Windows 10’s next update to improve video playback performance

Graphics Settings

Microsoft has already
wrapped up development on Windows 10 20H1, also known as
version 2004 and the update could arrive as early as April.
Unlike Windows 10’s minor November 2019 Update release, Windows
10 version 2004 will finally give Windows users something new
to try.

In Windows 10 version 2004, you can expect significant
improvements in the Windows Subsystem for Linux, system
recovery, and overall performance. Microsoft is also revamping
Cortana experience with a new chat-based interface and Windows
Search is getting faster in this release. There’s also the
usual nifty and small improvements for everyone.

With the next Windows 10 feature update, Microsoft is
introducing a new version of the Windows Display Driver Model,
which is the graphic driver architecture for video card drivers
on Windows.

Windows 10 version 2004 includes WDDM 2.7 and it adds the
following features:

  • DirectX 12 Raytracing Tier 1.1
  • DirectX 12 Mesh Shader
  • DirectX 12 Sampler Feedback: Texture Streaming,
    Texture-Space Shading
  • DirectX 12 Video Protected Resource Support

WDDM 2.7 introduces another new feature called
‘Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling’ for the integrated and
discrete graphics card. Unfortunately, AMD Radeon is currently
not supported due to the lack of insider drivers.

Windows 10’s Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling feature allows
video card such as Intel UHD Graphics 620 and Nvidia GeForce
1060 to directly manage its video memory. With the new GPU
feature, Microsoft promises to improve video playback
performance and reduce latency on supported hardware.

Hardware accelerated GPU sheduling

Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling works regardless of the API
(DirectX, Vulkan, OpenGL) used for apps and games. Popular and
well-known apps including Movies & TV app, Netflix and other
programs will support the hardware acceleration.

In theory, Hardware acceleration allows your computer’s
graphics card to handle video playbacks and games calculations
more efficiently.

After installing Windows 10 20H1 update, you’ll find
‘Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling’ option in Graphics
settings and it needs to be turned on manually. Once enabled,
your graphics card will bring smoother playback of videos and
games, reduced latency, and improved performance.

Microsoft hasn’t committed to a rollout date for Windows 10’s
Spring 2020 Update, but it’s likely to land in April/May.

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