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Windows 11 brings updates for Android gamers

Microsoft rolled out a new Windows 11 to insiders, and the package also included a new version of the Windows Subsystem for Android. It is heavily focused on mobile gaming performance, as the changelog revealed compatibility for gamepads, joysticks and some gestures more common with smartphones and tablets.

    What’s new:

  • New suite of shims available to toggle in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app which enables better experiences in several apps
  • Compatibility for games with joysticks (mapped to WASD)
  • Compatibility for gamepad in games
  • Compatibility for aiming in games with arrow keys
  • Compatibility for sliding in games with arrow keys
  • Scrolling improvements
  • Networking improvements
  • Android minimum window size defaulted to 220dp
  • Improved dialog when unsupported VPN is detected
  • New toggle to view/save diagnostic data in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app
  • Security updates
  • General reliability fixes, including improvements to diagnostic sizes
  • Graphics improvements

The update (version 2206.40000.15.0) is available only to testers in the United States. The Subsystem for Android platform allows the emulation of mobile applications without the need for third-party software. It can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store on any Windows 11 device, but so far titles were only playable with touch support.

Windows 11 to launch without Android apps support

The new update will allow testers to have a wider range of gestures and functions at their disposal, and once everything is fixed and polished, all of us will have the capability of playing mobile games without the burden of slouching with the actual phone.

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