ATI releases Catalyst 10.4 preview

In a bid to ensure that its DirectX 11 hardware continues to play nicely with the flagship DX11 game, ATI has hurried out a Catalyst driver hotfix for Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

A preview of the forthcoming Catalyst 10.4 driver, the hotfix has been rushed out by AMD in order to solve the problems with load times when using new maps.

Explaining the hastiness, AMD’s software product manager Andrew Dodd said that “the reason why we’ve released ATI Catalyst 10.4 early is because we wanted to get this driver into the hands of every Battlefield: Bad Company 2 user out there ASAP.”

The rushed nature of the driver means that it currently only supports the ATI Radeon HD 5000-series GPUs, and this doesn’t even include the new top-end Eyefinity 6 Edition products.

However, AMD promises that a similar fix will soon be issued for frustrated users of other Radeon HD GPUs who are suffering similar problems. According to Dodd, a further hotfix called Catalyst 10.4a will be released “in the next few days,” which will support the Radeon HD 2000, 3000 and 4000 series of GPUs.

If you’re not a Bad Company 2 player, though, then it’s best to skip this release and wait for the official Catalyst 10.4 driver, which AMD says will turn up later this month. The company says that the preview driver “has not completed full AMD testing, and is only recommended for users experiencing the particular issue [described above].”

Keen to cover its backside, AMD also noted that the preview driver “is provided as is and is not supported by AMD.”

If you’re a Bad Company 2 player with DirectX 11 ATI hardware, then you can grab the Catalyst 10.4 preview hotfix here. The driver supports the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Vista and XP, and the download page also provides some other tips and tricks for reducing map loading times if the driver hotfix fails to deliver.