AMD and Valve Partner for Driver Updates via Steam

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Having just complained about this very issue two nights ago, I'm happy to see that AMD and Valve have partnered to deliver ATI Catalyst driver updates for Radeon graphics cards directly through Steam.

In five short years, Valve has evolved the Steam platform to become the preeminent destination for easy and fast access to the latest games and online multiplayer play, offering new features to gamers and to developers, taking PC gaming to new heights - and new audiences. This evolution of PC gaming means exciting times for PC gamers, and today's announcement is another step in that evolution.

The program will kick off with the ATI Catalyst 10.9 drivers, which are scheduled to be released sometime today. When the drivers go live, would you kindly boot up Steam and see what the update process looks like? I do not have access to a machine with an ATI card currently.

"It is unfortunate that any AMD customers running DX9 hardware will never get a driver update, since AMD has discontinued driver support for those folks," an NVIDIA representative tells Shacknews. "NVIDIA continues to deliver GeForce driver updates to all of our gaming customers, regardless of their DirectX platform."

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    September 15, 2010 10:28 AM

    Hopefully, the updates won't be automatic.

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      September 15, 2010 10:33 AM

      I imagine it will let you know when one is available and auto-download the correct file. I can't imagine it updating drivers in the background.

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        September 15, 2010 11:36 AM

        You're imagination might be too limited :-) What if the default setting for updates is automatic, or there is a screw up somehow. Also, is there going to be a similar, simple way to roll back drivers if necessary?

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      September 15, 2010 10:38 AM

      @CatalystMaker Catalyst Performance/Stability has nosedived since AMD took the reins. Will switch to nVidia IF Steam/Game forces an upgrade

      http://twitter.com/NetAntwerp/status/24576504751

      @NetAntwerp nobody will FORCE an update. it is always optional

      http://twitter.com/CatalystMaker/status/24579649645

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        September 15, 2010 1:05 PM

        Haha, no. Actually Catalyst performance and stability has been sorted out once AMD swallowed ATi.

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        September 15, 2010 5:10 PM

        Maybe I'm just lucky but I've never had a problem with either ATi or nVIDIA drivers, then again, I use ATT/RivaTuner to handle them and not the built-in CCC/Control Panel

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        September 15, 2010 8:05 PM

        Why are you posting Twitter shit here? WHO ARE YOU? WHO DO YOU WORK FOR? WHERE'S THE BOMB?!?!?!?!

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