Nvidia has been making news about a new hotfix driver (V382.19) that has been posed into their support site. One important note to consider is that this announcement isn’t a WHQL release, and what should just be considered is that this driver is the solution to the stutters which many users are witnessing in Prey.
This even took place even with the aid of 382.05 drivers that were ‘game ready’ – or so they thought. It is also worth noting that Prey is actually an AMD endorsed title with Radeon as well as Ryzen showing on screen while the game is loading.
A lot of new drivers from Nvidia originated from GeForce site or via GeForce Experience. However, in the event that you’re playing using an Nvidia card and encounter the so-called stutters you will have to update your drivers manually.
I am a Prey enthusiast myself and I agree that the game encounters stuttering problems specially if using high presets on Nvidia GPU’s. Prey has a 144 fps framerate cap and it always hits the average framerate and the sad thing is that advanced cards such as 1080 and 1070 can go under 60 fps.
News Flash: it seems the new update from Prey has taken off the fps capping problem since I can now go above 144 fps. Thank you Arkane!
Here’s a graphic representation of the problem using GTX 1080 as example:
On this updated scatterplot, you’ll see that the new driver helped in the problem however didn’t completely fix it.
With the analyzed data, using 382.05 drivers on 1080 GPU creates an average of 138.7 fps however composes of a minimum 97% of 60.7 fps and goes as low as 10 fps. The 382.19 drivers on the other hand makes the game come up with a 141.5 fps rate having a minimum 97% of 82.8 and dips low to 25 fps. If you’re wondering what happens when using 1440p then the answer would be – the same thing happens. Back then, a GTX 1080 GPU would perform well at 105.4/48.4 fps and now for the updated drivers we get 104.9/77.3 fps.
Gamers will still notice a few jitters in its frame times however it wouldn’t be as noticeable as that with the recent updated. Let’s just hope that Nvidia continues in their venture about improving framerate pacings of their drivers. However for those who can’t help but play Prey whatever the state it has, I would recommend making use of the hotfix for a temporary fix on the stutters.