ATI and Nvidia both release new Windows 8 beta drivers

Are you interested in Windows 8 but afraid to make the jump because of potential gaming issues? For many gamers, it makes sense to stick with the same OS on their gaming rig for as long as possible in order to avoid potential problems from making a platform switch.

This is probably why Windows XP gaming systems continued to make their way into LAN parties and events all the way into this year. The good news is that we seem to have little to worry about with Windows 8.

Recently Windows 8 Update reported on the PC World article that looked into just how well gaming worked in Windows 8. For the most part, it was concluded that there was little to gain for gamers when it came to upgrading.

At the same time, there were really no negative reasons to avoid Windows 8 for gaming either, other than a few small bugs. Now it seems that AMD and NVIDIA are both pushing out new public beta drivers that not only support Windows 8 better but are supposed to bring added performance to some games.

For AMD, they brought out the Catalyst 12.11 beta drivers for the HD 5000, HD 6000 and HD 7000 Radeon series. These drivers are said to actually offer increased performance on many games, including titles like Borderlands 2.

As for Nvidia, they also have beta drivers in the form of the GeForce 310.33 drivers. These are designed to work with Windows XP all the way up to Windows 8. Nvidia also claims a boost in gaming performance with the new drivers and cites games like Batman: Arkham city as examples.

While this doesn’t mean that Windows 8 is better for gamers, it shows that graphics companies are dedicated to including Windows 8 and ensuring that our transition is as smooth as possible. As a gamer myself, I’ve found Windows 8 to be a very pleasant experience. I have yet to try the beta drivers but will likely give them a go and see if they turn a great experience to an excellent one.

Any other Windows 8 gamers out there, what has your experience been so far?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/narcussist Sean Bianchi

    The need for Crossfire support in WIndows 8 is my only grip with updating/upgrading to this OS. I am not sure if it is the Same for SLI users as I am not an Nvidia person