AMD FreeSync Crossfire Support Delayed
AMD has posted a Freesync multi-GPU support status update in their forums. Summary: delayed, with no updated release date.
AMD fans have been outspoken about their love for the smooth gameplay of AMD FreeSync™ technology, and have understandably been excited about the prospect of using compatible monitors with the incredible performance of an AMD CrossFire™ configuration.
DiRT RALLY is PC exclusive, available now
Codemasters has gone PC exclusive with its next title, DiRT Rally, the next entry in its collection of rally racing games. Anyone well-versed in PC gaming knows just how much of a difference PC exclusivity makes in the quality of a title, so this is great news.
The company says its started from the ground up with this one, rebuilding simulation and driving models for maximum authenticity.
Rally is available now via Steam Early Acess.
Batman Arkham Knight system requirements include GTX 980
NVIDIA has revealed the system requirements for the upcoming action game Batman Arkham Knight. Assuming these are indeed accurate, the game will scale extremely well across many different hardware tiers. See them for yourself below.
Grand Theft Auto V mod lets you adjust Field of View
Modder "DrDaxxy" has released a mod for the freshly released Grand Theft Auto V which lets you adjust the Field of View in-game for a wider perspective, as you see fit (screenshot comparison here).
Disclaimer: there's a chance, albeit somewhat small, that this will ban you from multiplayer. If you don't care about multiplayer or just feel ballsy, have at it.
Download the mod and see instructions at the source.
AMD, NVIDIA release drivers for Grand Theft Auto V
Both AMD and NVIDIA have released drivers today optimized for the impending and highly anticipated PC launch of Grand Theft Auto V.
AMD's driver (15.4 beta) is called Grand Theft Auto V Optimized, and for good reason. Apart from the driver performance optimizations for the game, AMD worked closely with Rockstar, and as part of that collaboration the game features AMD’s Contact Hardening Shadows (CHS).
This technique dynamically hardens or softens a shadow’s edges depending on the distance of the shadow from the light source and object casting that shadow. This means softer shadows that diffuse more realistically. To enable CHS in the game, simply select AMD CHS from the ’Soft Shadows’ drop down menu. The game also has a built-in benchmark, which should make it easy to test different hardware configurations.
The driver also includes a variety of Crossfire profiles and Crossfire updates, stability and tearing fixes for Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, and Far Cry 4. Download it here.
NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready Driver for Grand Theft Auto V, meanwhile, is WHQL certified and includes SLI and 3D Vision profiles. You can download it here or through Geforce Experience.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided supports TressFX and DirectX 12
A sequel to the thoroughly good Deus Ex: Human Revolution is in the works. Named Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (not the greatest title), it will support both AMD's TressFX hair technology as well as Microsoft's DirectX 12 (which is said to massively improve performance).
Check out the CGI trailer below if you like.
Source: Square Enix Blog / Twitter
Pillars of Eternity 1.03 patch released, fixes lots of bugs
The 1.03 patch for superb RPG Pillars of Eternity is now out, and it's a big one.
While there aren't any flashy additions, there is a long list of bug fixes, some of them very key, like the double click equip bug that removed passive abilities, and the bug that caused certain equipment to mistakenly buff character stats permanently. These fixes and more are said to be retroactive, although I have heard from players that the latter is not.
Other changes include an antialiasing option and brighter map display.
Hit the source for the full list of changes, and boot Steam for the patch. Unfortunately, GOG and Origin have their own QA, so it's estimated you'll have to wait 1-2 days to get the patch for those versions.
Shadow Warrior patch upgrades graphics to DirectX 11
A patch has released for PC action game Shadow Warrior. With it comes an exciting list of changes, many of them visual.
The big one is a graphical upgrade to DirectX 11, but you also get optimizations to 32-bit and 64-bit builds and SSAO and Mirror Effects optimizations.
Hit the source for the full notes; grab the patch via Steam.
Futuremark announces a 3DMark API Overhead feature test
Futuremark announced the new 3DMark API Overhead feature test – the world’s first independent test for measuring differences in DirectX 12, DirectX 11 and Mantle API performance. Microsoft’s DirectX 12 dramatically improves multithread scaling and CPU performance, the extent of the improvement is profoundly exemplified in 3DMark’s new feature test. This is also the very first public application to use DirectX 12, so if you are one of those Windows insiders that are running the latest 10041 build of Windows 10, now is your chance to have a preview of the next generation of graphics.
There has been much talk this year of new graphics APIs that let developers code 'close to the metal.' And though it's natural to think of the GPU, the benefits of APIs with lower overhead are actually achieved by making better use of multi-core CPUs to streamline code execution and eliminate software bottlenecks, particularly for draw calls.The API Overhead feature test is available now in the latest version of 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 PC Performance Review
We put Resident Evil Revelations 2 through its paces and see how it stacks up performance-wise. Get the skinny on framerate, scaling, frame time latency, and more.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 PC Performance Review @ Rage3D.com
Catalyst 15.3 beta driver introduces FreeSync
AMD has released its 15.3 Catalyst beta driver today. This is no ordinary release: while you do get the usual treats and fixes, you also get FreeSync.
The jist of FreeSync is it's AMD's answer to NVIDIA's G-Sync, which is to say it eliminates tearing and stuttering, or at least does its darndest. The main advantage it has over G-Sync is no proprietary hardware is required, and so no extra costs are introduced: just buy a normal-priced FreeSync capable monitor and you're good to go (you can find a list at the source).
In a blog post announcing the driver, AMD refers to an AnandTech G-Sync review which notes NVIDIA's tech introduces 1ms of latency, then claims FreeSync does not do this.
Apart from FreeSync support, the drivers add support for R9 285 Mixed Rotation Eyefinity, and include a variety of Crossfire Profiles and Profile updates and bug fixes.
Grab the driver and check out the release notes here.
Source: AMD Blog
Google warns of unauthorized TLS certificates trusted by almost all OSes
In a blog post today, titled Maintaining Digital Certificate Security, Google security engineer Adam Langley revealed a security lapse involving TLS certificates.
On Friday, March 20th, we became aware of unauthorized digital certificates for several Google domains. The certificates were issued by an intermediate certificate authority apparently held by a company called MCS Holdings. This intermediate certificate was issued by CNNIC.
Source & Full Blog Post: Google Online Security Blog
Geforce 347.88 driver is optimized for Hardline and Titan X
NVIDIA has released its Geforce 347.88 driver. With this release comes performance optimizations for the newly released Battlefield Hardline, support for the new monster Titan X GPU, and new SLI profiles (for Hardline and some indie titles).
Grab it now via the source or through Geforce Experience.
Evolve 1.1 patch improves performance, adds FOV slider, more
The 1.1 patch for shooter Evolve is out on PC, and with it comes a number of key changes and improvements.
The biggest items are the ever-important FOV slider, an FPS fix for some users, better DirectX stability, better support for shared memory GPUs, a fix for the disappearing/persistent cursor issue. Less big: a fix for a shadow rendering bug, improved support for 21:9 monitors, and a few bug fixes.
Grab it through Steam now.
Dying Light PC Performance Review
We put Dying Light through its paces and see how it stacks up performance-wise. Get the skinny on framerate, scaling, frame time latency, and more.
Dying Light PC Performance Review @ Rage3D.com
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