Nvidia rolled out its latest Game Ready drivers for GeForce graphics cards on Tuesday. We donâ€™t normally cover the hot-and-heavy world of graphics drivers releases (just keep them updated, okay?), but this one features a notable milestone: Game Ready driver 451.48 is fully DirectX 12 Ultimate compliant, meaning Nvidiaâ€™s GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards are the first hardware to support Microsoftâ€™s next-gen graphics API.
While itâ€™s notable, itâ€™s no surprise. DirectX 12 Ultimate unifies graphics support across PCs and the forthcoming Xbox Series X, rolling in features like an updated version of Microsoftâ€™s DXR ray tracing API, variable rate shading tier 2, mesh shaders, and sampler feedback. Most of those technologies appeared first in Nvidiaâ€™s â€œTuringâ€� graphics cardsâ€”the RTX 20-series and GTX 16-seriesâ€”but havenâ€™t been seen often in games, as theyâ€™ve been limited to Nvidia hardware.