Drivers at the speed of Steam
One of the major benefits of Valve's Steam platform is that it keeps everything up to date automatically. Getting games running with the latest patches is no longer a hassle and happens as an almost completely seamless process. Now that same luxury has been extended to video-card drivers.
AMD has announced a partnership with Valve to deliver the latest ATI Catalyst software to PCs using Steam. This will mean that updates should be delivered to your computer as soon as they are released whenever you fire-up the program.
Corporate VP Ben Bar-Haim noted that, "AMD Gaming Evolved and Valve share the belief that ‘Gamers Come First' - we now have the opportunity to work together to help ensure the best possible experience for PC gamers".
Valve's Jason Holtman added that, "PC gamers demand the most of their gaming hardware and providing these updates automatically will help ensure those playing via Steam are playing at optimal performance".
Presumably the drivers will still be available for direct download from the company's website, though making them available through Steam just means that there's one less thing to worry about.
This move is a part of the GPU-maker's ongoing 'Gaming Evolved' program that the company claims will help to foster the PC gaming-market by working with gamers and developers.
There are no details on when drivers will become available, but we'd expect to find them on Steam around the time of the upcoming Catalyst 10.9 release.