New NVIDIA 445.75 WHQL Drivers Introduce Game Ready Features For Half-Life: Alyx And More

To mark the release of the highly-anticipated Half-Life: Alyx, NVIDIA is launching a new batch of drivers, dubbed 445.75 WHQL. The drivers are extensive and cover a wide range of titles. 

For Half-Life: Alyx, the drivers introduce the Game Ready feature, which offers a range of game-specific improvements such as optimization, bug fixes, and profiles. Overall, this should significantly improve Half-Life: Alyx for players.

Aside from Half-Life: Alyx, the drivers also bring NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 to MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and Control, as well as so-called optimal support to Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s latest Ghost Experience Update and Resident Evil 3.

The SLI profiles of the following games have also been introduced or rejigged to perform better with Turing GPUs. These include; ACE COMBAT 7: SKIES UNKNOWN, Blacksad: Under the Skin, Blair Witch, Close to the Sun, Hell Let Loose, Journey To The Savage Planet, Monster Energy Supercross 3, MotoGP 19, MXGP 2019 – The Official Motocross Videogame, eFootball PES 2020, and World War 3.

Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forest, Phoenix Point, Tamarin, Will To Live Online, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 also get new or updated SLI profiles for all NVIDIA GPUs.

The drivers also discontinue support for 3D Vision features NVIDIA 3D Stereoscope Driver and NVAPI-based stereo APIs for Direct3D applications. The same applies to NVIDIA GPUs based on the Kepler architecture. 32-bit Operating Systems go the same way with NVIDIA axing support for these.

As is customary, the new 445.75 WHQL drivers also include a few lingering issues in Windows 7 and Windows 10. Here’s the full list of known issues from the patch notes published by NVIDIA.

Windows 7 Issues

  • [Notebook][H-Clone]: With the integrated graphics processor as the clone source, display settings cannot be changed from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [200594188]
  • [Doom Eternal]: Flickering occurs in the ShadowPlay on-screen settings when in-game VSync is OFF. [200593899]
  • [Call of Duty – Warzone]: ShadowPlay and Screenshot capture does not work with Windows 7 (200593494)
  • [World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth][DirectX 12]: The game crashes when switched from DirectX 11 to DirectX 12 mode. [200574934]

Windows 10 Issues

  • [Notebook][H-Clone]: With the integrated graphics processor as the clone source, display settings cannot be changed from the NVIDIA Control Panel. [200594188]
  • [SLI][Red Dead Redemption 2]: With SLI, G-SYNC, and V-Sync enabled, increased flickering occurs in the game. [2858046] To workaround, disable V-Sync.
  • [Strange Brigade (DirectX 12)]: Green color corruption appears in the game when the output color format is set to YCbCr 420 or 12bpc. [200588227] To workaround, use a different color space such as 422 or 444.
  • [Resident Evil 3 Remake]: The bundled GeForce Experience doesn’t support freestyle for the game. [2897138]
  • [SLI][Doom Eternal]: Corruption occurs in the game upon opening the Steam overlay. [200593967]
  • [DOOM Eternal]: Error occurs in the game while capturing Super Resolution (AI Upres) Image with Ansel.[200597765]
  • [DOOM Eternal]: The game frame rate drops when using the Steam in-game FPS counter. [200593988] This issue also occurs with non-NVIDIA graphics hardware.
  • [DOOM Eternal][HDR]: The game flickers when OS HDR is set to OFF and in-game HDR is set to ON.[2874172]To workaround, enable “Play HDR games and apps” from the Windows HD Color Settings menu.
  • [Call of Duty: Modern Warfare]: Game may display white flashes when player approaches a wall. [2887940]
  • [Call of Duty – Warzone]: Freestyle does not work. (200593020)
  • [Forza Motorsport 7]: The curb may display a black strip during a race on certain tracks. [2781776]
  • [Zombie Army: Dead War 4][Ansel/Freestyle]: The Ansel & Freestyle tabs are unselectable. [2810884]
  • [Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege][Vulkan][G-SYNC]: When playing the game in Vulkan mode with G-SYNC enabled, flickering occurs after switching the game between full-screen and windowed mode.[200578641] To workaround, either disable G-SYNC or play using an API other than Vulkan