WB Games Admits Batman: Arkham Knight Has Issues With AMD Cards

Batman Arkham Knight Nvidia Sabotage

Another game heavily promoted with Nvidia’s GameWorks is now cited to have issues on AMD cards. This is before the game’s release. The name of the game? None other than Rocksteady Studios’ highly anticipated Batman: Arkham Knight. The game is claimed to have performance problems and the system requirements have been adjusted to reflect those problems.

Pixel Dynamo does a brief write-up on WB Games’ response about the issue, where they admitted that the minimum system requirements have been adjusted to reflect the changes cropping up from the issues of the game running on AMD cards. You can check out the revised minimum system requirements below.

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2 GB Memory Minimum) | AMD Radeon HD 7950 (3 GB Memory Minimum)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection required
  • Hard Drive: 45 GB available space

You can compare the system specs above with the ones originally made public back on April 23rd, 2015 via Eurogamer.

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • Graphics Memory: 2 GB
  • DirectX: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 45 GB

So as you can see, the main change is that there’s now a 3GB VRAM commitment required from an AMD card for the minimum specs. Also, check that 7950 requirement. Yikes.

According to Warner Bros., Interactive Entertainment’s community manager Yorick, commented about the issue plaguing AMD cards, saying…

“We also want to note that there are some known issues with the performance of Batman: Arkham Knight for PC owners using AMD graphics cards. We are working closely with AMD to rectify these issues as quickly as possible and will provide updates here as they become available. We thank you for your patience in this matter.”

This is the same problem that AMD users had with Project CARS and The Witcher 3. During that fiasco some people decided to fall on the side of calling it a conspiracy theory when AMD said that Nvidia sabotaged the software for anything that wasn’t Maxwell.

It turns out, AMD was right.

Now they’re back in the cockpit of cacophony as another GameWorks title is running piss poor on the black and red brand. Although, it hasn’t been confirmed yet if that is the actual cause of the problems.

AMD may not be achieving the same level of technological advancement as Nvidia when it comes to APIs or pure horsepower, but this whole little shindig with GameWorks crippling performance of AMD cards appears to make them look weak and incompetent.

Hopefully AMD can come up with some sort of counter initiative because this is becoming a prominent and consistent issue on AMD cards with any AAA game running GameWorks.

Batman: Arkham Knight launches June 23rd for the PS4, PC and Xbox One. The limited edition of the game was recently delayed and the Batmobile Edition was cancelled.