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AMD has rolled out the eagerly anticipated Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver, bringing its graphics card drivers up to version 16.12.1. This big hitting driver release gazumps Nvidia in a number of key areas, adding revamped game capture and streaming, performance boosts up to 8%, Chill power-saving, Radeon WattMan performance and overclocking control, overhauled FreeSync technology, HDR support and VP9 Decode Acceleration for 4K, 60 FPS, GPU accelerated streaming through Chrome.
Dean Hall, of DayZ fame and ex-Bohemia Interactive employee, has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Intel i7 CPU exclusive DLC for Arizona Sunshine. He believes exclusives are a necessity for sustaining games development, particularly when growing niche markets such as virtual reality.
The latest free Rocket League update is out. Rocket League patch 1.25 Starbase ARC is, as you no doubt guessed, sci-fi flavoured, adding in a new map set in the midst of a star battle and playable in Ranked Playlists. That’s not all either, because there’s new map variations, a Custom Training editor tool and Steam Workshop support for custom maps from the PC community.
Last month Microsoft announced its initiative to bring a range of affordable VR devices to Windows 10. There's going to be a whole bunch of headsets created in conjunction with a number of VR manufacturers, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo. In theory this means offering VR experiences for all. Widespread adoption is going to hinge on how demanding the experience is, however. Here's the official minimum specs for Windows 10 VR so you can see just what is required.
It looks as if as part of DOOM’s latest (mammoth) update, Bethesda and id Software have decided to patch out Denuvo anti-tamper DRM. As you’re no doubt aware, Denuvo isn’t too popular with PC players, potentially rendering a game unplayable in certain circumstances.
We’ve talked before about the possibly of Nvidia and AMD releasing graphics card exclusive content, but how about CPU exclusivity? Vertigo Games, developer of VR zombie slasher Arizona Sunshine, did just that, at least for a brief while. Features of the game were locked depending on whether or not players had the Intel Core i7 “[Vertigo] have recommended”. Evidently seeing the error of its ways, Vertigo Games has swiftly removed the requirement and issued a statement.
The never-ending Tales series is back next month with Tales of Berseria, an epic journey of self discovery for Velvet. She's the first chief protagonist from the long-running franchise to be female, to the best of my knowledge, and she's harboring extreme hatred due to events which took place prior to the game. It's textbook JRPG stuff, no doubt offering up more than 100 hours of gameplay as players explore the many islands of Midgand. Here's the full system requirements for Tales of Berseria so you can make sure you're ready for its January 26th launch.  
A pair of currently unannounced AMD Polaris GPUs have surfaced in the HEX data for a recent MacOS driver update. Examining the registry, it appears as if AMD has Polaris 10 XT2 and Polaris 12 GPUs in the works.
Microsoft and 343 Industries are bringing a custom server browser to Halo 5: Forge on PC this week, which is pretty much as near as you can get to having the actual Halo 5 multiplayer on your PC.
The more I see Ubisoft’s bastardization of its franchises, the more I love them. They were willing to throw out the rulebook for Rainbow Six Siege, much to the chagrin of long time fans, and look how that’s turned out. And then we’ve got Ghost Recon Wildlands, which is about far as removed from Ghost Recon’s roots as you’re ever likely to get. In fact, looking at the latest trailer, it looks as if Ghost Recon Wildlands is going to be an entire game of GTA 5’s Heists, all playable in co-op and set against a backdrop of salt flats, cocaine mountains, and sweltering jungles.
Just as expected, AMD is preparing to launch its yearly major driver overhaul. The Radeon Software Crimson Relive Edition driver update is going to be made available from tomorrow. In the meantime though, a number of slides have leaked revealing some juicy details of just what is going to be included. The big headline however, is the performance gains of up to 8% in like-for-like scenarios.