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Nvidia and AMD release Forza Horizon 3 optimised drivers

by Mark Tyson on 22 September 2016, 10:31

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Nvidia GeForce Game Ready 372.90 WHQL drivers

Nvidia has released its Game Ready 372.90 WHQL drivers, optimised for the new Forza Horizon 3 racing game. This game is available today for buyers of the Ultimate Edition, otherwise it’s a wait until 27th September before you can start those engines.

Looking through the 372.90 driver release notes, Forza 3 is the only newly optimised game this time around. However those running SLI configurations might be happy to learn that ARK now has an SLI profile available.

As usual, there are a number of fixed issues. Several games, including Mirror's Edge Catalyst, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Start Wars the Old Republic and World of Warcraft, have had wrinkles ironed out in Windows 10. Both Windows 10 and older Windows OS versions get Ansel enabled by default in supported games, plus fixes for High DPC (Deferred Procedure Call) latency with the GTX 1080.

You can grab the latest GeForce driver here and have a thorough flick through the release notes via the subsequent PDF link.

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2

AMD's latest Radeon drivers add optimisations for just one more new game: Forza 3. As above, you get a new multi-GPU profile with this latest driver, in AMD's case it’s a DX11 CrossFire profile for Dreadnought.

The new driver brings a good collection of fixed issues with several wrinkles ironed out for RX400 series owners, DirectX 12 users, fixes for a couple of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided issues, and more. I count nine known issues that AMD is working on for upcoming driver updates, three of which involve flickering in parts of the Overwatch, Paragon and Dreadnought games.

You can read through the entire set of release notes and download AMD's Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2 here.



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Forza Horizon 3 recommended specs:

CPU i7 3820 @ 3.6GHz
GPU NVIDIA GTX 970 or NVIDIA GTX 1060
AMD R9 290X or AMD RX 480
VRAM 4GB
RAM 12GB
Hard Drive Type HDD
Available Space 55 GB
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Requires Windows Anniversary Edition 64-bit 14393.101 / DX12
FH3 sounds quite good. What are the options for buying the PC version?
kalniel
FH3 sounds quite good. What are the options for buying the PC version?

Windows 10 or nothing it would seem. I would have bought the game myself if they hadn't gimped the game in this way and just released it on steam.
kalniel
FH3 sounds quite good. What are the options for buying the PC version?

Buy it or don't buy it.

Being serious, it's been developed using UWP https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/dn975273.aspx (which is W10 only). It's a nice idea but it excludes a large chunk of the PC gaming market running W7, which is a shame.

On a positive note, the nature of UWP apps means developing XB1 and PC titles simultaneously has become a much simpler process, so you might start to see fewer console-only titles if you can face the change to W10.

I think there's not many technical barriers to releasing it on Steam (other than Steam might have to change their DLLs to support UWP apps, not 100% sure). But MS want to push their store. When that fails (I'm fairly sure it will) then stuff might start creeping over to Steam in time.
virtuo
Buy it or don't buy it.

I think there's not many technical barriers to releasing it on Steam (other than Steam might have to change their DLLs to support UWP apps, not 100% sure). But MS want to push their store. When that fails (I'm fairly sure it will) then stuff might start creeping over to Steam in time.

Quantum Break is now on Steam after poor sales from MS's store so it may hopefully be failing a bit and shows it can't be that hard to convert a UWP game to a regular executable.