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AMD Using Steam to Deliver Catalyst Drivers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 37 comments

ATI users can automatically update their drivers via Steam starting with Catalyst 10.9.

Tuesday AMD senior marketing manager Peter Ross said that the company struck a deal with Valve Software to distribute the latest Catalyst drivers for the ATI Radeon graphics card on Steam. Although no specific details were provided, Steam users will (obviously) be alerted when the latest available drivers for their hardware becomes available on the platform, and will be able to install the package with just one click.

"Earlier this year at GDC we announced AMD Gaming Evolved, a program that demonstrates AMD’s ongoing commitment to PC gamers, PC game development and the overall PC game industry," Ross said in his official blog. "AMD and Valve teaming up to make sure that Steam gamers always have the most recent drivers for their graphics cards is just another way that we are showing our commitment to the promise we developed in our Gamers’ Manifesto."

According to Valve's most recent Steam Hardware Survey, 87-percent of DirectX 11 gamers consist of ATI Radeon or ATI Mobility Radeon hardware. For Nvidia fans, the same survey reveals that 59.11-percent of Steam gamers use Nvidia-based graphics while 32.98-percent use ATI-based GPUs. Only 5.6-percent of the systems surveyed actually support DirectX 11.

Given the popularity of Valve's content distribution network, it's surprising that AMD--or Nvidia for that matter--hasn't already entered into this type of distribution agreement. As Steam now serves as the premier content distribution platform for the PC, it seems only natural that both AMD and Nvidia should take advantage of its prominence.

Nevertheless, Ross said that driver distribution will officially begin on Steam with ATI Catalyst 10.9.

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    NapoleonDK , September 15, 2010 8:59 PM
    Sweet. :) 
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    schmich , September 15, 2010 9:59 PM
    Will LOTR Online automatically be added to your steam games?
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    husker , September 16, 2010 4:18 AM
    ethanielMan, I just installed 10.8 last week! This is getting tiresome. AMD needs a new driver model. Period.

    What exactly is your complaint? That AMD isn't waiting long enough between releases?
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    NapoleonDK , September 15, 2010 8:59 PM
    Sweet. :) 
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    dogofwars , September 15, 2010 9:05 PM
    About time
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    joytech22 , September 15, 2010 9:07 PM
    This is a great idea, but it'll only work on my laptop.. (Radeon 4530)
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    braneman , September 15, 2010 9:22 PM
    I'll like it as long as I can turn it off(ati drivers being inconsistently stable.)
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2010 9:32 PM
    This is when the oem crippled devices will really shine EX: Creative Sound cards for Dell computers. That do not accept the Creative drivers or even function properly, if at all with a different MB, only the Dell revised ones work (Missing features naturally). They actually crippled my chip-set with a hardware limitation to prevent me from upgrading the RAM beyond 2GB. I guess they do it to promote their XPS line, Lameness.....
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    schmich , September 15, 2010 9:59 PM
    Will LOTR Online automatically be added to your steam games?
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    gm0n3y , September 15, 2010 10:13 PM
    This is a great idea. Normally people are months, often years behind on their graphics drivers. This will work similar to windows updates to remind users to update.
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    TheDuke , September 15, 2010 10:37 PM
    sweet
    makes it easier
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    kelfen , September 15, 2010 10:46 PM
    nice!!! I downloaded steam just to do just that so I can update instead of kind of a headache uninstalling and installing driver and restart computer
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    ethaniel , September 15, 2010 11:04 PM
    Man, I just installed 10.8 last week! This is getting tiresome. AMD needs a new driver model. Period.
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    thechief73 , September 16, 2010 1:06 AM
    Great idea, makes things a little easier I guess for people that dont keep up with new drivers. I love Steam/VALVe/ATI.

    But... anyone that is a gamer with a ATI card should know by now that they release new drivers around the 25th of every month and they have been for quite some time. How hard is it to go to AMD/ATI driver download page and update it the old fashion way?
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    dEAne , September 16, 2010 3:46 AM
    AMD these day have lots of unique move than intel.
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    husker , September 16, 2010 4:18 AM
    ethanielMan, I just installed 10.8 last week! This is getting tiresome. AMD needs a new driver model. Period.

    What exactly is your complaint? That AMD isn't waiting long enough between releases?
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    Simple11 , September 16, 2010 4:34 AM
    Pretty sweet, but what problems could be associated with this?

    Anyhow I've never had a problem with ati drivers the past. Always been a blast on 7 64bit for 4870
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    Broseidon , September 16, 2010 6:11 AM
    encouraging the masses to be lazier, one step at a time
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    abhinav_mall , September 16, 2010 7:46 AM
    NVIDIA should also update its drivers via steam.
    Steam is best platform for such mundane tasks.
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    atikkur , September 16, 2010 9:13 AM
    nvidia
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    atikkur , September 16, 2010 9:18 AM
    nvidia has its own updating software.. you just have to download nvidia system tools, it just works anyway.
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    demonhorde665 , September 16, 2010 9:25 AM
    well i'll be happy as long as steam doesnt force a driver update , nearly every version of catalyst after 10.4 causes my Saphire radeon 5770 HD to comnpeltely crash ,and not come back up on reboot.
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    back_by_demand , September 16, 2010 10:06 AM
    Broseidonencouraging the masses to be lazier, one step at a time

    Maybe we should all turn off our PCs that we sit bog-eyed staring at playing games on and go out and climb a tree or something.
    demonhorde665well i'll be happy as long as steam doesnt force a driver update , nearly every version of catalyst after 10.4 causes my Saphire radeon 5770 HD to comnpeltely crash ,and not come back up on reboot.

    Seeing as those same drivers work for millions of other people have you considered it could be a manufacturing defect? Tried to RMA it yet?
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