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NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready drivers prep PCs for Windows 11

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What you need to know

  • NVIDIA's latest GeForce Gamer Ready drivers support Windows 11.
  • The drivers bring full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate for PCs with RTX graphics cards.
  • The Game Ready drivers also optimize support for several games, including Alan Wake Remastered, Deathloop, Diablo II: Resurrected, and Far Cry 6.

Windows 11 officially launches on October 5, 2021. To prepare for the rollout of the operating system, NVIDIA released GeForce Game Ready drivers (opens in new tab) that support Windows 11. In addition to supporting Windows 11, the most recent GeForce Game Ready drivers support Alan Wake Remastered, Deathloop, Diablo II: Resurrected, Far Cry 6, Hot Wheels Unleashed, Industria, New World, and World War Z: Aftermath.

The new drivers ensure that people get full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate on the best GPUs and best gaming laptops with the latest NVIDIA hardware. RTX graphics cards will also support DirectStorage.

G-Sync monitors that support HDR will be able to enhance SDR games with Microsoft's Auto HDR.

NVIDIA also announced 10 new GeForce Experience Optimal Playable Setting profiles. These profiles configure game options for your PC's hardware to optimize gameplay. NVIDIA released profiles for the following games:

  • Bravely Default II
  • Deathloop
  • GRIT
  • Icarus
  • Myst (2021)
  • NBA 2K22
  • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
  • The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari No Kiseki
  • Twelve Minutes
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt

NVIDIA provides links to all the drivers in its post announcing the updates (opens in new tab). Full release notes (opens in new tab) are available from NVIDIA as well. You can find the drivers by opening GeForce Experience and clicking on the "Drivers" tab.

A separate article from NVIDIA (opens in new tab) breaks down how its GPUs work well with Windows 11. We also have a piece that runs through three reasons why Windows 11 is exciting for PC gamers.

Sean Endicott
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