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Appeared on: Monday, November 28, 2011
NVIDIA GeForce 290.36 Beta Drivers Released

The new NVIDIA GeForce 290.36 beta drivers are now available to download.

Recommended for gamers diving into Batman: Arkham City , the drivers also add official support for Ambient Occlusion in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Furthermore, a Battlefield 3 fix is included to combat the random appearance of triangular artifacts, a SLI shadow bug is stamped out in Crysis 2, and Settlers 7 corruption is eliminated.

On the tech side, the 290.36 beta drivers enable NVIDIA Surround on newly-released X79 SLI-certified motherboards, and native 3D Vision DisplayPort 1.1 connections are now possible on BenQ XL2420T and BenQ XL2420TX monitors.

As mentioned, the 290.36 beta drivers now allow for the use of Ambient Occlusion directly through the control panel in the two most popular titles of the moment: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

If you're unfamiliar with Ambient Occlusion, it is most easily described as a way to make in-game shadowing more realistic, and therefore better. The effect can be enabled through the NVIDIA Control Panel. Of course, there will be a performance impact, depending on your hardware set up.

Release Notes In Full

NVIDIA Ambient Occlusion

NVIDIA PhysX

NVIDIA Surround

NVIDIA SLI

3D Vision

HD Audio

Bug Fixes

Click here to download the GeForce 290.36 beta drivers.



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