AMD Catalyst 15.11.1 Beta Driver for Fallout 4 and Black Ops III Released

The new AMD Catalyst 15.11.1 Beta driver has been released, bringing with it quality and performance optimisation for Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, and Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Presumably the new driver fixes the DX11/Crossfire flickering problem reported with the last version, since it is no longer listed as a known issue.

The AMD Catalyst 15.11.1 Beta driver release notes are as follows:

Highlights of AMD Catalyst 15.11.1 Beta Windows Driver

Performance Optimizations

Includes quality and performance optimizations for the following titles:

Star Wars: Battlefront

Fallout 4

Assassin’s Creed® Syndicate

Call of Duty® : Black Ops III

Known Issues:

[80314] Assassin’s Creed® Syndicate – Game cannot be launched in full screen mode on some laptop systems  with an Intel processor and an AMD graphics device

[80119] Star Wars :  Battlefront – Game cannot be launched in full screen mode on some laptop systems with an Intel processor and an AMD graphics device.

[79824] Call of Duty® : Black Ops III – Flickering may be observed when running the game in DirectX® 11  mode and with AMD Crossfire enabled

[59475] Elite: Dangerous – poor performance may be experienced in SuperCruise mode

[78912] A black screen may be experienced on booting Windows® 10 on some systems with switchable graphics  –  with AMD Radeon HD5000 series graphics cards,  when connected to an HDMI monitor

[99999] Far Cry 4: The game may hang on launch on some AMD Radeon 200 and 300 series products under Windows® 7 and Windows® 8.1

The driver can be downloaded here.

NVIDIA GeForce 358.50 WHQL Driver Released for Star Wars: Battlefront

The Latest NVIDIA GeForce 358.50 WHQL Driver has been released, bringing with it a new GeForce Game Ready driver for the Beta release of Star Wars: Battlefront, which includes new features and functionality for the GameWorks VR SDK, and support for the latest OpenGL ARB extensions and OpenGL ES 3.2.

Highlights from the NVIDIA GeForce 358.50 WHQL driver release notes include:

GameWorks VR Support
Updated driver support for the GameWorks VR SDK, adding VR SLI enhancements and bug fixes.

Gaming Technology
Supports OpenGL 2015 ARB extensions and OpenGL ES 3.2.

Windows 10
-Added SLI support for ShadowPlay and GameStream.
-Added Stereo support for DirectX 12 SLI and 3D Surround.

NVIDIA Control Panel
3D Settings->Manage 3D Settings page: Added controls for forcing the use of the integrated graphics processor or the NVIDIA GPU on Optimus notebooks.

Application SLI Profiles
Added or updated the following SLI profiles:
• Layers of Fear – DirectX 11 SLI profile added
• Miscreated – DirectX 11 SLI profile added
• Trainz: A New Era – DirectX 11 SLI profile added
• Zui Zhong Bing Qi – DirectX 11 SLI profile added

3D Vision Profiles
Added or updated the following 3DV profiles:
• The Moonlight Blade – Fair
• The Park – Not recommended
• Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide – Fair

3D Compatibility Mode Profiles
These games must be run in DirectX 10/11 mode to see improvements and are not compatible with 3D Vision Surround mode. 
Added or updated the following compatibility mode profiles:
• Mad Max – Excellent
• Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Excellent
• Total War: Arena – Excellent

Software Modules
• NView – version 146.78 c
• HD Audio Driver – version
• NVIDIA PhysX System Software – version 9.15.0428
• GeForce Experience – version
• CUDA – version 7.5

The NVIDIA GeForce 358.50 WHQL driver can be downloaded here.

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Star Wars: Battlefront PC Requirements Revealed

Star Wars Battlefront’s release is tantalizing close and EA has scheduled a Beta phase to mark this momentous occasion. As you might expect from DICE, the PC release is visually stunning due to the Frostbite 3 engine. Throughout DICE’s history, they have attempted to bring a certain visual flair to each PC release and thoroughly test the best configurations on the market. To prepare users for the upcoming Beta, EA has announced the minimum and recommend specification:

Minimum PC System Requirements:

OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
Processor (Intel): Intel i3 6300T or equivalent
Memory: 8GB RAM
Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
Graphics card (ATI): ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB
DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Recommended PC System Requirements:

OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
Processor (Intel): Intel i5 6600 or equivalent
Memory: 16GB RAM
Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

The minimum specification isn’t overly taxing and should be suitable for any system from the past few years. However, 16GB RAM seems absurdly high on the recommend section considering most games don’t even come close to utilizing 8GB. Apart from this anomaly, every other aspect appears to indicate a scalable PC version.

