Dark Souls II PC to receive graphics, performance upgrades
Dark Souls II is receiving a PC patch next year which will upgrade the visuals, performance, sound, and multiplayer capabilities of the game. On the multiplayer front, you'll be able to play with up to five other players at a time.
More details are said to come soon. For now, we just know it will release April 7, 2015.
Source: Bandai Namco Tumblr / Twitter
Dragon Age Inquisition PC Technical Review
Bioware returns to its roots with the tactics heavy Dragon Age Inquisition; read our PC review to find out how it fares in terms of PC optimization.
Dragon Age Inquisition PC Technical Review @ Rage3D.com
Samsung to launch FreeSync monitors in March 2015
At the Future of Compute event today, it was announced Samsung will launch "ultra high-definition" (UHD) monitors which integrate AMD's FreeSync technology in March of next year.
If you don't know anything about FreeSync, it allows "dynamic refresh rates synchronized to the frame rate of AMD Radeon graphics cards and APUs", the result of which is extremely low input latency and stuttering. In other words: butter smooth gameplay unlike almost anything we've seen to date.
Samsung with start with the Samsung UD590 (23.6-inch and 28-inch models) and UE850 (23.6-inch, 27-inch and 31.5-inch models). Before too long, all of its UHD lineup will use FreeSync.
Capcom adopts Mantle
Capcom has adopted AMD's Mantle API for its "Panta-Rhei" engine, so future Capcom titles using the engine will benefit from improved performance when AMD hardware is used. The news comes way of today's Future of Compute event.
Capcom is the latest addition to the lineup of Mantle supporters, which includes big names DICE, Bioware, Nixxes, Crytek, and Firaxis.
Geforce 344.75 drivers optimize performance, add MFAA
NVIDIA has released its Geforce 344.75 certified drivers.
This release contains performance improvements for Dragon Age Inquisition, Far Cry 4, The Crew, and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, and adds the new
The release also includes multi-framed sample aliasing (MFAA). MFAA is described as another high impact, low performance cost anti-aliasing method that's suitable even for 4K resolution.
Hit the source for full details and the download (or get the driver through Geforce Experience).
Catalyst 14.11.2 beta driver improves Dragon Age Inquisition, Far Cry 4 performance
AMD has released its Catalyst 14.11.2 beta driver. This release focuses on performance optimizations for new releases Dragon Age Inquisition and Far Cry 4.
For Dragon Age, you get a Crossfire profile and a minor performance improvement (5%) while using a single GPU and AA. For Far Cry, you a major performance improvement (50%) while using a single GPU and AA.
Hit the source for the full notes and driver.
Final Fantasy XIII will get 1080p support, graphics options
Final Fantasy XIII was released on PC finally to the excitement of series fans, only to let them down when they realized what a rough port it is.
Fortunately, that will get better: Square Enix has announced they'll be adding graphics options and support for 1080p in an upcoming patch. You can expect it at the beginning of December.
Related note: Final Fantasy XIII-2 will release December 11, this time with "new features and enhancements" (quite likely this means the graphics options and 1080p support its predecessor is getting). You can see the trailer for it below.
Source: Steam Community
AMD, NVIDIA release drivers for Assassin's Creed Unity
Ubisoft has launched Assassin's Creed Unity, and both AMD and NVIDIA have you covered with new drivers optimized specifically for the game in single GPU and multi-GPU configurations.
That's everything new for the NVIDIA driver; the AMD driver also includes Call of Duty Advanced Warfare optimizations (a 'corruption' fix for Crossfire users, up to 30% performance improvement with FXAA and lower resolutions, and also better Crossfire performance). AMD notes arious issues, mostly Crossfire related, still persist in Warfare and Unity; at least some are being worked on.
Grab your driver of choice via Catalyst Control Center, Geforce Experience, or the source.
Source: AMD / Geforce
Firefox adds support for "real privacy" search engine DuckDuckGo
Firefox has added search engine DuckDuckGo to its browser as of version 33.1. Like Mozilla, the folks at DuckDuckGo have a very keen interest in respecting user privacy (they don't track your searches), so it makes sense the two would team up.
DuckDuckGo has no ads as far as I can tell, and has customizable features and appearance, keyboard shortcuts, and more. You can find out more about it here.
Source: DuckDuckGo Blog
Far Cry 4 video shows off NVIDIA technologies
A new video released by Ubisoft does a good job of showing off the various NVIDIA implemented technologies in Far Cry 4 on PC. Among them: HairWorks, HBAO+, Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows (PCSS), TXAA, God Rays, and more. See them in action below.
Geforce 344.60 drivers include Call of Duty Advanced Warfare optimizations
NVIDIA has released its 344.60 drivers, which add in optimizations for the freshly released Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. It also includes Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) from the last set of drivers.
Grab them at the source or through Geforce Experience now.
Far Cry 4 system requirements include GTX 680 / R9 290X
Ubisoft has revealed the official system requirements for the forthcoming Far Cry 4. If these are anything to go by, the game will scale very well across a wide range of systems.
IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Stalingrad PC Technical Review
New developer 1C Game Studios tries their hand at lauded flight sim series with IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Stalingrad. See how the game fares in terms of PC features and performance with our tech review.
IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Stalingrad PC Technical Review @ Rage3D.com
Catalyst 14.9.2 beta driver enables Mantle for Civilization Beyond Earth
AMD has released its Catalyst 14.9.2 beta driver.
This release is mainly about enabling Mantle for strategy game Civilization Beyond Earth, but it also includes fixes for various issues in a number of games, most of them performance related. Among the games affected: Total War Rome 2, Watch Dogs, and Shadow of Mordor.
Hit the source for the driver and full details.
Watch Dogs PC patch improves performance on newer cards
Ubisoft has released a small but sweet patch for Watch Dogs on PC.
This one is said to improve performance on newer cards (770 and equivalent onward). It also includes some optimizations which could better performance on all cards, and also when using Ultra textures.
If you're an NVIDIA user, the company urges you to download the latest drivers, also.
Grab the update through Uplay.
Source: Ubisoft forums
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