Thursday December 13, 2018

AMD Adrenalin 2019 Edition 18.12.2 Drivers Released

AMD just uploaded the "Adrenalin 2019 Edition" 18.12.2 drivers to their website, along with several videos showing off the new features. The release notes can be found here, and there are some big changes.

Starting with ReLive, AMD added an in-game replay feature, a "scene editor," GIF encoding support, more platforms to stream to, and support for multi-channel audio. In addition, AMD has added the ability to stream 4K60 gameplay to Android an iOS devices via the AMD link app, and has made numerous improvements to the app itself. Now you can take screenshots, crop, and save video captured on your desktop to your phone, and you can apparently update your Radeon drivers through it too. In addition, AMD added VR streaming support to ReLive, which it says is available through the Steam ecosystem.

Meanwhile, AMD also added in-game controls for Enhanced Sync, complete with "per game real-time adjustment." Until now, Enhanced Sync could only be toggled on and off, so it'll be interesting to see what options AMD supposedly added. FreeSync and color controls, WattMan, and an updated Performance Metrics Overlay are also available in AMD's in-game overlay.

Several "advisors" and automated features have been added to the software package as well. Radeon Game Advisor can "measure game performance" and provide suggestions for improving performance or image quality. Radeon Settings advisor provides "optimization suggests" after scanning your system's capabilities, while Radeon Upgrade advisor scans your library and informs you if your GPU isn't up to snuff. WattMan got an automatic overclocking feature, allowing in to overclock your GPU, memory, or even undervolt your GPU with a single click. AMD also claims to have added customizable temperature dependant fan curves, with an option for a threshold to shut down fans, and say they "Unlocked Radeon RX Vega series DPM states for finer power adjustments." Radeon Chill now saves more power, FreeSync 2 supports tonemapping, and VSR supports 21:9 displays. AMD also boosted performance in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, DOOM, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Strange Brigade, and fixed a wide range of bugs.

Update 12/13/18: Added release notes, videos.

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