The software-zilla Microsoft has been hearing complaints regarding Windows 8.1’s gaming problems, lately in Microsoft support page forums or tech support forums. However, like always the technical experts at Microsoft have been successful at resolving those issues. They have released a fix for the mouse-pointer issues. However, gamers are not entirely happy as said fix resolves the issues of only certain games. Unfortunately, this has happened many times for the software giant – falling short of the expectations of ardent fans and users.
You can download the now available software update for both x86- and x64-based versions of Windows 8, along with Windows Server 2012 R2.
Many users have flooded the support forums, previously reporting stuttering and freezing with mouse input while playing games in Windows 8.1. As per the Microsoft’s support documents, the problems arose from “changes to mouse-input processing for low-latency interaction scenarios” in Windows 8.1.
As mentioned earlier, it is quite unfortunate that the fix may not be useful for all affected games. According to Microsoft support page, the update applies to 16 games, including six games in Activision’s Call of Duty series, including Call of Duty: Ghosts. There are other games on the list, which include Counter-Strike, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Hitman Absolution, Hitman Sniper Challenge, Half-Life 2, Metro 2033, Portal, and Tomb Raider.
For fixing any affected games that are not covered by the update, users must perform registry tweaks for each individual game. For that, users must follow Microsoft’s step-by-step instructions given on Microsoft support page. However, game developers can also apply the registry fix themselves if there are absolutely sure of what they should do, and issue an update.
Other troubled games and fixes
STALKER: Call of Pripyat, Metro: Last Light, World of Warcraft and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion are other problematic games for which fixes are available. Not all the problems are what they seem, as separate issues in Windows 8.1 may affect some of these games.
For example, in the case of devices with high pixel density, mouse input may scale faultily in some games. There is a way to resolve this issue. You just have to disable display scaling for each affected game. If you are using an internal trackpad for gaming, then it can prove to be problematic due to accidental click rejection. You can simply turn off this Windows 8.1 feature.
Though Windows 8.1 is a necessary update for nearly all Windows 8 users, there are certain driver problems that present themselves. It is incompatible with few Windows 8 machines. In case you are comfortable with registry edits, most Windows 8.1 issues are now resolvable.