ATI drivers to be delivered through Steam
One of Valve’s earliest hopes for Steam was to use it to keep users’ display drivers up to date. Now, at long last, ATI have agreed to distribute their Catalyst drivers:
I’m pretty excited about finally getting some display drivers – the ATI announcement included that – where rather than having the situation they have right now where they literally tens, close to hundreds of display drivers out there on people’s machines, that everybody will have the most current, the most up-to-date driver, automatic bug-reporting and things like that. That’s a nice step forward.
As far as I’m aware the current Catalyst drivers don’t have a bug reporting system, meaning that the version that will be distributed over Steam has been integrated (or at least customised) to some extent. The download’s management, what with drivers being system tools that can’t realistically reside in SteamApps, may also break some new ground.
Looking at the hardware survey, there are tens of thousands of people playing with drivers over three years out of date! Many will have older hardware not supported by newer driver releases, but there are sure to be a fair chunk of gamers with old drivers holding back their performance and stability who will benefit from ATI’s decision.