This week Microsoft pushed out a Windows 10 update that unlocked framerates and support adaptive sync technology like NVIDIA’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync for UWP (Universal Windows Platform) games. Most UWP games are published by Microsoft and include the likes of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Quantum Break, and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex (Beta). Admittedly there aren’t many games that are built on the UWP platform for the time being, however, it still being a relatively new software platform for video games, we can expect to see more of it in the near future.
As previously mentioned Microsoft’s Windows 10 update lets UWP games run on unlocked framerates and use adaptive syncing technology, meaning that they can now run to the best of their ability, support the latest adaptive sync technology (if your monitor also supports it), and avoid any screen tearing or jittering your would otherwise encounter. This is a much-appreciated welcome to competitive and casual gamers alike and is a becoming a feature that is more and more common (and expected) in PC games these days.
Microsoft explains that “Vsync refers to the ability of an application to synchronize game rendering frames with the refresh rate of the monitor. When you use a game menu to “Disable vsync”, you instruct applications to render frames out of sync with the monitor refresh. Being able to render out of sync with the monitor refresh allows the game to render as fast as the graphics card is capable (unlocked frame rate), but this also means that “tearing” will occur. Tearing occurs when part of two different frames are on the screen at the same time, and is now possible in UWP games with this update.”
NVIDIA’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync solves the game and monitor synchronization issue by calculating when the game is prepared to render a new frame. When it is, the graphics driver communicates this to the monitor, telling it to refresh and display the new frame. The end result is that your game is rendered as quickly as possible and without any tearing. To take full advantage of this feature, however, your monitor will have to be equipped with adaptive sync technology. Luckily our 144Hz gaming monitor guide makes finding the best one for you a breeze.