AMD updates its Radeon Software drivers with Watch Dogs 2 support

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AMD has chosen November to release their fifth hotfix, that revamps their graphics driver suite. The primary feature of the Radeon graphics card is to add game-specific support for Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs 2. The update has hit the PC on 29th November that is Tuesday, but was released on Monday.

Listed as Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.11.5, the latest update addresses several issues in a couple of games. It also adds a DirectX 11-related AMD Crossfire profile for Bethesda’s Dishonored 2, as suggested by patch notes. Apart from these overhauls, the update also fixes flickering issues with CrossFire setups in The Division and Battlefield 1.

So, gamers who are all set to enter Ubisoft’s latest open-world title, should grab these drivers right away.

Though they have to watch out or several hardware requirements, if they want to score a copy of Watch Dogs 2.

Minimum System Requirements:

Minimum Recommended
Operating system: Windows 7 SP1/8.1/10 64-bit Windows 7 SP1/8.1/10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5 GHz
AMD FX 6120 @ 3.5GHz
Intel Core i5-3470 @ 3.2 GHz
AMD FX 8120 @ 3.9GHz
Memory: 6GB 8GB
Storage: 50GB 50GB
Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB AMD Radeon R9 290 3GB

Coming over to the still ‘unresolved issues’, Dishonored 2 won’t work in Crossfire mode on Windows 7. So, bad news for multi-GPU gamers clinging to the pre-Modern experience. Then there is the persisting problem with launching some games when the third-party Raptr’s game overlay is enabled. The several other miscellanea; issues with the older versions, that includes occasional crashes in Doom and Dota 2 when using those games’ Vulkan back-ends, streaming video using the H.264 format may cause graphical corruption on Polaris cards.

It isn’t all that bad though, as no driver update has ever been ‘perfect’, and to flatten it out, AMD has themselves listed all possible game-related problems in the patch notes.

Game: Problem:
Dishonored 2 – CrossFire mode is disabled on Windows 7.
Watch Dogs 2 – Flickering or game crashing when using multiple Radeon RX 480 cards in CrossFire mode.
Doom – Possible crash when using Vulkan on some Graphics Core Next cards.
DOTA 2 – Possible crash when launching with Vulkan enabled on some Graphics Core Next cards.
Overwatch – CrossFire mode may cause flickering on the main menu or when viewing character models.
FIFA 17 – The game may hang or have a black screen at launch on select Hybrid Graphics or AMD PowerXpress mobile configurations.
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