New NVIDIA beta unified drivers add Windows 8 support

NVIDIA has already released drivers for its GeForce-based PC graphics cards that support Windows 8. However, those drivers could not be used on PC with any other version of Windows. Today, NVIDIA launched new GeForce 304.79 beta drivers that finally add Windows 8 support in additon to support for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

In a post on NVIDIA's blog, the company also announced these are the first GeForce drivers that support TXAA antialiasing. This new antialiasing method currently works only on graphics cards that have NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 600 Series GPUs. NVIDIA says:

 ... 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.

Unfortunately, no PC games currently support TXAA antialiasing. That should change soon; an upcoming software update for the just launched MMO The Secret World should allow for owners of the game and the supported graphics card to experience the new feature.

Source: NVIDIA blog

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They work fine on Windows 8. The previous Win7 drivers did as well, though they didn't have the Windows 8 specific improvements.

TXAA should be good. The game I'm most looking forward to with support is Borderlands 2, which looks to be one of the most promising games of this year.

Rappy said,
I suppose I could go back to Win8 Preview now

I have the urge to as well but I feel I might as well hold out for RTM.

Riva said,
Shouldn't nvidia and amd stop supporting windows xp?

I think they should stop supporting Windows XP entirely. The latest drivers work alright and the time spent on future drivers for the platform is holding back the development on current generation hardware/software.

Riva said,
Shouldn't nvidia and amd stop supporting windows xp?

If they want to annoy their customers, sure. However, as long as it is profitable and beneficial to support XP they will continue to do so.

Sure i bet the White House in the USA would like that comment.
I guess if YOU don't use something then you should take it away
from everyone else, insult them and laugh at them for using "old" stuff
and demand people pony up cash and time to rebuild their pc's and networks etc

and the first comment was refering to the Oval office having xp installed
as seen recently on cable tv news shows. But i guess they are just dumb right ?

theyarecomingforyou said,

If they want to annoy their customers, sure. However, as long as it is profitable and beneficial to support XP they will continue to do so.

I am sure if you stop supporting them they will be forced to use Windows 7 otherwise they will get **** graphics

I stand corrected if Microsofts updates already use it, they still to me seem overly large.

Am i alone in looking at the bloated size of every graphics card makers driver updates and wonder why they cant move to doing delta updates. To me it just seems lazy and last decade.
It's been available in Linux for years, eve the evil iOS has it. Oh, Microsoft, it would be nice from you too.

Microsoft's had it for years, think it was introduced with Vista with Windows Update. The graphics card manufacturers are the ones who don't do it. Microsoft's only involvement is in signing the drivers to say they have reached a certain quality threshold.

mog0 said,
Microsoft's had it for years, think it was introduced with Vista with Windows Update. The graphics card manufacturers are the ones who don't do it. Microsoft's only involvement is in signing the drivers to say they have reached a certain quality threshold.

I believe other companies sign device drivers on behalf of Microsoft.