AMD plans to issue an Adrenalin hotfix for broken DirectX 9 games

James Marshall
January 14, 2018

In the waning hours of 2017, a new story popped up about AMD's latest drivers. The Adrenalin update brought with it a handful of new features, including a major monitoring feature, although, as with all major driver updates, it arrived with its fair share of bugs. Since the issue came to light, a list of games affected has been compiled. AMD was alerted to the issue and initially responded saying they would not be looking at fixing the issue to make these older games work. There are a lot of great games on the list, but the most notable are the first two Witcher games, much of the Command and Conquer series, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and most games based on Valve's Source engine like the evergreen CS:GO and Team Fortress 2.

No need to panic if you're an AMD users. If you regularly play older titles, however, this could become a more bothersome issue for you, especially as more unsupported games are sure to rise out of the woodwork - the full extent of this bug is not yet known. On its official message boards, an AMD tech support member said "we are unlikely to devote any valuable engineering resources to this issue, which is most likely caused by outdated API modules". While new drivers for old titles are not expected, new drivers shouldn't break things without a fix either.

For now, it is unclear what flubbed up at AMD. Either way, for now, PC gamers will have their backwards compatibility preserved. It seems the AMD employee on their community forum may have misjudged the response that a lack of bug fix would create, especially when regarding such... vintage titles. One day, however, DX9 titles will probably only run on older hardware with older drivers.

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