Ready for Battle: Battlefield Hardline’s Release Highlights Our Game Readiness

by Brian Burke

The release of Battlefield Hardline didn’t sneak up on me. I’ve been looking forward to it for months. My anticipation started long before I began playing the open Beta.

So, ahead of the game’s launch, I’m working through my pregame checklist:

  • Carve out some time to play
  • Update the driver
  • Preload the game
  • Optimize using GeForce Experience
  • Launch the game and go straight to multiplayer, skipping the campaign where applicable

That’s my pregame routine for big launches. But the story of how it became routine isn’t so simple.

NVIDIA invests more than anyone else in delivering a superior gaming experience, from install to play, through a combination of engineering efforts and support for developers.

One of those engineering efforts is called out in the second step of my routine: Game Ready drivers.

Your graphics driver is the software that links the operating system to a particular GPU. It controls how your graphic components work with the rest of your computer. Your GPU is only as good as your drivers. Nothing’s worse than launching a new game, only to find out it’s borked and you have to wait on a driver to fix it.

That’s why we work hard to ensure that our Game Ready drivers are available the day a game launches (or earlier) to provide the best possible gaming experience.

These Game Ready drivers make sure that your GeForce GTX GPU delivers the best possible experience with each game. This means optimal performance, bug-free game play, and smooth frame rates. They sometimes are an instant upgrade, delivering double-digit performance increases. They also deliver essentials like SLI and Optimus profiles or new features like Battery Boost or Dynamic Support Resolution (DSR). And since Game Ready drivers are nearly always WHQL-certified at launch by Microsoft, you know you’re getting the best quality.

In the last year, we had a steady cadence of Game Ready drivers, all timed with important game launches. If you were excited about Thief, TitanFall, Watch Dogs, Metro: Redux, Middle-earth:Shadow of Mordor, F1 2014, Aliens: Isolation, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, Civilization:Beyond Earth, Lords of the Fallen, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Dranear, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Far Cry 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, The Crew, Dying Light, Evolve or Total War: Attalla, we had you covered with a Game Ready driver on or before launch day.

Our goal is to set the benchmark in the industry with our driver program. And our hard work is paying off. In a recent review, hardware website Vortez.com said that our driver program sets the standard when it comes to being ready for every relevant game launch and offers excellent post-launch support.

NVIDIA works hard to deliver a superior experience through customer-focused initiatives such as day-of-launch driver support and the way GeForce Experience simplifies PC optimization and maintenance.

If you have a GeForce GTX GPU, you can get comfortable in your pregame routine.

So, get ready. Download our Game Ready driver for Battlefield Hardline and enjoy the fun.