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'Forza Horizon 3' gets revved up on Windows 10 with new Nvidia, AMD drivers

With the official release of Forza Horizon 3 just around the corner, AMD and Nvidia are getting players ready by serving up drivers optimized for the game on Windows 10. Customers who purchased the “Ultimate Edition” can go ahead and start playing the open world racing game now, so the drivers arrive just in time before speedsters put the petal to the metal.

For starters, Nvidia unleashed GeForce Game Ready Drivers version 372.90. In addition to optimizing Forza Horizon 3 performance, the package provides an SLI profile for ARK: Survival Evolved. This is an open-world survival game that throws a man and woman onto a mysterious island. They’re both naked, starving, and cold, fighting off dinosaurs while hunting down food and building shelters to survive.

Nvidia’s new drivers fix a number of issues for Windows 7 through Windows 10. For instance, on Windows 10, they resolve an issue that caused flickering in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and an issue the caused Rise of the Tomb Raider to crash after extended gameplay. Another resolved issue stems from the HTC Vive and the GTX 1080 that prevented the headset from activating when connected through the card’s DisplayPort.

On the G-Sync front, the new drivers fixed a bug that caused games to lag when set to a windowed mode and G-Sync activated. Another G-Sync issue involved World of Warcraft where screen tearing occurred with V-Sync enabled as well. G-Sync is Nvidia’s tech that syncs the refresh rate of a compatible display with the output of the graphics card, eliminating image tearing and stuttering.

As for Team AMD, the company released Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2. In addition to supporting Forza Horizon 3, the software adds a CrossFire profile for Dreadnought. This game pits teams of five players each against each other in outer space using massive warships. These ships come in a variety of classes including heavy, assault, sniper, support, and scouting. Captains can customize their ships with a number of weapons, modules, and officer briefings.

Related: Forza Horizon 3 review

AMD’s new Radeon package fixes a list of issues on the Windows platform such as intermittent mouse cursor corruption on Radeon RX 400 Series graphics cards. The software also addresses an issue regarding portrait Eyefinity display configurations that caused flickering when launching or exiting games based on DirectX 12.

Other fixed issues provided by AMD’s new software include Rocket League where gamers experienced flickering when running Radeon RX 400 Series cards in CrossFire mode. The software even addresses an issue caused by Windows 10 Anniversary Edition that dropped HDMI Audio when resuming from standby mode. Another Anniversary Edition problem crashed Radeon Settings after modifying game profiles.

PC gamers wanting to get in on the Forza Horizon 3 action will need to meet the following system requirements to play the game. Note that Forza Horizon 3 falls under the Play Anywhere umbrella, meaning PC gamers can play it on the Xbox One as well while console owners can play on Windows 10, too.

MINIMUM
Operating System Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Processor Intel Core i5-3570
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 750Ti or
AMD Radeon R7 250X
Memory 8GB
Storage 55GB
RECOMMENDED
Operating System Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Processor Intel Core i7-3820
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 970/1060 or
AMD Radeon R9 290X/ RX 480
Memory 12GB
Video Memory 4GB
Storage 55GB