While there are many reasons why the regular computer user should upgrade to Windows 8.1, the professional gamer should postpone this action.
This is because there is a problem with the mouse after the patch is applied.
Most of the reports published highlight video game lagging with the use of highly complex mouse peripherals.
Microsoft officially confirmed the problem and announced that it will launch a fix. A Microsoft forum moderator acknowledged the problem with the following statement:
First off, we want to thank our gaming community for the detailed feedback many of you have provided on these issues. While we don’t have a date yet for the release of a fix, we are working to get these issues resolved as quickly as possible.
The ‘mouse lag’ issue is actually several different issues that could vary based on the game, input methods used, etc.
According to the same moderator, some of the problems are fixed by disabling DPI scaling in the event that lag is noticed in video games.
While that may not solve all problems, it is the only thing that can be done at the moment.
Besides video game lag, gamers also complained about mouse jittering and lack of scaling. Mouse polling rate is also lower.
The latest update that we received states that Microsoft did identify the problem. However, there is no official date for a fix.
With this in mind, most gamers agree that the upgrade should not be done.