and allows you to earn Microsoft Rewards points as soon as you launch the browser, with personalized stories and easy access to the Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) library, including recently played ones Games (Xbox account required),” added McKissick.
On the other side Panos Panay announced in a separate post that includes the update to the Amazon Appstore Preview and a change for game developers. “Today, through our partnership with Amazon, we are expanding the Amazon Appstore Preview to international markets, bringing more than 20,000 Android apps and games to Windows 11 devices that meet feature-specific hardware requirements,” said Panay. “In addition to a growing catalog of apps and games, we’re also excited to announce that we’re moving to the next phase of the Microsoft Store Ads pilot, helping developers get content to the right customers.”
Before these announcements, Microsoft shipped a few previous updates to the Xbox app on Windows. It includes HowLongToBeat’s direct integration with the Xbox app on PC, as well as faster app launch and improved performance.