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Bethesda’s Blizzard’s Overwatch is out and if you’re playing this fun MOBA-arena-shooter-esque game on PC, you’re no doubt already flabbergasted at just how well it runs out of the box. But in the spirit of fixing things that aren’t broken yet, you can go ahead and update your graphics drivers to support Overwatch and other games launching later this month. The driver updates include support for SLI and Crossfire profiles made ready for Overwatch and Total War: Warhammer, and amazingly still support gamers running Windows Vista. Hit the jump for the download links.

UPDATE: Yes, Blizzard made Overwatch, not Bethesda! I get them mixed up often, probably because they’re both eight letters long, and start with the letter “b”. I’ll probably continue to make this mistake for the forseeable future. 😛

Radeon Crimson 16.5.3

The latest version of AMD’s Crimson drivers have added in final support for Total War: Warhammer, Overwatch, and the DOTA 2 Vulkan renderer update recently released by Valve. With this driver release, AMD has added in Crossfire profiles for Total War: Warhammer and Overwatch, and they’ve fixed quite a few issues with Crossfire on Windows 10 systems as well.

Resolved issues:

  • Fallout 4 may experience minor stuttering in Crossfire configurations.
  • The Radeon Settings control panel might be removed from the system if the Radeon Software installer is launched while Radeon Settings is open.
  • Radeon Settings “Additional Settings” option may intermittently fail to launch.
  • Users with quad Crossfire systems may be unable to re-enable Crossfire mode when using the global Crossfire option in the “Gaming” tab and toggling it from on to off.
  • Game textures in The Division exhibit flickering in Crossfire systems.
  • Intermittent stability issues with Intel Skull Canyon NUC when using AMD XConnect Technology.
  • Safe unplugging for AMD XConnect Technology results in a random BSOD.

Although there are fixed issues for Crossfire, it appears that these drivers introduce more instability than they improve it for some older games.

Known issues:

  • Some games may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved “In Game Overlay”
  • Total War: Warhammer may experience stuttering in Crossfire systems if the AMD Gaming Evolved App or Plays.Tv is running in the background. A workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved and Plays.Tv applications.
  • The Division may hang when using quad Crossfire. As a workaround users are recommended to disable Crossfire.
  • Heroes of the Storm may experience flickering on Crossfire systems.
  • AMD Crossfire mode options in Radeon Settings may not take effect on Origin or Uplay applications.
  • Forza Motorsport 6: Apex may exhibit brightness flickering when using AMD FreeSync-capable monitors.
  • Frame Rate Target Control gaming profiles may fail to enable for some games.
  • Catalyst Install Manager unable to detect the display driver during uninstallation.

This seems to be the version where support for the Radeon Pro Duo graphics card is added into the mix, so that could explain some of the unresolved issues with Crossfire on some games. Dual GPUs typically cannot have Crossfire disabled on them, and I belive that the Radeon Pro Duo might be the first to support it. Adding in that support, though, seems to have broken the delicate balance that other Crossfire systems rely on to function, so expect AMD to fix that right up in their next set of drivers.

Download ’em: Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, and Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, and Windows 10 32-bit

Geforce 368.22 Game Ready

NVIDIA’s drivers promise support for Overwatch, Total War: Warhammer, and interestingly also support some large updates that are arriving soon for World of Tanks and War Thunder. War Thunder‘s v1.59 update adds a bunch of new tanks and abilities like unguided rockets, and World of Tanks is introducing UI and graphics changes that improve performance up to 30% for some systems. There are new defaults for the graphics presets and changes to the lighting engine, bringing the game to a new version of the CoreEngine that fully supports DirectX 11.

Game Ready Settings:

New Game Ready settings have been added into Geforce Experience for:

  • Overwatch
  • World of Tanks
  • War Thunder
  • Total War: Warhammer

Resolved issues:

  • The Division exhibits stuttering after playing for extended periods longer than 20 minutes

Known issues on Windows 10:

  • Surround Display menu icon disappears after setting the rotation mode to portrait.
  • Driver fails when enabling SLI on systems with Kepler graphics cards.
  • Framerate drops on Street Fighter V when playing at 4K with SLI enabled.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Fallen Empire hangs or crashes when graphics settings are changed in-game in exclusive full-screen mode.
  • Second monitor is blanked out when enabling SLI on systems with two monitors connected.
  • Display driver fails when running the Luxmark LuxBall HDR benchmark.
  • Driver installation fails when installing Geforce Experience if the system is in Safe Mode or disconnected from the internet. (!)
  • Blank screen when resuming from shutdown or hibernation with Fast Boot enabled on tiled displays.
  • Event viewer adds error 14 pointing to the device driver when booting the system.

Known issues on Windows 8:

  • Installing driver through INF update over version 320.49 results in display flickering on 3D TV displays set to use HD3D resolutions.
  • Monitor refresh rate locks to 60Hz when changing resolutions while a 3D stereo video is being played. (Honest question, who the hell does this?)
  • Event viewer adds error 14 pointing to the device driver when booting the system.
  • NVIDIA virtual audio drivers are flagged as non-functional after installation on notebooks supporting NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching (Windows 8.0 only). Reboot your system after installation to remove the yellow flag next to the device inside Device Manager.
  • No audio or video when using the Hulu desktop application (Windows 8.0 only).
  • NVIDIA control panel colour settings have no effect on Youtube Flash videos played inside Internet Explorer 10 (Windows 8.0 only).
  • Flickering in Dragon Age II on Geforce 500 systems in SLI in some cut scenes.

Known issues on Windows 7/Vista:

  • Framerate drops on Street Fighter V when playing at 4K with SLI enabled.
  • Driver installation fails when installing Geforce Experience if the system is in Safe Mode or disconnected from the internet. (!)
  • Monitor refresh rate locks to 60Hz when changing resolutions while a 3D stereo video is being played.
  • Flickering is observed in the lighting engine for Geforce 500 GPUs while running Need for Speed: The Run.
  • Flickering is observed on SLI systems playing Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor while switching from windowed to exclusive full-screen mode.
  • F1 2011 hangs on systems with NVIDIA Quadro 4200M systems while exiting the game.
  • Flickering in Dragon Age II on Geforce 500 systems in SLI in some cut scenes.
  • Flickering is observed in the lighting engine for Geforce 400 GPUs while running Total War: Shogun 2.

Eish. That’s a lot of new issues that the driver team will have to deal with now. I’d love to know why Geforce Experience needs to be connected to the internet while installing the latest driver, because that seems like a very basic failure that should be fixed up before launch.

Download ’em: Techpowerup

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