Advanced Micro Devices is launching an update for its Radeon graphics drivers that will help PC gamers enjoy more power-efficient gameplay during the holiday season.
The No. 2 maker of graphics and processor chips is launching its Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition today to enable more high-performance gaming and better stability for consumers, professionals, and developers.
More than 400 million people play PC games using Radeon graphics, and Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD periodically releases new updates of the driver software that makes games work properly on AMD hardware.
The new edition enables power-efficient gameplay with Radeon Chill and seamless in-game screen capture and streaming with Radeon ReLive. For designers, content creators, and game developers, Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition delivers productivity and stability with up to 30 percent performance improvements in key applications.
“With Radeon Software, we’ve continued to set the highest standards by delivering the most complete and reliable software stack for gamers and creators, and one of the most community-lauded user interfaces,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect of AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group, in a statement. “Crimson ReLive Edition lets gamers share their biggest gaming victories, and gives creators free open source tools and rock solid stability.”
With Radeon ReLive, gamers can “relive” their gameplay by capturing, streaming, and sharing recorded gaming sessions. Highly efficient with minimal impact to gameplay, Radeon ReLive enables seamless playback of ReLive recordings via an easily accessible in-game toolbar, and offers quick and convenient customizable settings, custom scene layouts, and more, AMD said. With Radeon ReLive, gamers now have a way to capture gaming highlights, and share their gaming exploits and conquests with online friends and competitors – all integrated within Radeon Software. The feature competes with Nvidia’s existing ShadowPlay gameplay capturing.
And Radeon Chill is a power-efficient framerate controller for Radeon graphics that dynamically regulates framerate based on the speed of the mouse movements. Radeon Chill builds on a feature originally developed by HiAlgo and is designed to reduce system power consumption while maintaining an excellent end-user gaming experience, enabling smooth gameplay without noticeable impact to performance while maintaining a cooler and quieter system
The software also enables AMD’s LiquidVR technology to deliver better realistic VR experiences with MultiView and MultiRes rendering and Asynchronous Space Warp for Oculus Rift.
Bethesda and id Software are giving you (more) hell, and — in this case — that’s a good thing.
The publisher and developer updated their excellent sci-fi shooter Doom today with another free update. This patch introduces a number of new features for multiplayer and the SnapMap create-a-level modes. The update is also huge as it requires a 12GB download on PC. That’s not unusual for Doom, which launched in May. Bethesda has introduced patches that are around this size every couple of months.
Bethesda also revealed that id Software will launch the third and final paid downloadable content, called Bloodfall, later this month. It will give you the chance to play as the Spectre Pinky demon, which can turn invisible, in three original maps. Bloodfall will hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on December 15.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s new in the free update:
- Infernal Run game type: A team mode where players must try to control a ball and get it in the opponent’s goal.
- Bots: Computer-controlled enemies for playing the competitive modes offline.
- New level cap: Achieving Echelon 11 will unlock Doom’s Praetor Suit.
- You can now play as the Doom Marine in the Praetor Suit armor.
- Creators can now use more elements from the campaign.
- Modules and props themed after the Lazarus Lab level.
Since this update is so heavily focused on multiplayer, Bethesda is also holding a “double XP” weekend where players can rack up extra experience points. That begins tonight, December 7, and it continues through December 12.