Microsoft ha revealed an update is coming for Windows 10 today, unlocking the frame rates for its UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps, as well as adding support for both AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync.
Both are features that gamers have been crying out for since the first AAA exclusives arrived on the Windows 10 Store, all of which were shackled by the limits of Microsoft’s app system. The update is rolling out later today and should download automatically via your Windows updates.
Unfortunately it’s not a catch-all for every Windows 10 app out there, and instead games will have to be retroactively patched to take advantage of the uncapped frame rate or any adaptive synchronisation technology. Microsoft has said the first games to support these features are like to be Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex.
Tantalisingly, Microsoft has said looking further forward we “can expect to see some exciting developments on multiple GPUs in DirectX 12” in the near future, presumably relating to DX12’s multi-adaptor capabilities. This allows any DX12-capable graphics cards to run in multi-GPU with one another, either competing hardware such as AMD and Nvidia.
It should be exciting stuff when it does all finally roll out but we’re still a little hesitant Microsoft is banking on the Windows Store to support all of these features. There’s a long way to go until most people would even consider picking up a game from the Windows 10 storefront, no matter how many first-party exclusives it sends out to die. The worry is this venture fails like Games For Windows Live, and Microsoft can point to likes of Quantum Break, Killer Instinct, and Forza 6 and say PC gamers aren’t interested, despite the store being the primary issue.
Good changes afoot for the Windows Store then, but is it enough for you to consider buying a game there? Let us know!