Microsoft has made its Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18334 available to the Fast ring members of the Windows Insider Program. The Preview Build is based completely on testing its “technology tailor-made for gaming” on Windows 10.
It was earlier reported that Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox Live to iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and Windows. Last year, Microsoft also announced the Project xCloud Game Streaming Service to bring Xbox titles to other devices. The Preview Build 18334 could be for the preparation of the operating system for these future expansions. This just shows how seriously Microsoft is taking the gaming market.
Interestingly, Microsoft also gave away free copies of State of Decay to the Windows Insiders for testing these new technologies. The number of users who actually received the free game is undefined. According to the company, they had “a small number of available slots” for the initial release but they are planning to expand it over the next few weeks. So you can sign up for the Insider Program to have a chance of getting a free game.
Some of the issues that Microsoft listed include
The improvements include usual bug fixes, performance optimizations, and other known issues. Launching games that use anti-cheat systems like Battleye will activate a bug check (GSOD or Green Screen of Death). So it’s better to stay away from this preview build if you don’t want to deal with all this.
Obviously, these Preview Builds, especially on the Fast Ring, aren’t meant for everyone. Microsoft itself says that the users who don’t want to risk their main system’s integrity by using pre-release OS should stick with the Slow ring. Being in the Fast ring does allow you to test out the latest features before everyone else, and in this case, even gets you a free copy of State of Decay.