Windows Subsystem for Android is a nifty tool that allows Android apps to run on Windows 11. Recently Microsoft pushed another update for WSA, available to all Windows Insider channels. Compared to routine releases, this update is actually pretty significant as it brings a number of improvements to gaming on WSA, among other things.
WSA now has compatibility for games with joystick, and the input is mapped to the WASD keys. The arrow keys can now also be used as inputs for aiming and sliding in games. The update also brings improvements in scrolling, making the experience smoother. There are also minor networking improvements for apps using the internet. The Android minimum window size default is now set to 220dp. Finally, there’s a new toggle for the diagnostic data in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app.
Again, this update (version 2206.40000.15.0) is available on all insider channels, but some users might face issues with their VPNs, not working with Advance Networking. In that case users are advised to disable Advanced Networking from the WSA Settings app.
You can read the full changelog below.
- 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
- General reliability fixes, including improvements to diagnostic sizes
- Graphics improvements