The PC version of RAGE received a fair share of criticism at launch for its notorious graphical issues, which caused textures to continue to load after the level had started. While the problem was drastically reduced as new drivers were released, many still found it difficult to run the game at its peak performance. Luckily for them, NVIDIA has released new drivers to help the performance of RAGE, as well as for two upcoming PC titles Battlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham City.

RAGE received an update not too long ago to help with its performance, so these new drivers should come as a bonus to those who are trying to push the game to its peak performance. And with what we’ve seen of Battlefield 3, anything that can make it perform even more beautifully is probably the work of some supernatural being.

It’s an interesting problem to have with games like these, most especially Battlefield 3, giving a big boost to the hardware industry as gamers and players-to-be upgrade their PCs just for these types of demanding video games. According to analysts, Battlefield 3 may have brought in over $1 billion in revenue for hardware manufacturers.

The new drivers do not just come with enhancements towards the three aforementioned games, but will also help to increase the performance of other titles as well, especially if one is running a NVIDIA 500 series graphics card. For example, those who download the new drivers will be able to see an increased frame rate in Metro: 2033, Crysis 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2, just to name a few. NVIDIA has also stated that Battlefield 3 has received an 11% increase in improved performance.

On the GeForce GTX 580, for example, SLI users can expect to receive frame rate boosts of up to:

  • 13% in Metro 2033,
  • 8% in STALKER: Call of Pripyat,
  • 7% in Civilization V,
  • 7% in F1 2010,
  • 5% in Crysis 2 with the DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade enabled,
  • 5% in Lost Planet 2,
  • And 5% in Mafia 2.

And single-GPU users will receive improvements of up to:

  • 6% in Battlefield 3,
  • 5% in Call Of Duty: Black Ops,
  • And 5% in StarCraft II.

Likewise, on the GeForce GTX 560, SLI users will receive frame rate boosts of up to:

  • 11% in STALKER: Call of Pripyat,
  • 7% in Dragon Age II,
  • 7% in F1 2010,
  • 7% in Metro 2033,
  • 5% in Battlefield: Bad Company 2,
  • 5% in Crysis 2 with the DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade enabled,
  • 5% in Just Cause 2,
  • 5% in Lost Planet 2,
  • And 4% in Mafia 2.

And single-GPU users will receive performance improvements of up to:

  • 11% in Battlefield 3
  • 7% in StarCraft II,
  • 6% in Call Of Duty: Black Ops,
  • And 4% in Bulletstorm.
New SLI & 3D Vision Profiles

The new and updated SLI profiles included with the GeForce 285.62 WHQL drivers are as follows:

  • Battlefield 3
  • Dead Island
  • Diablo III
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Need for Speed: The Run
  • Saints Row: The Third

And similarly, the following 3D Vision profiles have been included:

  • Aion
  • Battlefield 3
  • Diablo 3
  • Dirt 3 (rating updated to Excellent)
  • Dead Rising 2: Off The Record
  • Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) 2
  • Driver San Francisco
  • F1 2011
  • Football Manager 2012
  • From Dust
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2
  • Last Remnant Benchmark
  • Men of War: Assault Squad
  • OIO The Game
  • rFactor 2
  • Rise of Flight
  • Stock Car

The new drivers will also come with the updates found in previous iterations, so those who have yet to download them won’t be missing out on anything.

For those interested in picking up Battlefield 3, RAGE or Batman: Arkham City on the PC, this certainly comes as good (and needed) news. All three titles are supposed to be the epitome of PC graphical capablities (despite Carmack’s opinion on PC gaming) and for those with the optimum specs it is good to hear they will be able to play the game it was meant to be played.

RAGE is available now for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Battlefield 3 releases tomorrow, October 25th, 2011 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Batman: Arkham City is available now for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and will release November 18th for the PC.

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Source: NVIDIA

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