Valve and AMD team up to automatically update graphics drivers through Steam

Written by Luke Ponio    Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:11

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It was announced today that Valve will deliver ATI Catalyst driver updates via Steam. If an update to your driver is released and Steam is running on your machine then you will be notified and asked if you would like to update. It will likely be similar to Windows OS update notifications. One statistic that was brought up in the press release is that 87 percent of DirectX 11 gamers are using ATI graphics cards according to the Steam hardware survey. Still, according to the latest results of the survey, less than 10% of gamers are using a DX11 GPU.

“Steam represents an evolution for PC and online gaming, and the availability of ATI Catalyst graphics driver updates directly on the Steam platform can help further enhance the PC gaming experience for users of ATI Radeon products,” said Ben Bar-Haim, corporate vice president of software for AMD. “AMD now has the opportunity to help deliver an even better experience for PC gamers.”

"Valve is extremely pleased to be working with AMD to provide automatic driver updates for AMD's leading edge products on Steam," said Jason Holtman, director of business development at Valve. "PC gamers demand the most of their gaming hardware and providing these updates automatically will help ensure those playing via Steam are playing at optimal performance."