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Nvidia reveals driver support for Windows 8 preview release

As AMD drops monthly driver releases
Fri Jun 01 2012, 17:51

CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has said its upcoming R302 drivers have attained Microsoft Windows hardware quality labs (WHQL) certification for the Windows 8 operating system.

Nvidia's R302 graphics drivers are set to be launched next week but the firm is keen to point out that they have already passed WHQL testing and are certified for Windows 8. The firm has had Windows 8 drivers for some time, however the R302 release will be supported on the Windows 8 preview release.

Chris Daniel, senior product manager of consumer software at Nvidia said, "Nvidia's Windows 8 drivers support all the features in the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v1.2. The drivers also support award-winning NVIDIA 3D Vision and 3DTV Play products, allowing you to play more than 600 games, watch Blu-ray movies and view photos, all in 3D."

Daniel confirmed that the Nvidia R302 drivers will only support the Windows 8 operating system. Users running older versions of Windows will have to use the Nvidia R300 drivers release.

While Nvidia is releasing support for Windows 8, AMD announced that it will move away from its monthly Catalyst releases. AMD's release notes said, "We will still continue with the Catalyst naming convention; Catalyst: Year.Month. You just won't see a new driver every single month. We are confident that this will only benefit the end user; you'll only need to upgrade to a new Catalyst driver, when it makes sense."

In truth AMD's monthly driver release was largely a marketing exercise, and while rapid fire releases can ensure that bugs get fixed quickly, concentrating on solid releases rather than rushing to meet arbitrary deadlines is far better for the majority of users.

AMD announced its Catalyst 12.6 beta release yesterday, but the firm made no mention of support for the Windows 8 preview release. µ


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