NVIDIA has released the latest version of their GPU drivers, version 384.76, but it seems to be causing a few problems around the Internet with gamers. In particular, these latest drivers seem to cause Watch Dogs 2 to crash. So far, there is no solution, other than not updating to the latest drivers at all. If you play Watch Dogs 2, I recommend holding off before running the latest driver updates. You could be sorry if you do. If you have already done it, you may want to roll back to a previous version if you want to play Watch Dogs 2.
As far as NVIDIA goes, they are aware of the problem, but so far haven’t offered any type of official patch to the drivers to fix the problem. Here is what they say on their forums:
- Your PC may boot to a black screen if you have DuetDisplay installed on a PC running Windows 10 Creators Update. Please uninstall the software until the issue is addressed by the app developer.
- Watch Dogs 2 may crash on launch with driver 384.76.
This driver release hasn’t been without its issues. A server problem caused the latest version to not show up on the website, meaning you had to go through NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience Software. On top of that, the release notes don’t mention anything about the Watch Dogs 2 problem at all, much less any of the other bugs with the update.
While this may not have been the best rollout of a driver update NVIDIA has ever had and yes the driver has caused a couple of new problems, it does fix many different bugs and issues found in previous versions of the software. For example, it fixes the stuttering issues on Prey when using a Geforce GTX 1060, 1070 or 1080 graphics card.
Of course, the main reason for this release was to add in optimizations for the LawBreakers open beta and the upcoming Spiderman: Homecoming Experience (VR). If you don’t plan on playing these two titles, you may want to avoid this update altogether. At the very least, you may want to hold off a little while to give NVIDIA a chance to patch the problems they have found in this version of the driver.
As far as releases go, this is definitely one of the rougher ones for NVIDIA, probably the roughest one I have seen in quite some time. In fact, the company has a reputation for very smooth driver releases. Sure, there are problems here and there, but for the most part the releases go on without a hitch. This is the first in quite some time that has been met with more than one large bug. Still, if you don’t play Watch Dogs 2 or you plan on playing titles such as LawBreakers, then you may want to go ahead and run the update anyway, as the drivers bring with them many bug fixes and improvements that will enhance your gameplay.
Do you play Watch Dogs 2? If so, are you having problems since updating? Tell me about it in the comments below.
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