Intel Releases Game On Software Driver for Counter-Strike 2, F1 23, Aliens: Dark Descent, Forever Skies, and Layers of Fear

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Intel has announced that its Graphics Beta Driver for Intel Arc A-Series Graphics and Intel Iris Xe Graphics is now available for download. The new driver, which weighs in at 610.5 MB, delivers performance improvements and optimizations for Counter-Strike 2, Aliens: Dark Descent, Forever Skies, Layers of Fear, and F1 23, the latter of which should now see a performance uplift of up to 33% in the 1080p resolution under certain settings. The Arc A750 can run Counter-Strike 2 at up to 167 FPS in the 1440p high setting, according benchmarks that Intel shared.

From the Intel release notes:


Intel Game On Driver support on Intel Arc A-series Graphics for:

  • Counter-Strike 2
  • F1 23
  • Aliens: Dark Descent
  • Forever Skies

Game performance improvements versus Intel software driver for:

  • Counter-Strike 2 (DX11)
    • Up to 10% uplift at 1080p with Very High settings
    • Up to 8% uplift at 1440p with High settings
  • F1 23 (DX12)
    • Up to 33% uplift at 1080p with Ultra High settings with Ray Tracing off
    • Up to 18% uplift at 1080p with Ultra High settings with Ray Tracing on
    • Up to 27% uplift at 1440p with High settings
  • Destiny 2 (DX11)
    • Up to 11% uplift at 1080p with Highest settings


  • Intel Arc Graphics Products:
  • Destiny 2 (DX11) may experience less than expected performance or stuttering during gameplay.
  • A blank screen or error may be observed in certain applications when embedding content using WebView2.


Intel Arc Graphics Products:

  • System may hang while waking up from sleep. May need to power cycle the system for recovery.
  • GPU hardware acceleration may not be available for media playback and encode with some versions of Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Topaz Video AI may experience errors when using some models for video enhancement.
  • Some users may experience a crash in F1 23 when changing the XeSS presets. Intel and the developer are aware of the issue and a fix will be coming in a future game patch.

Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics Products:

  • Driver installation may not complete successfully on certain notebook systems with both Intel Iris Xe + Iris Xe MAX devices. A system reboot and re-installation of the graphics driver may be required for successful installation.

Intel Core Processor Products:

  • Total War: Warhammer III (DX11) may experience an application crash when loading battle scenarios.
  • Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 (DX12) may exhibit corruption on certain light sources such as fire.
  • Conqueror’s Blade (DX12) may experience an application crash during game launch.
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (DX12) may experience application instability during gameplay


  • Using Arc Control Studio capture with certain games may incorrectly generate multiple video files.
  • With Intel Arc Control installed, systems may experience slightly higher than expected power consumption during system sleep or hibernate.
  • May observe “could not stop Highlights” notification when stopping Auto-Game Highlights.
  • The Camera on-screen preview may incorrectly persist when switching between Desktop and Overlay modes.
  • The “Connector” type in the Display page may incorrectly show DP when using an HDMI display connection.

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