At the time of writing, some early access copies have already been issued to press outlets and streamers with a large audience. Patience is key though, as a large roll-out should happen extremely soon and there’s no need to spend ages retweeting or sharing social media posts for a code.

Are you looking forward to Star Wars Battlefront?

AMD Catalyst 15.9 Beta Driver Released

AMD has announced the release of its new Catalyst beta driver (15.9) which optimises its graphics cards for the beta release of Star Wars: Battlefront and Fable Legends’ DirectX 12 Benchmark, suggesting that the latter is set for release very soon.

The Catalyst 15.9 Beta driver’s changelog is as follows:

Highlights of AMD Catalyst 15.9 Beta Windows Driver

Performance Optimizations
-Star Wars: Battlefront Beta ***8208; Performance and quality optimizations Fable Legends : Includes the latest DirectX 12 optimizations for the Fable Legends: Benchmark.

Resolved Issues:
-Diablo 3 crashes in the Act 2 Desolate Sands area of the game
-The AMD Catalyst Control Center ‘update’ option fails to download the latest driver
-Dragon Age: Inquisition may crash if launched in Mantle mode
-The DirectX® Diagnostic tool does not report DirectX® 12 available on supported products
-World of Warships may crash on some AMD Radeon HD5000 and HD6000 series products
-Assassin’s Creed® Unity may experience minor frame stutter when -AMD CrossFire mode is enabled
-Anti Aliasing settings not being retained after changes are applied
-Some BENQ 144hz Freesync monitors may lose the signal while uninstalling the driver
-DiRT Rally crashes during gameplay and benchmarking when launched in DirectX® 11 mode on some BENQ 144HZ Freesync monitors

Known Issues:
-GTA V crashes on some AMD Radeon R9 390X GPU’s
-Star Wars: Battlefront Bata ***8208; Flickering may be experience if AMD Crossfire is enabled
-Corruption may occur in DiRT Rally with CMAA enabled with Portrait SLS and AMD CrossFire mode enabled
-A black screen may be encountered on bootup on Windows 10 systems. The system will ultimately continue to the Windows login screen.
-Intermittent playback issues with Cyberlink PoweDVD when connecting to a 3D display with an HDMI cable
-A TDR error may be experienced while toggling between minimized and maximized mode while viewing 4K Youtube content
-Elite: Dangerous ***8208; poor performance may be experienced in SuperCruise mode
-Final Fantasy XIV ***8208; Heavensward may crash when run in DirectX 11® mode and borderless window mode
-Some applications may fail to launch on some Mobility platforms when launched in High Performance mode
-Windows 10 driver installation may halt on some systems with an AMD 990FX chipset and AMD CrossFire enabled
-Mad Max ***8208; Color corruption is observed when Alt+Ctrl+Del is pressed followed by the Escape key

AMD’s Catalyst 15.9 beta driver can be downloaded here.


NVIDIA Releases GeForce 355.98 WHQL Driver

NVIDIA has released the NVIDIA GeForce 355.98 WHQL driver for its graphics cards. The driver is optimised to provide the best possible experience for playing Killing Floor 2, while also patching problems with the alpha build of the forthcoming Star Wars: Battlefront and updating the GameWorks VR SDK features and functionality.

The list of key features, courtesy of NVIDIA:

Game Ready
Best gaming experience for Killing Floor 2

New GeForce GPU
Supports the new GeForce GTX 980 for notebooks, based upon the second-generation Maxwell architecture

GameWorks VR Support
Updated driver support for GameWorks VR SDK, adding notebook support, VR SLI enhancements, and bug fixes.

Windows 10 Fixed Issues
***61557; [355.82] Memory clock reported as 0 MHz if P-state is P0. At times, same report with
P2 P-state. [200135032]
***61557; [353.62, GM204] Thunderbird mail client is choppy when G-Sync windowed mode is
enabled. [1673997]
***61557; [SLI, Stereo] Batman: Arkham Origins crashes when launched from task bar following
an Alt+Tab. [1673119]

Windows 8.1/Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista Fixed Issues
***61557; [355.82] Memory clock reported as 0 MHz if P-state is P0. At times, same report with
P2 P-state. [200135032]
***61557; [Star Wars: Battlefront SLI Profile] Reflection envmaps flicker. [1676284]
***61557; [353.62, GM204] Thunderbird mail client is choppy when G-Sync windowed mode is
enabled. [1673997]

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Star Wars: Battlefront Beta Available Offline and to Everyone

EA has confirmed that next month’s beta release of its forthcoming Star Wars: Battlefront, developed by DICE, will be available to everyone who wants to play it, in both online and offline modes. Matthew Everett, the Community Manager for Star Wars: Battlefront, made the announcement on the game’s EA blog.

