Intel is making some major changes to its line up of graphics drivers. The company has debuted new drivers for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019. In its announcement, Intel named the drivers Windows Modern Drivers or Universal Windows Drivers. As the second name suggests, the new drivers are optimized for UWP.
By releasing these drivers, Intel is coming up to speed with Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). This means from today, Intel graphics driver updates for Windows 10 will be UWD and will replace older drivers.
Microsoft will allow users to roll back to these legacy drivers, but the Intel Windows Modern Drivers will need to be uninstalled. This can be done from the “Apps and Features” page in Windows.
Perhaps the most important release is version 188.8.131.5244 of Intel's graphics driver suite. This is a Universal Windows Drivers and is compatible with all Windows 10 machines running the Fall Creators Update (version 1709) and later.
This driver is also available for Windows 10 64-bit variants. One of the key parts of this release is launch support for Artifact and Farming Simulator 2019. Intel's new driver also support the following games:
- Fallout 4
- Far Cry 5
- FIFA 18
- Path of Exile
- The Sims 4
- Borderlands 2
- Euro Truck Simulator 2
- PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
- Rocket League
- Witcher 3
Windows 10 users will also receive the following additions and improvements to the graphics driver suite:
- Automatic Game Tuning Feature Updates.
- Reduces RAM consumption when using OpenGL.
- Improves battery life when using Display Refresh Rate Switching (DRRS) on supported monitors.
- Vulkan Driver Stability Improvements.
To see the new driver in Intel's Universal Windows Drivers series, you can get it from the download page here. The company says users should avoid the “Have Disk” method or the INF file for installations.