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Intel Releases New Arc Driver for Starfield, Bethesda Says Arc A770 Doesn’t Meet Specifications

The other day, Intel released a new graphics driver for its Arc GPUs, squashing some of the numerous bugs faced by gamers in Starfield. The Arc A750 and A770 are prone to crashing, artifacting, flickering, and texture corruption in Bethesda’s latest RPG. The new driver should fix most of the issues users report, but some bugs remain. The release notes for the latest driver are as follows:

FIXED ISSUES

  • Starfield* (DX12) improved stability in different areas of the game.
  • Starfield* (DX12) may incorrectly render glass surfaces and objects.
  • Starfield* (DX12) may exhibit missing eyebrows on characters.

KNOWN ISSUES

  • Starfield* (DX12) may experience sporadic instability in some areas of the game.
  • Starfield* (DX12) may exhibit corruption when using Dynamic Resolution Scaling. A workaround is to change
    the Render Resolution Scale slider value.
  • Starfield* (DX12) may exhibit low texture details on certain objects in the game.
  • Starfield* (DX12) may exhibit texture flickering on light sources during gameplay.
  • Fortnite* (DX12) may exhibit flickering corruptions during gameplay.
  • UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection* (DX12) may exhibit character texture corruption.
  • Halo Infinite* (DX12) campaign may experience an application crash on some system configurations.
  • Dead by Daylight* (DX11) may experience an application crash during gameplay.
  • Topaz Video AI* may experience errors when using some models for video enhancement.
  • Adobe After Effects* may experience an application crash during render operations.
  • Device fans may ramp up frequently on certain Intel® Arc™ Graphics products.

Bethesda support has gone a step ahead and notified a user that the Intel Arc GPUs don’t meet the minimum system requirements, so they can’t offer any help. Ironically, the support staff stated that the Radeon RX 5700 and GeForce GTX 1070 Ti are the minimum GPU requirements. The Arc A770, however, is as fast, or faster than both GPUs, making the customer support look rather stupid.

Intel Arc users are recommended to hold off buying Starfield till the driver issues surrounding Starfield are fixed. I’d give it another week or two. The Arc driver team works unusually fast.

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have written about computer hardware for over seven years with over 5000 published articles. I started during engineering college and haven't stopped since. On the side, I play RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Divinity, and Fallout. Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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