AMD Radeon Anti-Lag 2 is here, requires game integration, available now in Counter-Strike 2

After the Anti-Lag+ controversy last year, AMD is now back with Anti-Lag 2, a new game integration technology debuting in Counter-Strike 2.

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AMD Radeon Anti-Lag 2 has been formally announced and is now available in 'technical preview' form in Counter-Strike 2. Like NVIDIA's Reflex latency reduction technology, the new Radeon Anti-Lag 2 requires game integration - unlike Anti-Lag or last year's short-lived Anti-Lag+.

AMD Radeon Anti-Lag 2 in Counter-Strike 2.

AMD Radeon Anti-Lag 2 in Counter-Strike 2.

The choice of Counter-Strike 2 to debut Anti-Lag 2 is an excellent move from AMD because of the whole Anti-Lag+ controversy. Here's a quick rundown: Anti-Lag+ was launched as an in-driver solution for latency reduction in September 2023. Fast forward to October 2023, and Counter-Strike 2 players with Anti-Lag+ enabled were banned for cheating. It turns out Anti-Lag+ worked by accessing and even modifying game code and data.

From there, AMD disabled Anti-Lag+ and then removed it entirely. And now, several months later, we've got the new and very different Anti-Lag 2 that requires game integration.

"We've partnered closely with Valve to integrate Radeon Anti-Lag 2 into Counter-Strike 2, and a game update and technical preview AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition driver is available now to enable it for a more responsive esports experience and the ultimate in low-latency gaming," AMD writes.

The technology is an improvement over the existing Anti-Lag, with AMD describing how it works straightforwardly. Anti-Lag 2's frame alignment, which syncs up the CPU and GPU to improve response times, is applied in the game code, which now works with the driver to reduce CPU latency. This makes it a Radeon-specific technology that requires at least a Radeon RX 5000 Series GPU or Ryzen 6000 Series Processors with Radeon graphics. Game developers also need to add it to their games.

AMD Radeon Anti-Lag 2 is here, requires game integration, available now in Counter-Strike 2 03

Valve's Counter-Strike 2 is the first title to roll out support for the new Anti-Lag 2 technology. AMD supplied the chart (seen above) showing the difference it makes to system latency.

You can download theAMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 24.5.1 For Anti-Lag 2 Technical Preview driver here. AMD notes that the new driver also includes a Radeon Anti-Lag 2 Latency Monitor, which shows FPS, the latency in ms, and the latency in frames.

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Kosta is a veteran gaming journalist that cut his teeth on well-respected Aussie publications like PC PowerPlay and HYPER back when articles were printed on paper. A lifelong gamer since the 8-bit Nintendo era, it was the CD-ROM-powered 90s that cemented his love for all things games and technology. From point-and-click adventure games to RTS games with full-motion video cut-scenes and FPS titles referred to as Doom clones. Genres he still loves to this day. Kosta is also a musician, releasing dreamy electronic jams under the name Kbit.

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