Watch Dog's appetite for video RAM seems to be the root cause of performance problems on the PC
After all the anticipation and patient waiting, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs title arrived on PC and several different game consoles earlier this week. Unfortunately, performance on the PC isn't up to par. Users have complained of lag, stuttering, and weird graphical anomalies when playing Watch Dogs, all of which appear to be due to the game's heavy reliance on VRAM. That's the bad news. The good news is that a performance patch for Watch Dogs on PC is coming.
A Mantle patch is coming, but bug stomping takes top priority
AMD anticipated Battlefield 4 (BF4) being the first PC title to support its new Mantle API via a patch that was supposed to be made available before the end of the month. As it stands, BF4 will still be the first Mantle-optimized title, but the promised patch won't debut until sometime next month. Word from those in the trenches is that fixing various bugs in BF4 is taking a bit longer than expected.
A newly discovered security hole in Office could allow remote code execution
Microsoft has discovered a vulnerability in the graphics component of its Windows, Office, and Lync software that could allow hackers to execute malicious code from a remote location. The software giant said it is aware of targeted attacks that attempt to exploit the vulnerability in Office and has suggested a series of workarounds until it can issue a permanent patch. In the meantime, Microsoft has made available a piece of "Fix it" software to automatically apply the workaround procedures in affected products.
Update applies to Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012
One of the most anticipated feature updates introduced with Windows 8.1 was the upgrade to Internet Explorer 11. The new browser was built with touch computing in mind and included several nifty upgrades, such as the ability to have 100 tabs open per window, side-by-side browsing, support for plugin-free HTML5 video, a Reading View, and more. Unfortunately, it also introduced some quirks, which Microsoft hopes to fix with a new patch.
It's been more than two years since the last SupCom2 patch. Is there something more at play?
If you needed an excuse to revisit Supreme Commander 2, a real-time strategy (RTS) title that debuted to PC just over three years ago, here it is. There's a new patch available and it promises to fix a bevy of AI issues and improve game play in a number of areas, not to mention a reworking of the economy, which our sister site PC Gamer says is the biggest change of all. That's all well and good, but what should we make of the timing of this patch?
Latest security bulletin addresses three vulnerabilities
February is proving to be a very busy month for those tasked with the unenviable task of plugging Flash Player holes at Adobe. The Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) on Tuesday announced the availability of new security updates for the Flash Player. This is the third time this month that the company has had to release security updates for the ubiquitous plugin.
Microsoft today issued an advance notification of this month’s “Patch Tuesday” security updates for Windows and other software developed by it. According to its security bulletin advance notification for July 2012, Microsoft will deliver three “critical” and twice as many “important” security updates next Tuesday. Hit the jump for more.
Reapers have it in for planet Earth, and if that's not enough of a challenge, there are plenty of bugs in Mass Effect 3 to go around. Hey, no one claimed saving the planet would be easy. It does, however, get a little easier after applying the 1.03 patch BioWare released to PC on Tuesday (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers will have to wait until to Thursday to get theirs).
With Diablo III going through growing pains, perhaps you've found yourself going back to Skyrim to pick more pockets and to slay a few more dragons. The problem with Skyrim is that even though there's so much to do, it has a tendency to get repetitive, though continued updates and mods are helping to keep things fresh. The newest update, straight from Bethesda, adds a brand new element to Skyrim in the form of mounted combat.
Microsoft will deliver six security bulletins on April 10, 2012 as part of its monthly security update, the Redmond-based company said in an advance notification Thursday. The six security bulletins will, between them, address 11 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, SQL Server. .NET Framework and Forefront Unified Access Gateway. Hit the jump for more.