AMD Release RSCE 16.5.2 Hotfix Graphics Driver, Targets Oculus SDK 1.3

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅13.05.2016 16:31:00

AMD are keeping up the pace of driver releases with the introduction of their latest beta driver, Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.2. Listed as a Beta/Hotfix rather than WHQL release, RSCE introduces support for Oculus Rift SDK v1.3 and Crossfire Profiles for the latest Hitman title. Additionally the abbreviated release notes also indicated improved support for the HTC Vive VR headset.

Fuller release notes, available via this link, indicate improved support for DOOM and Battleborn (see: Additional Highlights below). It's not clear if these notes relate to the current or previous version unfortunately, but download links at the bottom of the page reference the same hyperlink for the RSCE 16.5.2 Hotfix driver.

You can download the latest drivers as usual at, or via the Crimson Edition software. Driver support is limited to discrete GCN-based graphics cards; APU users in the desktop or mobile space should instead continue to utilise RSCE 16.3.2 (or 15.12 for older non-GCN APUs).

Release Notes

Included Highlights:

Support for:
- Oculus Rift™ SDK v1.3
- HTC Vive™

Updated Crossfire Profiles available for:

Additional Highlights

Support for:
- Doom™

New AMD Crossfire profile available for:
- Battleborn™

Fixed Issues

- Radeon Settings may sometimes suggest upgrading to an older driver revision when using the new driver notification feature.
- Frame Rate Target Control may not keep the users previous settings when disabled.
- The option to enable/disable AMD Crossfire™ technology logo may be missing on some system configurations from the" Gaming, Global Options" tab in Radeon Settings.
- Radeon Settings game manager does not display icons for Origin Games.
- Radeon Settings launch with Eyefinity profiles may sometimes not take effect after system has been rebooted for profiled games.
- Some characters or game areas are rendered very dark in Hitman™ using AMD Crossfire technology mode.
- Restore factory defaults may occasionally not work for the "Display" tab in Radeon Settings.
- The power efficiency toggle in Radeon Settings may be available to some unsupported system configurations.
- The text in Radeon Settings drop down menus may sometimes get cut off when in windowed mode with some Windows DPI scaling settings.
- League of Legends users may experience minor graphical corruption when using AMD Crossfire technology mode.
- Star Wars™: Battlefront users may see corrupted ground textures in the Survival of Hoth mission.

Known Issues

- A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay".
- Users in Quad AMD Crossfire technology configurations may be unable to re-enable AMD Crossfire mode when using the global AMD Crossfire option in the "Gaming" tab and toggling it from on to off.
- The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt inventory and character pages may exhibit flickering in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
- Call of Duty™: Advanced Warfare may exhibit stuttering when using AMD FreeSync™ technology and AMD Crossfire technology in conjunction.
- Installing Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.2 multiple times on the same machine after rebooting may cause the installer to hang.
- The AMD Crossfire mode options in Radeon Settings may not take effect on Origin or Uplay applications.
- Radeon Settings Additional Settings page may not be available when upgrading to Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.2 from the current windows update driver. As a work around please clean uninstall all current Radeon Software when upgrading if your system exhibits this issue.
- Some textures may exhibit flickering in Fallout™ 4 when using AMD Crossfire technology.
- Forza Motorsport 6: Apex™ may exhibit brightness flickering when using AMD FreeSync™ technology.
- Frame Rate Target Control gaming profiles may fail to enable for some games.

Note: A limited number of users on the /r/AMD subreddit have reported screen flickering and other graphical errors with RSCE 16.5.2. Unless you're are in need of the specific improvements mentioned in the release notes we would suggest holding off on updating, perhaps until the next round of drivers.

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