One of the hottest new titles simply refuses to run on AMD’s venerable Polaris architecture graphics cards. Yes, we are talking about Forspoken, the PC game that has been on everyone’s lips in January 2023, has DirectX 12 feature-level 12 1 API requirements that the stoic Radeon RX 400 and RX 500 series graphics cards can’t meet.
Redditor xCurio pointed out that the ageing AMD Polaris graphics cards are finally too old to party like they used to. They compared Polaris’ inability to run the latest PC game, Forspoken, to the use of even older GeForce GTX 960 or GTX 970 cards.
According to the published minimum system requirements for Forspoken, gamers are expected to use a system with at least an AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB graphics card or an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. These are graphics cards based on the RDNA 1 and Pascal architectures, respectively.
Despite the clear minimum recommendation for an RDNA 1 or better GPU, the older Polaris (RX 500 & RX 400) GPUs are unable to run Forspoken at all
AMD recently released a new Adrenalin graphics driver with optimizations ready to support Forspoken, but this driver is only for use with Radeon RX 7000 (RDNA 3) graphics cards. Surprisingly, the red team hasn’t released any driver updates for older Radeon RX series GPUs since December 8, whereas the RX 7000 series has received four updates since then.
So, if you have a Vega, RDNA 1 or RDNA 2 architecture graphics card, let’s hope that Forspoken will not be a frustrating experience due to technical difficulties. We’re also hoping that AMD has a new Adrenalin graphics driver ready or nearly ready for pre-RDNA 3 architecture graphics card owners.
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