The Battlefield 3 beta hits the PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 this week and there’s been plenty of talk about the recent reveal of the PC requirements for the shooter. The video card companies are chipping in to make the game run better with new drivers and Nvidia claims a 38% boost in performance.
The Nvidia beta driver 258.38 was released today and increases stability, image quality and an SLI profile on top of the 38% performance boost. Nvidia says that these are also the drivers you’ll want if you plan on buying id Software’s RAGE which releases next month. AMD also plans to release a ‘special’ driver for Battlefield 3 this week for its Radeon video cards.
The Battlefield 3 beta kicks off tomorrow, September 27, for those gained early access by pre-ordering and opens up to everyone on Septmber 29.
You can download the Nvidia 258.38 beta driver here. Update: The Catalyst 11.10 drivers can be found here. The complete list of updates are below.
What’s New in Nvidia Version 285.38
- Increased performance in Battlefield 3 by up to 38%.
- Improved overall stability and image quality in Battlefield 3.
- Improved compatibility and performance for RAGE.
- Added or updated SLI profiles for Battlefield 3, Dead Island, Diablo III, Dragon Age 2, Need for Speed: The Run, and Saints Row: The Third.
- Fixed a performance regression in 285.27 beta running Crysis 2 (DirectX 9).
Windows Vista/Windows 7 64-bit Issues Resolved
- GeForce 500 series: Battlefield: Bad Company 2–the game stutters in certain maps after several minutes of gameplay.
- GeForce GTX 560 Ti: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 –there is corruption on the edges of some objects when Transparency AA is enabled.
- [SLI], 3DTV Play, GeForce 500 series: With SLI enabled using 3DTV Play, the mouse cursor flickers and shakes on the main menu of various 3D games, such as Crysis 2, Battlefield Company 2, Dues X, and Civilization 5.
AMD Catalyst 11.10 Preview driver:
Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series for single GPU configurations
- Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on CrossFire configurations using the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
- Enables support for Eyefinity 5×1 display (portrait and landscape) configurations using the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
Vision Engine Control Center: User Interface enhancements have been implemented for the CrossfireX, GPU Overdrive, and Information Center pages.
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Source: Nvidia, @CatalystCreator via Planet Battlefield