When it comes to upgrading Windows, it’s not always obvious what features are beneficial. Why run the risk of bugs and incompatibilities if what you’ve got works just fine? Well, as a gamer, it might be worth giving in to those incessant pop-ups bugging you about Windows 11 updates. There’s a new, very colourful feature on the way that’ll make anything you watch, play, or edit look much nicer.
Historically, the colour of your screen is best left to the professionals. Either a monitor does it well out of the box, like MSI MEG 342C QD-OLED, or you make do. There’s always been a way to change display colours in Windows, but that requires some know-how. The new colour management panel could change all that, letting you experiment to your heart’s content.
DirectX 12 showcases the new feature within the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26052 on X. It replaces the old Windows Control Panel method with a dedicated window that’s a fair bit more robust. Since it’s currently exclusive to the beta build, it’s possible it might not even make it to the final release. That all depends on the feedback Microsoft gets and how stable it is as we head towards the next update.
Many players won’t be bothered to sort out specific settings for every game, but you can if you want to. You’ll be able to tease the vibrant colours out of Fortnite or emphasise the neon in Cyberpunk 2077. It’s a little bit of work, sure, but curating profiles for each game helps them look their best. Gone are the days of bland environments and textures.
This is by no means a reason to upgrade to Windows 11 all on its own. For gamers, however, it’ll pair nicely with Microsoft’s upcoming frame rate-boosting Nvidia DLSS rival.
It could also have a big impact on professionals, like photo and video editors, and on accessibility. Many people forget that colourblindness exists, and not every game has settings that allow people with the condition to enjoy them. Something like this could help users to homebrew settings, opening up a bunch more games to play. We simply love to see it.