AMD Radeon RX 500/RX 400 Series Users Can’t Play Forsaken Due to Lack of DX 12_1 API Support

Gamers with AMD’s Radeon RX 400 and 500 series “Polaris” graphics cards won’t be able to play Square Enix’s latest RPG, Forsaken. Leveraging the GCN 2 graphics architecture, these GPUs come with DirectX 12_0 featuring level, just one less than the 12_1 required by Forsaken. Consequently, gamers using the Radeon RX 400 and 500 series cards won’t even be able to launch the game.

In contrast, NVIDIA’s GTX 900 series “Maxwell” cards launched a year before Polaris support DX12_1 and can run the game fairly well. If we look at the Minimum PC Specifications for Forsaken, you’ll notice that AMD’s 1st Gen RDNA-based RX 5500 XT 8GB is the bare minimum for Radeon users.

On NVIDIA’s end, the GTX 1060 6GB is the minimum requirement, but you can get away with a GTX 970. The recommended GPUs include the Radeon RX 6700 XT and the GeForce RTX 3070. The Ultra settings require the RX 6800 XT or the RTX 4080, which is just plain ridiculous as the game is way behind contemporary ray-traced titles requiring similar hardware.

Coming back to AMD, it’s worth noting that the chipmaker is yet to release optimization-ready drivers for Forsaken except for the newly launched RX 7900 series SKUs. To make matters, the Radeon Team hasn’t released any driver updates for pre-RDNA 3 GPUs since early December.

Areej Syed

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