From the blog post:
Only when all this work is completed will we start the driver via GeForce.com and GeForce Experience. And because the Game Ready Driver Program and our promise of quality depend on all this work, we do not release subpar beta drivers with minimal testing, let alone multiple conflicting beta drivers from different branches of development that support different games and products that confuse customers .
Of course, smart PC gamers already know that despite Nvidia’s in-depth testing and verification process, the company still handles occasional driver issues. Sometimes Nvidia needs to release an updated driver to resolve issues caused by the original driver.
Despite the jab at AMD, the video itself is well made and does a good job of overseeing the process of creating drivers from start to finish. The Game Ready program was launched in 2014 as a way to optimize drivers by interacting directly with game development teams.
Nvidia also boasted that each Game Ready driver was Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certified. That said, WHQL certification is certainly appreciated, but focuses more on Windows functionality rather than specific games.
Finally, releasing “beta” drivers is not necessarily a bad thing. By definition, a beta version is a trial version of any third-party software or product during the final stages of development. It allows people outside the development to put new eyes on the product and can lead to finding bugs that were otherwise undetected by the development team.
Of course, as a video on drivers, Nvidia has also released its latest 512.59 Game Ready drivers, which include optimizations for Dune: Spice Wars. It also includes ray tracing support for the Chernobylite survival game and adds DLSS support for JX3 Online and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt.
David Matthews is a freelance writer specializing in consumer technology and gaming. He is also very convinced that sugar does not go into groats. Follow him on Twitter @shortblktechie