Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released two weeks ago andNvidia today released its first driver update for NVIDIA GeForce and Quadro GPUs.
This release represents the start of regular NVIDIA driver updates for Windows 8. These drivers, version 296.17, are available for both GeForce and Quadro GPU-based desktops and notebooks on NVIDIA.com and on Microsoft’s Windows Update.
Windows 7 and Windows XP users aren’t left out. An equivalent driver, version 296.10 (WHQL-certified), can be downloaded on GeForce.com today. These drivers are a quick refresh from the recent version GeForce 295.73 drivers and according to Nvidia, are "a must-have" for gamers looking for the best experience in upcoming games like Blacklight: Retribution.
NVIDIA’s Windows 8 drivers support all the features of the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v1.2 and also support the NVIDIA 3D Vision and 3DTV Play products, allowing you to play more than 600 games, watch Blu-ray movies and view photos – all in 3D.
For more information on 3D Vision and 3DTV Play support in Windows 8, please read Nvidia's Windows 8 FAQs.
The list of supported NVIDIA GPUs for Windows 8 can be found on NVIDIA.com.