Battlefield 4: AMD Mantle update live, will evolve over time

Battlefield 4 developer DICE has released a new PC update that enables AMD Mantle support.  BF4 had been missing support of the key technology, but they have been working hard to add support.  The studio has discussed its ongoing development of Mantle features in a new blog post.

In a post on Battlelog, Frostbite technical director Johan Andersson wrote, “Mantle is a new low-level graphics API that we’ve been working very closely with AMD on over the last 2 years and it is a major change & improvement to how we are able to program & use modern GPUs in order to get the most out of them.

“Battlefield 4 on PC is already quite heavily optimized using DirectX 11 and DirectX 11.1, but with Mantle we are able to go even further: we’ve significantly reduced CPU cost in our rendering, efficiently parallelized it over multiple CPU cores and reduced overhead in many areas.”

He added that using Mantle support, DICE has been able, “to streamline and optimize some of the GPU workload,” and that the, “end result is that game performance is improved in virtually all scenarios in Battlefield 4 on both Windows 7 and Windows 8 when running with Mantle.”  Battlefield 4 will begin it’s fan appreciation month next week.