Here are the Sonic sound and gaming improvements in the Windows Insider Preview build 16226 for PC

Kit McDonald

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This morning, the Windows Insider team dropped a stealthy build for Windows 10 Mobile users. Following up, Dona Sarkar hit the big red button to release preview build 16226 for PC and it has a lot of new stuff. For convenience, we’re breaking it down for our readers, including this post about the Windows Sonic spatial sound update and gaming improvements.

Windows Sonic spatial sound on PC

Windows Sonic, available in the Windows 10 Creators Update, is now even easier to enable with this update. Plug in a pair of headphones, right-click the sound icon in the notification area, and select Spatial sound to choose your preferred format. You can also configure your 5.1, 7.1, or Dolby Atmos for home theater from this menu if it’s your currently selected default endpoint. You can learn more about Windows Sonic here.

Gaming Improvements

New help options: We have added a new “Xbox Networking” section under Settings > Gaming. Here, we’ll help you attempt to identify and resolve issues preventing you from using voice chatting and playing multiplayer games with other Xbox Live users.

Track your GPU performance: For the Task Manager fans out there, we’re happy to share that we’ve heard your feedback and we’ve updated Task Manager to now include GPU info. Our engineering team used the feedback you gave us that is part of this Feedback Collection to prioritize and to design the feature – thank you! The Performance tab shows GPU utilization information for each separate GPU component (such as 3D and Video encode/decode), as well as graphics memory usage stats. The Details tab shows you GPU utilization info for each process. Please note that this feature is still under construction and you will find issues and bugs, as always please send us feedback in Feedback Hub under Desktop Environment > Task manager.

There’s still more to check out in the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16266 for PC, so be sure to check out all of our articles. Also, don’t forget to check out the known issues so you know what to expect when updating in the Fast ring.