Intel Arc GPUs have just been revealed, with Team Blue launching low-end laptop models first, and now we’ve seen the initial release of the Arc driver that those buying a gaming laptop with a Alchemist graphics solution inside will use.
Driver quality is something that’s going to be in the immediate spotlight, as gamers will want to see that Intel not only has the right hardware, but also the software side of the equation, which is just as vital for good performance.
So if you pick up a gaming laptop with an Arc A350M or A370M GPU inside, you’ll naturally wonder what games might give you grief, and that’s something we now know thanks to the initial driver of Intel. (opens in a new tab) (build 188.8.131.525) release notes (opens in a new tab) [PDF] which highlight any known issues.
The Arc graphics driver has gremlins in the works for a number of PC games, with the full list as follows:
- A Total War Saga: Troy may experience an application crash when the campaign is launched and “Ultra” quality game settings are selected
- Back 4 Blood may experience lighting or texture corruption when mist is visible on screen
- Forza Horizon 5 may experience an app crash when launching the game
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War may experience an application crash when launching the game
- FIFA 22 may experience an intermittent app crash during normal gameplay
- CrossFire map textures may not load or may load as blank surfaces
- Gears 5 may experience terrain corruption when using medium or higher graphics quality settings
- Halo Infinite may not load certain objects and textures and lighting may also appear blurry or overexposed in multiplayer game menus
- Guardians of the Galaxy may exhibit texture corruption on some in-game interactive objects
- Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition may experience slight in-game texture corruption
- Naraka: Bladepoint may experience texture corruption or flickering on some ground surfaces
- Rust may intermittently experience an application crash when connecting to a new server
Analysis: Fingers crossed on the “unknown issues” front
The good news is that this list is not too long and in some cases the problems are dependent on the settings or only occur with certain surfaces or textures. The biggest bugbears are present in FIFA 22 – the “intermittent crashing in normal game” sounds worrying and potentially frustrating – as well as Forza Horizon 5 and Call of Duty which can crash on launch.
Obviously, there were expected to be issues – indeed, even with mature drivers like AMD and Nvidia there are still issues that crop up continuously – and there may well be unknown problems with the new driver from Intel. In fact, you can pretty much count on it, and issues will be reported to Intel as this initial Arc driver is more widely used as more people get laptops with Alchemist GPUs.
We’ll just have to see how things play out, with the first laptops using the Arc A350M or A370M debuting now, Intel told us at yesterday’s launch (or imminently, certainly).
Another cool thing with these new mobile GPUs is Arc Control, a control panel that looks very smart and gives the user easy access to performance monitoring and tuning, as well as cool features like than automatic recording of game highlight clips. There are also issues in the initial implementation of Arc Control, and these are also listed in Intel’s driver release notes, as you can you expect it.
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