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Windows 11 2022 Update Available Today


  • The new Windows 11 2022 update includes many new features such as the Control Bar, improvements for framed games, and new HDR calibration options.

Today, we’re excited to announce PC gaming improvements as part of the Windows 11 2022 Update. With a new control bar, improvements for framed gaming, and new HDR calibration options, your gaming experience on Windows 11 PCs continues to improve.

Learn about the new control bar

The latest games played and installed are just a click away with the new control bar. This updated Xbox Game Bar gives you easy-to-control access to your recently played games and game launchers. You can access it by pressing the Xbox button on your Xbox wireless controller (or compatible controller) connected to your computer.

Graphics improvements

The Windows 11 2022 Update brings with it a number of graphics and gaming improvements. First, framed games running DirectX 10 and 11 will receive significantly improved rendering latency, automatic HDR, and a variable refresh rate (VRR). Previously, these were only available when playing games in full screen mode. You can learn more about this feature here.

Along with this update, we have released the new HDR Calibration app, which will enable gamers to improve the color accuracy and consistency of their HDR displays.

Other features now rolling out as part of the 2022 update include improvements to many existing gaming features, such as support for Auto HDR across a wider range of games; Additional improvements to DirectX12 Ultimate; And support for DirectStorage across more storage configurations, (including RAID 0).

Subnautica HDR comparison screenshot

Play hundreds of great games with PC Game Pass

Better graphics and performance Nothing without games. Game Pass is integrated into Windows 11 via the Xbox app, providing access to hundreds of high-quality PC games. This includes games from Xbox Game Studios on the same day they are released, and iconic Bethesda Softworks franchises like Fallout, Elder Scrolls and Great [email protected] Games, blockbuster movies, EA Play library, and new games added all the time.

With the new Windows 11 2022 update, you can experience many of these games in higher resolutions than ever before and access them faster with the new Control Bar. You can also play great Xbox console games on your PC using the Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) included with your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership.

New gaming features for Microsoft Edge

Last summer we launched several improvements to Microsoft Edge To make it the “Best Browser for Gamers”. The new gaming homepage takes you directly to the action and lets you earn Microsoft Rewards points by simply launching the browser, with customized Stories and easy access to the Xbox Cloud Gaming library (Beta), including recently played games (Xbox account required).

Other features like the built-in Clarity Boost make gameplay from the cloud look sharper and clearer when playing in Microsoft Edge on Windows. Additionally, Efficiency Mode improves gaming performance on Windows 10/11 by automatically reducing browser resource usage when you start your PC game. The new games home page helps players discover and interact with their favorite games, and the new games menu gives one-click access to free games and arcade games.

Games in Edge Screenshot

For a closer look at some of the other features included in the Windows 11 2022 Update, Head to the Windows Blog.

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