by Chris Daniel

Two weeks after the release of Microsoft‘s Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we have released our first driver update for NVIDIA GeForce and Quadro GPUs.

This release, part of our partnership to support NVIDIA GPU-based systems, represents the start of regular NVIDIA driver updates for Windows 8. These drivers, version 296.17, are available for both GeForce and Quadro GPU-based desktops and notebooks on NVIDIA.com, as well as on Microsoft’s Windows Update.

Download the new NVIDIA 296.17 drivers for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 7 and Windows XP users can use today an equivalent driver, version 296.10 (WHQL-certified), from GeForce.com. These drivers are a quick refresh from the recent GeForce 295.73 drivers and a must-have for gamers looking for the best experience in upcoming games like Blacklight: Retribution. These drivers also carry all of the R295 goodness that I told you about just a couple weeks ago.

Download the new GeForce 296.10 drivers for Windows 7/Vista and Windows XP

A final note about NVIDIA’s Windows 8 driver support: NVIDIA’s Windows 8 drivers support all the features of the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v1.2, as well as award-winning NVIDIA 3D Vision and 3DTV Play products, allowing you to play more than 600 games, watch Blu-ray movies and view photos – all in 3D. With Windows 8’s new built-in stereoscopic 3D support in DirectX 11, 3D Vision is poised to provide users the best platform for games and applications.

For more information on 3D Vision and 3DTV Play support in Windows 8, please read the Windows 8 FAQs http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/Win83D.

For more information on the Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview, please visit: http://preview.windows.com

The list of supported NVIDIA GPUs for Windows 8 can be found here on NVIDIA.com.

Enjoy the new drivers and please let us know what you think in the comments below!