Intel today has announced a set of modern graphics drivers that will replace what you have now on your Windows Laptops/Desktops. Intel calls the modern drivers as Windows Modern Drivers or Universal Windows Drivers(UWD).
As we might have guessed from the name, the new set of drivers are UWP optimized which means that there would be a boost in performance in UWP apps. However, the new drivers will only be available to people with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or higher and 64-bit of the O.S.
Changes in drivers in many cases cause unwanted problems and for that, you might want to revert back to the original state. Needless to say, first you need to uninstall the current UWD drivers in order to have the legacy drivers back. Intel has FAQ page for all your queries. Otherwise, you can click here to know more information about UWD.
The company has already started to deliver the new update which takes the version to v188.8.131.5244. Users who meet the mentioned criteria can now check for updates by heading over to this page in order to have the latest graphics driver. As of now, it supports the following notable games. Mind you that drivers will only available only in the .exe format.
- Fallout 4
- Far Cry 5
- FIFA 18
- Path of Exile
- The Sims 4
- Borderlands 2
- Euro Truck Simulator 2
- PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
- Rocket League
- Witcher 3
Aside from these changes, the new update also brings the following improvements:
- Automatic Game Tuning Feature Updates.
- Reduces RAM consumption when using OpenGL.
- Improves battery life when using Display Refresh Rate Switching (DRRS) on supported monitors.
- Vulkan Driver Stability Improvements.
It also fixes some of the critical bugs which are listed below:
- Minor graphics anomalies may be observed in NBA 2K19, FIFA 19 (DX12), Assassin’s Creed: Origins.
- Intermittent crashes or hangs may occur in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, FIFA 19 (DX12), World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (DX12).
- Windows Advanced Display Settings may show incorrect bit-depth on some primary monitors which leads to inaccurate colors.
- Custom Resolution 980 x 588 @ 60 Hz may not get added in capable resolutions.
- Three or more virtual displays may not be supported in Extended Configuration (ED) mode.
- Intermittent crashes or hangs may occur when using Miracast* in extended mode on Intel® Pentium® Silver and Intel® Celeron® Processors
- Minor performance regression may be observed in 100.6373 in Battlefield IV and Dragon Age Inquisition.