New NVIDIA beta drivers add Windows 8 support

by Jonathan Yaniv | July 3, 2012 5:12 pm

It is true that NVIDIA has released drivers for its GeForce PC graphics cards that support Windows 8. The thing is, those drivers cannot be used on a PC with any other version of Windows. These new GeForce 304.79 beta drivers that NVIDIA released today finally add Windows 8 support in addition to Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

According to NVIDIA’s blog[1], NVIDIA announced these are the first GeForce drivers that actually support TXAA antialiasing. This method currently works on graphic cards that have NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 600 Series GPUs. NVIDIA states:

“This anti-aliasing technique not only reduces the level of aliased stepping on edges and lines far beyond that of MSAA, but also reduces temporal aliasing to a significant degree. More commonly known as shimmering, temporal aliasing is typically seen on chain-link fences and other surfaces when the player’s camera moves, and with this addition TXAA approaches the level of fidelity seen to date only in big-budget CG movies.”

However, no games currently support TXAA anti-aliasing but that will change soon. A soon to be released update for the just launched MMO The Secret World should allow owners to experience this amazing feature.

Endnotes:
  1.  NVIDIA’s blog: http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/nvidia-geforce-304-79-beta-drivers-released/

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