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You can now download NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready driver for Valorant

By Hoots the Owl - on 29 May 2020, 2:56am

You can now download NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready driver for Valorant

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Riot Games' hot new tactical shooter, Valorant, drops on 2 June, and you can get ready for it by downloading NVIDIA's latest GeForce Game Ready driver. The new driver, dubbed version number 446.14, adds day-one support for Valorant, alongside Minecraft Dungeons, Disintegration, and Crucible. 

While you won't have to download the new driver to play Valorant, it's definitely recommended that you do so to enjoy the latest performance optimisations. Valorant is an aim-intensive shooter that is meant to be played at high frame rates and refresh rates, so you want to squeeze every bit of performance you can from your system. 

Separately, NVIDIA's new driver also adds official support for the upcoming Windows 10 May 2020 update. This update is different from the monthly security patches Microsoft pushes out on the second Tuesday of every month, and the May 2020 update comprises a bigger feature drop, the first for 2020.

It adds a bunch of new features, including the ability to see your GPU temperature in the Task Manager and the introduction of the new DirectX 12 Ultimate graphics API. The latter codifies many of the hardware features first introduced on NVIDIA's GeForce RTX GPUs, such as ray tracing, variable rate shading, and more. It's intended as a new standard for next-generation gaming, and will enable more developers to take advantage of these new technologies. 

In the red camp, AMD has also released Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.5.1, which brings support for the Windows 10 May 2020 update as well. While there's no mention of Valorant support in the update notes, you can expect that AMD will eventually have day-one drivers ready for the game too.