Do you see that over on the horizon? It's Windows 8 -- we'd recognize it anywhere with its luggage of tiles in tow. Some of you might even be playing with Windows 8 already, courtesy of an official Release Preview made available just a few days ago. If so, and if you're rocking discrete graphics from AMD
, we have some good news to share. Both GPU designers announced they've received official certification for Windows 8 in regards to graphics drivers.
"NVIDIA’s Windows 8 drivers support all the features in the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v1.2," NVIDIA said
in a blog post. "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."
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NVIDIA's new Windows 8 WHQL-certified GeForce R302 drivers will be available "early next week," though keep in mind they're for Windows 8 only; if you're running Windows 7 or earlier, you'll continue to use R300 drivers, NVIDIA said.
As for AMD:
"Today, we are proud to announce that AMD has received Windows Hardware Certification (WHC) for an AMD Catalyst graphics driver on Windows 8," AMD announced
in a blog post of its own. "Formerly known as the Windows Logo Program, WHC is a rigorous mark of compatibility and reliability for products intended for use with Microsoft Windows. It also allows AMD to serve as an official partner in the upcoming Windows 8 release, use the 'Windows 8 Compatible' logo (seen here
), and offer the drivers on Windows Update."
AMD's WHC driver will be posted later this summer, the company said.