AMD’s anti-lag feature is causing bans in Counter-Strike 2 (Update: AMD Pulled Driver)

AMD's latest feature is causing headaches for Counter-Strike 2 players

MajorLinux - Editor-in-chief

Update (10/16/2023 12:11pm):

According to Ars Technica, AMD has allegedly taken down the latest versions of the AMD Adrenalin Edition graphics drivers. This appears to be a direct result to the issues reported below.

It has also been mentioned that Apex Legends is also banning players for a similar issue.

Original story:

A warning has been issued for Counter-Strike 2 players on AMD GPUs that the anti-lag featuring in the latest driver update could get them banned from the game. The feature apparently triggers the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system by leading it to think the low-latency feature is a game cheat.

The issue is stemming from the feature interfering with Dynamic Link Library (DLL) functions. When VAC notices these disturbances, they flag them as cheats (any other time, they usually are).

Many Reddit users have been reporting about the VAC bans they are receiving after updating the AMD driver (23.10.1) with the anti-lag feature enabled. Some have called on Valve to reverse the bans quickly.

Valve definitely agrees and have stated that they will reverse the bans as soon as AMD issues a fix for the driver.

As you can see, Valve recommends that users disable Anti-Lag+ until both AMD and Valve resolve the issue. Once that’s done, Valve will reverse the VAC bans that users have received and allow them back into the game.

To be clear, this only affects AMD Radeon 7000-series users. If that’s you, you can disable this feature by using the hotkey Alt + L or you can go to the AMD Radeon Software and checking there.

While the excitement for Counter-Strike 2 has been great, it hasn’t been without issue. Notably, earlier this week, Valve announced that they were no longer supporting Macs and PCs with older hardware. So, whether you have very old hardware or really new hardware, Counter-Strike 2 might not be the game for you at the moment.

Sources: Engadget, The Verge, Ars Technica

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Marcus Summers is a Linux system administrator by trade. He has been working with Linux for nearly 15 years and has become a fan of open source ideals. He self identifies as a socialist and believes that the world's information should be free for all.
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