In what is definitely a piece of great news for many PC gamers, Microsoft is about to introduce one of the most-wanted gaming features to the delight of millions of players across the globe.
As credible media outlets report, the Redmond tech giant will bring in a brand new Dynamic Refresh Rate feature to its upcoming next-generation Windows 11 operating system.
The primary task of this function is to save battery life mainly on portable devices such as laptops and tablets to facilitate longer gaming sessions on the go.
Additionally, it is capable of offering a refresh rate boost when needed during the gameplay so that the performance remains smooth on a consistent basis.
Currently, on Windows 10 devices, users are compelled to pick between one of two options, either a 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rate on a laptop.
At present, the restricted choice of having to select a static refresh rate that device owners can only switch manually if they want to enable a different refresh rate is surely a nag.
But thanks to new features in Windows 11, a dynamic range of selection is finally here. The new Windows operating system comes with built-in intelligence to dynamically switch frames as and when required.
To explain further, Ana Marta, Program Manager on the Graphics Team at Microsoft has this to say:
This means that Windows 11 will seamlessly switch between a lower refresh rate and a higher refresh rate based on what you’re doing on your PC.
Of course, to take full advantage of this facility, there are a few prerequisites and stipulations that users have to keep in mind beforehand. One of them is a laptop with a 120Hz or above capability and that also supports the Dynamic Rate Refresh feature.
When activated, the standard daily operations, such as writing emails, creating, viewing, or editing documents will run at the lower 60Hz refresh rate. Microsoft’s new DRR features come into the picture when scrolling or using other apps that support the feature.
It is important to note that this feature specifically works with Windows apps and not games. To play graphics-intensive games, it is essential to have a laptop offering a refresh rate of at least 120Hz in addition to a new graphics card.
Oddly enough, there are no Microsoft Surface laptops with a 120Hz DRR. That said, this feature hints that the next lineup of Surface devices with the requisite support is on the way or is under development. So, for Microsoft enthusiasts, a delightful prospect awaits in terms of having a laptop or tablet that is able to compete with Apple’s ProMotion displays.