Yesterday we reported that AMD was going to release the Catalyst 14.1 Beta driver was due Thursday, however, it never came. This is among one of the more exciting driver releases from AMD, since it is set to bring support for the Mantle API.
The Mantle API is an API that is set to compete with DirectX, and should allow for notably higher performance numbers than DirectX systems. The catch is that you need a GCN-based GPU from AMD, and that the game developer needs to actually implement the technology. So far only Battlefield 4 and Star Citizen support Mantle but other developers are adopting the API, too. DICE has already rolled out its latest patch for Battlefield 4 with support for Mantle, but the necessary drivers are missing.
Sadly, it seems that prior to the release the driver team from AMD found a bug in the driver, and they have had to hold off on the release. We can reportedly expect an update on AMD's progress this afternoon (EST). AMD is also going to first give the press 24 hours to evaluate the drivers before going through with a public release. Because of this, AMD will likely have to label it Catalyst 14.2 Beta, rather than 14.1 Beta, as the calendars will have flipped over to February by then.