Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has a new patch on PC, and this one adds support for DirectX 12, which has currently been added in a ‘preview’ mode. That means you have to jump through a harmless hoop or two to enable it. The ‘final’ DirectX 12 release is expected to occur in the week of Sept. 19, and it will enable multi-GPU support.
The developers have warned that DirectX 12 will only offer better performance on some systems, and may not be beneficial to all. There is also currently a bug that “causes some very high end cards to regress relative to DirectX 11.” The development team is currently dealing with this issue.
To enable the DirectX 12 preview, here’s what you need to do, according to the developers:
- Within your Steam Library, right-click on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
- Select ‘properties’ from the context menu and navigate to the Beta tab.
- From the dropdown menu, select dx12_preview then close the window.
Once this is done, you can enable the DirectX 12 option in the game’s launcher, or in the Display section of the in-game options. If you do the latter, you’ll have to restart the game for it to take effect.
Apart from the DirectX 12 support, there’s a bunch of other fixes and improvements in the patch as well:
- Fixed a freeze that happened for some players during the subway loading scene.
- Fix for issue where massive stalls would occur in Prague.
- Fixed issue where players could no longer save when they ran out of Steam Cloud space. (When the player runs out of space, the oldest saves will now be removed from the Steam Cloud. They will NOT be deleted and are still available from disk. They will remain present in your in-game ‘load game’ list.)
- Improved shadow behaviour in the distance when Contact Hardening Shadows is turned on.
- Fixed issue where tutorial messages could stay/re-appear on-screen after completing the tutorial.
- Fixed an issue where players could lose input control when hacking certain computers.
- Fixed various UI issues.
For more information, as well as instructions on how to revert to previous versions of the game (in case you’re having problems with the latest patch), check out the official Steam Community announcement.