AMD has just released Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition 188.8.131.52 Beta Drivers for the gaming world and users have been left speculating and confused. According to the release notes, nothing new or special is being offered through this update and has the same features as that of version 18.12.1. In fact, there are no real bug fixes or game optimizations being offered. The only new feature here is the provision of support for Epic Games’ digital game store that is arriving soon.
A few known issues that have been mentioned in the release notes are following:
- Some systems running multiple displays may experience mouse lag when at least one display is enabled but powered off.
- Assassin’s Creed™: Odyssey may experience a game crash at certain locations of the game on Windows®7 enabled system configurations.
Gaming experts are confused and rightly so, because this new release alters the naming game for AMD. It is being termed as possibly the most oddly named release for Radeon Software this year. Folks at OC3D believe that this new release is insignificant and most PC gamers would not even be bothered.
However, this new release does offer some clues to what is coming up in the future. According to OC3D, it has been called Radeon Software 184.108.40.206 rather than 18.12.2 as the latter has been reserved for its next major release by the company. It is even likely that the release name has already been included in various marketing documents and press releases. This conclusion seems to be the only possibility encompassing why AMD has avoided using 18.12.2. It also shows that the next big driver launch by AMD might just be round the corner.
The Epic Games Store was announced earlier this week and will be giving developers under its umbrella 88% of the entire revenue rather than the industrial standard of 70%. There has not been an official release date for the Store yet. However, with AMD providing driver support already with its latest release, it seems that the Store cannot be very far away. A launch may be expected during The Game Awards scheduled for December 6th.