The month of may is a busy one for the games industry, what with DOOM launching today, and the much-awaited, but consistently delayed Homefront: The Revolution. Both games are launching this month, and both AMD and NVIDIA have prepared for them with a new set of drivers to download. Hit the jump for more details and the download links.
Radeon Crimson 16.15.2211
The latest version of AMD’s Crimson drivers have added in final support for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive head-mounted virtual reality displays, and these are the first drivers to fully support AMD’s Xconnect external graphics technology as well. With this driver release, AMD has added in a Crossfire profile for Hitman, and in a previous Crimson driver release a week ago they had initial support for DOOM already baked in.
I’m going to have a look later and see if there’s any mention of support for AMD’s Polaris GPUs, but the company now typically releases a separate driver for new cards at launch, so there’s probably nothing to be leaked with this release.
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fails to stretch on non-native display aspect ratios. As part of the new Display Scaling per game feature, users can set “GPU Scaling” to “On” and “Scaling Mode” to “Full Panel” in the Display options tab in Radeon Settings as well as setting “Display Scaling” to “Full Panel” in their CSGO gaming profile under the “Gaming, Profile Options” tabs for this to take effect.
- AMD Radeon Fury Series may experience corruption on desktop when system is idle for an extended period of time.
- Final Fantasy XIV can experience black screen or experience an application hang.
- X-COM2 may experience minor stutter while the camera is panning around a scene.
- Radeon Settings check for software update may not display the latest available driver.
Among the known issues with these drivers, one of them is that quite a few games experience flickering while running on a Crossfire system. AMD’s suggestion for now is to either disable Crossfire, or carry on as is and wait for the next hotfix.
There’s still the lingering bug where power settings for older GPUs are exposed, but not working, and it’s recommended to not toy with them because they’ll probably cause some issues if you enable them. AMD’s power efficiency options are only available and working for the R7 360, R9 380, R9 380X, R9 390, R9 390X, R9 Nano, R9 Fury, and R9 Fury X graphics cards.
Download ’em: AMD Driver Support
Geforce 365.19 Game Ready
NVIDIA’s drivers launch today, promising support for DOOM, Master of Orion, and Homefront: The Revolution. These are the last set of drivers to be released without support for the Pascal family of GPUs, so they lack access to the new NVIDIA ANSEL features that made their debut last week Friday.
Like AMD’s drivers, NVIDIA has been implementing Vulkan support for quite time time since the publication of the Vulkan 1.0 specification by the Khronos group, and if you’re keen on playing DOOM with the Vulkan renderer on your Geforce GTX 970, these drivers will get you started. Unlike AMD’s update to Crimson, these drivers have a host of improvements that have been added.
Game Ready Settings:
New Game Ready settings have been added into Geforce Experience for:
- Homefront: The Revolution
- Master of Orion
SLI and 3D Vision profiles:
- Battleborn – new SLI profile added
- Battlefleet Gothic Armada – new SLI profile added
- Dead Island – old SLI profile updated with new .exe
- Dead Island: Riptide – old SLI profile updated with new .exe
- Master of Orion – new SLI profile added
- Obscuritas – new SLI profile added
- The Moonlight Blade – new SLI profile added
- The Solus Project – new SLI profile added
- World of Warships – SLI profile disabled until further notice
- Homefront: The Revolution – 3D Vision profile removed until further notice
- Operating system crashes during upgrade – Windows 10 only
- The Talos Principle crashed to desktop with SLI enabled – Windows 10 only
- Video playback issues, pausing, flickering, rolling back, when inserting or removing a Displayport cable – Windows 10 only
- Keyboard shortcuts no longer working with NVIDIA Surround enabled with Bezel peeking – Windows 10 only
- Increasing stuttering in Tom Clancy’s The Division after 20 minutes of gameplay – Windows 10 only
- Read access violations when playing movies with Windows Media Player – Windows 10 only (although you really should be using MPC-HC at this point…)
- Black textures in a game appear grey on Oculus Rift – Windows 10 only
- Second Life Viewer crashes to desktop with Shadowplay enabled – Windows 10 only
- NVIDIA Glacier demo drops in performance observed since Geforce 362.00 – Windows 10 only
- Can’t change refresh rate on control panel with Geforce GT 720 GPU on multiple monitors – Windows 10 only
- Support for Microsoft Hybrid with Intel Apollo Lake and Kaby Lake processors in Microsoft Azure datacenter environment – Windows 10 only
- Performance issues running The Talos Principle with Vulkan renderer cause framerate drops
- Unreal Engine 4 Vulkan renderer crashes to desktop
- Vulkan RT drivers picked up as false positive by anti-viruses
- 3DMark 11 performance issues and artifacting – Windows 7 64-bit only
That seems like a lot of work for NVIDIA, but there’s far more in the way of known issues on Windows operating systems than I could post here. You’ll have to check out page 17 for a comprehensive list of the known issues with the Geforce 365.19 drivers.
Download ’em: Techpowerup