“[T]he beta will consist of both our offline and online modes including co-op and split-screen co-op, and it will take place on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and via Origin for PC, so we have you covered regardless of your next generation platform of choice,” Everett wrote.

The beta build of the game will include the 40-player Walker Assault on Hoth that we brought you leaked footage of recently, plus a second mission, Drop Zone on Sullust, and a Survival Mission mode set on Tatooine, which can be played solo, co-op, or online co-op.

Everett promises, “Keep your eyes peeled for myself and many other developers during the live beta as we have some cool stuff planned.” He later revealed, in a Community Questions feature, that AI bots will be available in multiplayer (10 on each side) and that players will get a primary blaster with a hand of Star Cards for customisation.

Thank you Star Wars: Battlefront Blog for providing us with this information.

Star Wars: Battlefront Leaked Alpha Footage Shows Hoth Assault

Footage from the closed alpha build of Star Wars: Battlefront has leaked, showing 10 glorious minutes of the Empire’s assault on the Rebel’s secret base on the ice planet of Hoth. The alpha testing, which began back in July and had thousands of applicants, was opened up to a few lucky EA Origin users in preparation for the game’s full release on 17th November.

The footage shows the 20 vs 20 Walker Assault on Hoth; Imperial Snowtroopers, flanked by hulking AT-ATs and Imperial probe droids, with TIE fighters swooping overhead, storm across snowfields towards the rebel base. We get a thorough look at the detailed map – full of snowy mountains, turrets, and trenches – and the soldier’s equipment during the fast-paced battle, including blasters and jetpacks.

Both Rebel and Imperial perspectives are showcased, and we even follow Snowtroopers as they enter the base through its large hanger bay. Sadly absent is the sight of a Snowspeeder taking down an Imperial walker with its grappling line, but we do get a glimpse of the level’s objectives, which includes taking out the Rebel communications uplink.

EA and DICE are planning to launch the beta version of Star Wars: Battlefront for testing through Origin in early October.

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Sony Teases Limited Edition Star Wars Darth Vader PS4

In sync with the release of The Force Awakens, Star Wars Battlefront and Disney Infinity 3.0, Sony is partnering with Disney to release two limited edition Darth Vader PS4s console bundles. Each of the bundles come with a special Darth Vader lid, a special DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller inspired by Darth Vader’s control panel and other Star Wars related games and items.

Set to coincide with the release of Star Wars Battlefront in November, the first bundle is not surprisingly, with a copy of Star Wars Battlefront, and the second is with Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition. The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition is a Walmart exclusive for some reason which probably means some regions won’t get it as well. The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition also gets a Rise Against the Empire Play Set Pack (featuring Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa figures, as well the Rise Against the Empire Play Set piece), and the Boba Fett figure.

Both bundles also get 4 additional titles, with remastered versions of classics like Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter and Star Wars Bounty Hunter. All 4 titles also feature improved trophy support for those that are into collecting them. For those that are interested in these 4 classics and the PS4 bundle, but no Battlefront or Disney Infinity 3.0, there is a separate bundle with just the Darth Vader PS4 set and the 4 classic titles available. There is no word yet on pricing and you can watch the reveal trailer below.

Star Wars: Battlefront Won’t Have Split Screen Support on the PC

If some of you were hoping to play Star Wars: Battlefront in split screen mode on the PC, I’m afraid that I have some disappointing news. Based on a series of new FAQ notes released by DICE and Electronic Arts, the upcoming Star Wars game will not feature split-screen support on the PC even though its console versions will boast this feature. It’s hard to tell exactly why the developers chose this route, but it may be because they thought that PC gamers would not have much use for this particular gaming mode. Nevertheless, it’s still a sting for some PC gamers out there, but hopefully it won’t affect the game’s popularity too much.

The FAQ notes also state that players will not gain career multiplayer experience by playing Missions. Instead, they will get credits that will be used to purchase unlocks. The developers also wanted us to know that we won’t be able to control Y-wings, and they also shed some light on a new gaming mode named Walker Assault.

“In Walker Assault, vehicles are tied to the power up system. When you find a vehicle power up on the map, you will need to activate it, which immediately spawns you inside the vehicle. Vehicle power ups specifically must be used within a certain amount of time. This is a design decision to allow more equal distribution of the vehicle power ups amongst all players.”

Are you looking forward to Star Wars: Battlefront?

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New Gameplay Trailers Show Star Wars Battlefront Could Live Up to the Hype

Thanks to two gameplay trailers debuted at E3 yesterday, it seems as though Star Wars Battlefront – the third game in the series, despite the lack of numeration in the title, developed by EA-owned DICE – may well live up to the excellence of its predecessors, nay, dare I say it, exceed them.

