AMD effectively ‘unlaunches’ Anti-Lag+ technology with new drivers
AMD released a new driver that disabled Anti-Lag+ in all supported games.
After numerous reports of gamers facing account bans when utilizing AMD’s new Anti-Lag+ technology, the company has taken a drastic step to address the issue. Initially, they removed the old driver and have now introduced a new driver that deactivates the technology for all supported games. This action was prompted by the growing number of gamers encountering account bans due to this severe issue.
The newly released 23.10.2 driver comes just one week after the 23.10.1 driver, which was the first to introduce Anti-Lag+ support for Counter Strike 2. However, concerns regarding potential issues with this technology had surfaced at least three weeks prior, with reports of gamers encountering problems while using it in titles like Call of Duty MW2, PUBG, or Apex Legends. In online games, anti-cheating mechanisms were erroneously detecting Anti-Lag+ as a form of hacking, resulting in swift bans.
AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 23.10.2 is now available.
— AMD Radeon (@amdradeon) October 17, 2023
The company aimed to offer gamers an effortless means of reducing latency in numerous games by introducing an enhanced version of Anti-Lag. This technology operates at the GPU driver level, modifying the game’s DLLs, in contrast to NVIDIA Reflex, which serves the same purpose but relies on game developers for implementation.
It appears rather peculiar that AMD did not consider the implications of this approach before rolling out the technology to the wider user base. It seems that while their intentions were good, the implementation clearly required game publishers’ support, at the very least for whitelisting the technology. It appears these necessary steps were overlooked. While Anti-Lag+ is expected to function smoothly with offline games, its compatibility with the online gaming community is in question.