Here are the gaming features in the Windows 11 2022 update, including the controller pad.

With the release of the Windows 11 2022 update, which some may call Windows 11 22H2, Microsoft has detailed what gaming improvements it has made to its operating system in this version. This includes a new controller pad, optimizations for games in windowed mode that were previously only available in full screen mode, HDR optimizations, and more.

The new controller pad overlay can be activated by pressing the Xbox button on an Xbox Wireless Controller or the equivalent button on a compatible third-party controller.

Similar to the Xbox Game Bar, the controller bar offers quick access to useful features such as recently played games and installed game launchers (Xbox, Steam, EA Play, etc.). However, unlike the Xbox Game Bar, this feature can be easily controlled with a connected controller without having to reach for the mouse.

Microsoft has also made improvements to how DirectX 10 and 11 games are handled by Windows 11 when played in windowed and borderless windowed modes. Players can expect “greatly improved” display latencies with the 2022 update, just like when playing in full screen mode.

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At the same time, Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate features can now be used in games when using windowed modes that were previously blocked in full screen mode. Check here to learn about these optimizations and how to tweak the different available settings for each game.

Speaking of HDR, Microsoft has introduced the HDR Calibration app to help gamers improve the color accuracy and consistency of their HDR displays. In addition, the Windows 11 2022 Update will expand Auto HDR support to include even more games, additional storage configurations such as RAID 0 with DirectStorage support, and improvements to DirectX 12 Ultimate.

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