The first video shows us the defence of the Rebel base on the ice planet Hoth from attacking Imperial troops, taken straight out of The Empire Strikes Back. The POV character is seen storming down brilliant white corridors and into a hanger, replete with X-Wings and Snowspeeders, finally taking up a defensive position next to what looks like Nien Nunb, Lando Calrissian’s  co-pilot in the Millennium Falcon during the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. The ensuing battle takes us outside, where TIE Fighters growl overhead and AT-ATs stomp menacingly forward.

The trailer also shows the battle from the Empire’s perspective, putting you in the body of a Snowtrooper, mowing down Rebel Alliance fighters with your E11 blaster, and even gives the player the opportunity to power a beastly AT-AT themselves. What’s that? You’d rather take down one of those four-legged assault vehicles in a Snowspeeder? Well, you can do that, too:

The second trailer takes us to a rocky desert-like planet, which may or may not be Tatooine – though, it could just as easily be Jakku, a setting which will feature heavily in the forthcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – where Rebel squadrons traverse a rocky sandscape, guided by a holographic Admiral Ackbar. Star Destroyers loom overhead, scaping the planet’s atmosphere, while jet-packed soldiers pick off waves of enemy troops. The video ends with the glorious sight of a Return of the Jedi-era Luke Skywalker, donned in black, come lightsaber-to-lightsaber with Darth Vader himself.

Star Wars Battlefront is due for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on 17th November.

Star Wars Battlefront Available First for Xbox One

The third instalment in the Star Wars Battlefront series will be playable first by Xbox One users, a Microsoft executive has revealed on Twitter. The news is unsurprising, since EA tends to release game five days early on Xbox One for members of the EA Access Program, but this marks the first confirmation that Xbox gamers are set to enjoy the game before anyone else.

Xbox Product Manager Aaron Greenberg said on Twitter, in response to an Xbox fan:

EA Access, which is only available on Xbox One, costs £3.99 per month and offers members access to a plethora of existing EA games for free, plus discounts on games and early access to new releases.

The latest Star Wars Battlefront game, unlike the previous entries in the series, is being developed by DICE, the studio responsible for the Battlefield franchise and Mirror’s Edge, which became a subsidiary of EA back in 2004. The first two critically-acclaimed Star Wars Battlefront were produced by Rebellion, but the studio lost the series when in 2013 EA obtained exclusive rights to develop Star Wars games.

The new Star Wars Battlefront will also be available for PlayStation 4 and PC and is due for release around Christmas 2015. The game will debut at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California which runs from 16th to 19th April.

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DICE Confirms New Screenshot of Star Wars: Battlefront

The Star Wars: Battlefront title will have its debut at the Star Wars Celebration on April 17th. Until then, DICE appears to be eager to share some in-game footage with its fans, having Lead Level Designer, Dennis Brannvall, confirming that what we view below is really in-game footage.

The game is said to use DICE’s Frostbite engine, therefore players should expect the highest quality on the market in terms of graphics. A new trailer is said to come during the Star Wars Celebration, but until then, here is the E3 2014 trailer to keep your hype up.

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Frostbite Technical Director Wants DirectX 12 as a Requirement for 2016 Holiday Games

DirectX 12 is almost here and big name gaming companies already want to have it as a requirement for their next games. Frostbite’s technical director, Johan Andersson, is one of the people who expressed interest to have DirectX 12, Windows 10 and WDDM 2.0 as minimum requirements for the Holiday 2016 Frostbite-powered games.

Andersson believes that gamers will take advantage of the free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10 that will be available during the first year, having the move be the decisive turning point for the company to make the decision of switching to DirectX 12 as a requirement.

The technical director appears to have also hinted at some engine upgrades done recently, which we will probably see in future games that are about to be released. We might even see the new upgrades in the Star Wars: Battlefront title that will be released later this year.

Frostbite clearly indicated that it is one of the game companies to embrace DirectX 12 once it rolls out. If the company truly makes the latter technology a requirement, we might be looking at Mass Effect 4 or even Battlefield 5 as strong candidates that will be shipped with DirectX 12 support during the 2016 holiday.

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Star Wars: Battlefront Teaser Takes us Back to Hoth

Ahead of next month’s unveiling at Star Wars Celebration, EA has revealed a 30-second teaser trailer for DICE’s first/third-person tactical shooter Star Wars: Battlefront, due out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC this Christmas to coincide with the cinema release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

The teaser, which doesn’t show any in-game footage, takes us back to Hoth, the ice planet from The Empire Strikes Back:

The Star Wars Celebration, at which Star Wars: Battlefront will get its official reveal, takes place in Anaheim, California from 16th to 19th April.

Source: EuroGamer