Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:38

AMD adds features in latest Radeon software update


AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.4.1 for AMD Radeon graphics delivers new and improved features, including AMD Link for Windows which allows a gaming PC to be connected to another Windows PC, a phone, a tablet or a TV for 'anywhere' gaming.

AMD Link works with phones and tablets running Android 7.0 or iOS 12 (or later), and TVs via Android TV 7.0 or later, or a 4th or 5th generation Apple TV running tvOS or later.

The new AMD Link Game feature allows two Radeon-powered systems to connect to play games that support local multiplayer or split screen mode. It supports up to 144fps (subject to hardware performance0, accommodates 5.1 surround sound audio, and reduces streaming latency by up to 60 percent in CS:GO3, according to AMD.

Among other improvements are a simplified user interface, the display of both Radeon graphics and Ryzen processor performance metrics in one place, the collection of all recording and streaming settings under a single tab, and scene editor usability enhancements.

The software also provides colour deficiency correction for users with protanopia, deuteranopia or tritanopia, allowing them to experience games in more vivid detail without any expected performance impact. This feature requires a Radeon RX 5000 or 6000 Series graphics or a Ryzen 4000 Series processor with Radeon graphics (or newer), and Windows 10.

Microsoft PlayReady AV1 Support comes in the form of an open-source, royalty-free PlayReady AV1 hardware-accelerated decode for AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards.

AMD Crash Defender is said to "ensure systems 'stay alive,' preserve data and fully recover from potential hangs or crashes in select scenarios."

"Providing powerful hardware is only half of the equation to deliver the extraordinary, world class AAA, esports and multiplayer experiences gamers have come to expect," said AMD chief architect of gaming solutions Frank Azor.

"With the new AMD Radeon Software release, our goal was to allow gamers to unlock the full potential of their AMD gaming systems, enabling them to fully immerse themselves in beautiful, hyper-realistic worlds, easily share their latest battles and victories, find new ways to game with friends and customise their gaming experience as they see fit."

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.4.1 is available immediately from the AMD Drivers and Support page.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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