CPU and GPU giant AMD has announced a deal with Valve to use its Steam games distribution platform to deliver Catalyst driver updates to users.
Steam is a no-hassle platform. Not only does it allow you to by games over the Internet, it also applies patches and updates automatically without the hassles of having to trawl websites for the right download, bringing them in and them remembering to apply them. Now Radeon users will see that same convenience applied to driver updates.
AMD's corporate VP Ben Bar-Haim had the following to say:
"AMD Gaming Evolved and Valve share the belief that Gamers Come First. We now have the opportunity to work together to help ensure the best possible experience for PC gamers."
Valve's Jason Holtman added:
"PC gamers demand the most of their gaming hardware and providing these updates automatically will help ensure those playing via Steam are playing at optimal performance."
I think that this is a great idea, but I do hope that it offers users an easy way to roll-back to an earlier driver if things go wrong.
There's no word on when this service will roll out, but rumor has it that it will be in place for the next update, Catalyst 10.9.
Official word that the first update to roll down the Steam pipeline will be Catalyst 10.9.