Advanced Micro Devices is launching its major update for its Radeon graphics software, dubbed Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition. And this one has improvements for both gamers and game developers.
Going beyond minor graphics driver updates, AMD is starting to treat its releases of Radeon Software as big events that give gamers new features. That’s one reason why the software has been downloaded more than 250 million times over the past three years, said Scott Wasson, senior manager of product marketing at AMD, in an interview with GamesBeat. 75 games have launched with built-in Radeon Software support.
“We believe that hardware and software add value to each other,” Wasson said.
For gamers, the updated driver software features the Radeon Overlay, a seamless in-game user interface that allows gamers to monitor the performance of their graphics processing unit (GPU) while they are playing a game in real time. I saw a demo of the software, and it showed the frame rate of the game and other relevant features as well.
The overlay provides one-click access to Radeon ReLive, Performance Monitoring, Radeon Chill (a power-saving feature that lets you control the temperature of the computer), Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC), Radeon FreeSync (for display performance) and color settings. The FRTC lets you set maximum frame rates for games if you want to highlight graphics quality.
The software also comes with a new mobile app, dubbed AMD Link. It allows you to use a mobile app with a dashboard to control the features on your PC. It can monitor performance and provide you with a news feed and notifications about new drivers. It is available on iOS and Android today.
And the edition has a chat integration feature that enables gamers to engage with their communities while streaming on Facebook, Twitch, Mixer, YouTube, Weibo and more.
Named after Adrenalin Rose, the new edition continues AMD’s tradition of releasing major driver software updates annually. Last year, AMD released its Crimson ReLive Edition, and in 2015, it released the Crimson Edition. To date, Radeon Software has been updated more than 70 times in three years. And it has provided
Radeon Chill now supports games based on the Vulkan API, along with DirectX 9, 10, 11, and 12, making quiet, cool and responsive gaming more accessible. And the Radeon WattMan feature allows AMD’s power management technology to be saved, reloaded at a later point, and shared with the Radeon user community.
“Now you don’t burn power when you don’t want to,” said Wasson.
With improved compatibility and a wider field of view, Enhanced Sync now extends its support to all Radeon GCN-based products, hybrid graphics, Multi-GPU and AMD’s Eyefinity Technology and Vulkan API-based games.
And the software has improvements that improve the experience for game livestreamers, such as separate audio tracks where you can control the volume levels in post production and borderless region capture support, where you can stream part of a window but not all of it.
For professionals, the Radeon Pro Software includes enterprise drivers with enterprise support lines.