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AMD Polaris GPUs Stumble Over Forspoken’s DX12 Feature Requirements

AMD’s venerable Polaris architecture graphics cards are showing their age, and one of the hottest new titles just refuses to run. Forspoken, the PC game everyone talks about in January 2023, has DirectX 12 feature level 12_1 API requirements that the stoic Radeon RX 400 and RX 500 series graphics cards can’t meet.

Aging AMD Polaris graphics cards are finally starting to get too old to party like they used to, highlighted by Redditor x curioThey contrasted Polaris’ inability to run the PC game, Forspoken, when even older GeForce GTX 960 or GTX 970 cards (Maxwell architecture) could be used.

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when you check out It was published Looking at Forspoken’s minimum system requirements, we can see that gamers are expected to use systems with at least AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB in the graphics card section. These are the RDNA 1 and Pascal architecture graphics cards respectively. It still surprises me that the old Polaris can’t even run his Forspoken, despite the clear minimum recommendation for an RDNA 1 or better GPU.

AMD released a new Adrenalin graphics driver with optimizations ready to support Forspoken a few days ago, but this driver is only available for Radeon RX 7000 (RDNA 3) graphics cards. Curiously, the red team has not provided driver updates for previous Radeon RX series GPUs. December 8, the RX 7000 series has received four driver updates since then. So if you have a graphics card with the Vega, RDNA 1, or RDNA 2 architecture, we hope that technical issues won’t make Forspoken an unpleasant experience. We hope to have a new Adrenalin graphics driver in the pipeline for card owners finished or almost ready.

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Meanwhile, Forspoken hasn’t received the warmest reception from gamers. for example, vapor In the user reviews section, many recommend delaying it for weeks or months until the patch resolves the wrinkles of the release. Another advantage of this strategy is that you also get discounts. Luckily, if you’re interested in this epic action RPG adventure game, there’s a free demo you can try.

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