Nvidia 296.17 Drivers Give Official Windows 8 Support

Nvidia has a couple of new drivers available today, one of which - 296.17 - has finally brought in official support for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

Designed to allow for the use of Nvidia hardware with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview released last month, it also bundles in the few minor changes from the other just released driver, the WHQL certified 296.10.

This one adds support for the GeForce GTX 560 SE card and updates the PhysX system software to version 9.12.0213. Several games have also seen performance improvements when using SLI, including: Dirt 3, Dishonoured, Dungeon Defenders, F1 2011 and Blacklight: Retribution. As well as this, 3D vision is now supported in both Dear Esther and Deep Black: Reloaded.

For a full run down and download links, check out the Nvidia page.

According to the Hexus report, the 296.17 driver represents the start of a regular Windows 8 supporting release schedule, meaning all future updates should include it. However it's not just the operating system, but some of its built in features too, including: power reduction during certain media playback environments and better GPU sharing across multiple applications, making sure each one gets a fair share of graphical processing power.

These changes are all part of the update to Windows Display Driver Model 1.2, which will also begin the integration of the next DirectX update, DX 11.1. This is the first version of the API that has natively supported stereo 3D.