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AMD Catalyst 15.8 Beta Driver Released; Brings Preformance Optimizations for Arkham Knight and Ashes of the Singularity


AMD has released Catalyst 15.8 Beta Driver, which comes with performance improvements for Batman: Arkham Knight and Ashes of the Singularity.

The new driver can be downloaded here.

Highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 15.8 Beta Windows Driver

  • This driver provides support for the Oculus 0.7 SDK on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. More information on the Oculus 0.7 SDK can be found at the following link on the Oculus Developer site:

Performance Optimizations

  • Batman™: Arkham Knight – Performance and quality/stability updates
  • Ashes of the Singularity – Performance optimizations for DirectX® 12

Resolved Issues:

  • [424009] Adobe® Lightroom may crash if GPU rendering is enabled
  • [423336] Mouse cursor coordinates may be swapped on some 3×1 Eyefinity configurations
  • [421110] The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt – Corruption may be observed when AA is enabled in AMD CrossFire™ mode
  • [424127] The Firefox browser may crash while opening multiple tabs (2 or more)
  • [425168] Anti Aliasing settings are not retained after Applying in the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center
  • [425156] System hangs when launching Call of Duty® – Modern Warfare 3 or Diablo™ III
  • [424776] Metal Gear Solid® : Ground Zero may crash when launched
  • [425421] Call Of Duty®: Black Ops III – texture corruption observed when launched in DirectX® 11 mode
  • [425452] Sword Coast Legends – FRTC settings are not activated in the game
  • [411945] Project CARS may experience corruption when AA is set to D2SM
  • [425382] A green screen may be observed on some “Llano”/”Ontario” APU’s when playing video under Windows 10
  • [424330] Watch Dogs™ may experience flickering / corruption after changing game resolution
  • [425440] AMD HDMI® Audio is disabled after driver installation
  • [423013] F1 2015™ may experience flickering during gameplay or in game benchmarking
  • [422551] Call of Duty® – Advanced Warfare may freeze randomly when run in Quad CrossFire mode
  • [424168] Text corruption observed when using Windows 10 Mapp application
  • [424222] System may hang when installing the driver on a Windows 10 system with 2 or more GPUs
  • [424710] “Device being used by another application” error is displayed when attempting audio playback on Windows 7 systems

Warner Bros issued a new statement about the status of Batman Arkham Knight’s PC version, a couple of weeks ago. They reported that the new patch would be ready in the next few weeks, so if AMD's release of the new driver is any indication, the patch should be coming soon. Batman Arkham Knight truly deserves a proper PC version and while Warner Bros. did mess-up with the release on the PC, Rocksteady's final iteration in the Arkham trilogy is indeed a masterpiece, and it's really a shame for it to be marred by a less than stellar PC version.

We will bring you any news on AMD, Batman Arkham Knight and Ashes of the Singularity as soon as it becomes available.