Windows 10 UWP Games Finally Gain FreeSync, G-SYNC, Unlocked Frame Rates

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Microsoft is angling to make Windows 10 “the” destination for gamers, as we’ve witnessed with increased crossover between PC and Xbox One gaming. The software giant is taking another step towards appeasing hardcore gamers by finally supporting a few features that have been missing from games purchased via the Windows Store.

Universal Windows Program (UWP) games can finally have the option to disable v-sync, which will help to boost frame rates instead of being tied to your monitor’s refresh rate. Disabling v-sync can of course introduce artifacts, but gamers should be given the choice to do so, so it’s nice to see that Microsoft is finally making that happen.

Two other features that weren’t enabled from the start are also arriving today: AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-SYNC support. FreeSync and G-SYNC technology allows your compatible monitor to sync refresh timing with your graphics card, in effect giving you the benefits of disabling v-sync without the inherent screen tearing that can occur.

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While we’re happy to see Microsoft add functionality that should have been in the Windows Store from day one, we have to warn you that support for these features won’t just magically appear for existing games. Developers will actually have to update their software to enable FreeSync and G-SYNC. Luckily, hot titles like Forza Motorsport 6: Apex and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will be adding support “in the very near future.” We can expect other games to fall in line over the coming months.

All of these changes are a direct result of complaints from enthusiasts like you according to Microsoft’s Bryan Langley. “A big thank you to those who have given us feedback,” writes Langley on the DirectX Developer Blog. “We read it all – the Window Store reviews, the reviews on gaming-focused websites, and even some of the giant threads on the various forums.”

This newest update to Windows 10 will be rolled out over time to customers starting this afternoon. If you’re impatient (you know who you are), you can download the update directly by following this link.