New NVIDIA beta drivers improve Battlefield 3 performance

With the open beta test for Battlefield 3 set for release later this week, lots of PC gamers are hoping that the beta for the upcoming first person shooter will run on their gaming rigs. Today graphics chip maker NVIDIA has released a new set of GeForce beta drivers that it claims will improve the performance for people who have PCs with NVIDIA-based graphic cards.

The 285.38 GeForce beta drivers, depending on what graphics card you have, could boost performance of Battlefield 3 by as much as 38 percent. That number comes by comparing the new beta drivers with the previously released GeForce 285.27 drivers running the game on a GeForce GTX 570 graphics card at a resolution of 2650x1600 with the game's DirectX 11 support turned on. NVIDIA also says the new 285.38 GeForce beta drivers also will improve the "overall stability and image quality" for Battlefield 3.

If you happen to have an AMD Radeon graphics card and want to play the open beta for Battlefield 3, don't fret. A developer of the company's Catalyst drivers used his Twitter page to announce that AMD will release a special driver made especially for Battlefield 3 this week along with its regular monthly Catalyst driver update.

The Battlefield 3 open beta, which will let players check out one of the game's multiplayer maps, Operation Metro, will launch on Tuesday, September 27 for people who pre-ordered 2010's first person shooter Medal of Honor along with PC gamers who pre-ordered the digital download version of Battlefield 3. Everyone else will get access to the beta on Thursday, September 29.

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Even though it was a beta... Horrible experience with thus far.

1. Servers crash a lot wiping any promotions you may have acquired.
2. It only supports 2 mouse buttons and scroll wheel.
3. You cannot configure your settings unless you are in game on a server. If there are other people there you will get killed a bunch of times because you are just standing there.
4. When they kill you it drops you out of the configuration menu and you have to start over because your changes were not saved.
5. It does everything from Internet Explorer. You choose your server and it then launches the gaming executable. Worst system ever. Tried to be steam and failed badly.
6. Mini map in game is so small it is pretty much useless.
7. Beta has no vehicles.
8. Half the key bindings don't work. When you bind a key you lose your mouse pointer so you have to hit escape and save your changes after every binding... Exceptionally annoying. Especially if someone in game just stabbed you and you are now sitting back at the main menu and your bindings did not save.
9. COD wanna be. I loved the previous battlefields but this game just screamed COD:MW I never at any time felt like I was playing battlefield. I did feel like I was playing a bad version of COD MW.
10. The best part of this... You can return the game at anytime before Oct. 24th and get a refund.

If you're really worried about origin, buy the game but wait for it to be cracked. It's completely legal if you have purchased a physical copy of the game..

SSCorporal said,
If you're really worried about origin, buy the game but wait for it to be cracked. It's completely legal if you have purchased a physical copy of the game..

Dou tfull as the multiplayer is selected via the Origin browser, not ingame, as well as stats / unlock reporting. So any crack that would be done im assuming would only be single player with perma default kits

I just hope they actually put a little effort into their servers this time around, when BC2 launched their login servers were crashing for weeks. If they don't realize how many players are getting BF3 and take steps to cover that, its gonna suck.

Am I the only one still ****ed that they are forcing Origin on people to play this game? I'm just really really upset about having another pc of software on my computer when I don't need it. I try to keep everything lean but this is just crazy of EA to force.

sava700 said,
Am I the only one still ****ed that they are forcing Origin on people to play this game? I'm just really really upset about having another pc of software on my computer when I don't need it. I try to keep everything lean but this is just crazy of EA to force.

No one is forcing you to buy it. But if you want BF3 on PC, then you will have to deal.

sava700 said,
Am I the only one still ****ed that they are forcing Origin on people to play this game? I'm just really really upset about having another pc of software on my computer when I don't need it. I try to keep everything lean but this is just crazy of EA to force.

It's no different to publishers forcing you to have Steam installed... I'm guessing you're ok with that? I do agree on the whole though that Origin is pointless... there shouldn't be a separate games download service for each game maker.

sava700 said,
Am I the only one still ****ed that they are forcing Origin on people to play this game? I'm just really really upset about having another pc of software on my computer when I don't need it. I try to keep everything lean but this is just crazy of EA to force.

Do you need Origin installed if you go and buy the game on physical media..?

Chicane-UK said,

Do you need Origin installed if you go and buy the game on physical media..?

You can only play online with the PC version via an origin account.

TCLN Ryster said,

It's no different to publishers forcing you to have Steam installed... I'm guessing you're ok with that? I do agree on the whole though that Origin is pointless... there shouldn't be a separate games download service for each game maker.

Somewhat agree there, though I'd rather that no one provider has a monopoly on distribution profits. And EA really needs its own system, they have SWTOR coming and distributing a subscription based MMO on steam would be a nightmare.

On top of that origin runs suprisingly nicely and uses minimal resourses. All in all im fairly impressed.

n_K said,
Interesting, but does it improve performance with anything or JUST BF3?

One Crysis 2 performance issue under DX 9 also resolved.