NVIDIA's latest Game Ready driver adds Final Fantasy XV, PUBG optimizations



NVIDIA has released another "Game Ready" driver for its best graphics cards, adding optimizations for new PC games. The latest release adds tweaks for Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition ahead of its March 6 release, as well as Warhammer: Vermentide 2, which is set for release on March 8. The drivers also add tweaks to enhance performance for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) and World of Tanks 1.0, which just got a major engine upgrade.

The enhancements for Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition are particularly interesting because Square Enix worked pretty closely with NVIDIA on the game's move to PC. When the port was announced, Square Enix said it would use NVIDIA's GameWorks tech suite to optimize Final Fantasy XV for PC and add visual upgrades to make it "the definitive version of the game."

When it arrives on March 6, Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will pack more life-like hair and shadows, HDR10, 4K and 8K support, and more dynamic vegetation, fluid, fire, and smoke. The game will also support NVIDIA's GeForce Experience capture and share tools, including 360-degree screen captures.

If you're a big fan of PUBG, NVIDIA says you can also expect to see performance improvements of between three and seven percent depending on your combination of graphics card and resolution. While small, that's not a bad improvement for a game that has seen its fair share of performance complaints.

The full release notes also include several fixes and issues. Here's a look:

Fixed Issues in this release

  • [BeamNG]: Dynamic reflections flicker in the game.
  • [Call of Duty WWII]: Flickering shadows occur in the game.
  • NvfbcPluginWindow prevents Windows from shutting down.
  • Booting from a cold boot results in black screen on a multi-monitor system.
  • [3DVision]: System shutdown time increases when Stereoscopic 3D is enabled.
  • [NVIDIA Control Panel]: The Display->Adjust desktop color settings->Content type setting is reset to "Auto-selected" after rebooting the system.
  • [GeForce GTX 980/1080 Ti]: OpenGL program may crash when trying to map a buffer object.
  • [Notebook][GeForce GTX 965M]: Drop in GPU performance occurs.


  • After PC is left on for extended period of time, HDCP may be lost cause HTC Vive/Oculus Rift to launch to a black screen. Rebooting PC resolves issue.
  • NieR:Automata randomly freezes with white screen
  • Gears of War 4 may randomly crash
  • Doom (OpenGL) may crash on launch if HDR is enabled in Windows
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider displays partial flickering in DX12 mode
  • Random TDR while using Firefox on Pascal GPUs

The latest driver release is available now as version 391.01 and you can download it via the GeForce experience app. Alternatively, you can manually download the latest release through NVIDIA's driver download page.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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