[Upgrade] Electronic Arts has revised the support page for Need for Speed Unbound to clarify that customers need to update the BIOS on their motherboards, not their graphics cards, to resolve the issue with the game.
[ORIGINAL STORY] There is a bug in Need for Speed Unbound that affects NVIDIA’s RTX 4090 graphics card. This bug cannot be remedied by installing updated graphics drivers or any other upgrade to the graphics card.
So, let’s begin with the most fundamental inquiry, shall we? What exactly is the problem here? Electronic Arts claims to display flashing and blinking difficulties when playing the game on a computer equipped with an RTX 4090 graphics card. The good news is that there is a solution to this problem that can be applied. The piece of bad news is that to get the repair working, a little bit of labor is required.
Updating the RTX 4090’s firmware is necessary to ensure that games such as Need for Speed Unbound be played correctly. The wholly automated NVIDIA Firmware Update Tool may now be downloaded and used from inside the Windows operating system.
You will be able to play Need for Speed Unbound without any problems after using this utility to conduct a video BIOS update on your RTX 4090 card, which will then enable you to play the game without any problems.
Additionally, the tool does not violate the factory overclock or custom power limitations established by NVIDIA’s add-in card (AIC) partners for custom-designed graphics cards. TechPowerUp conducted their study into the matter and corroborated the results by running the tool on a Palit RTX 4090 GameRock OC and the NVIDIA Founders Edition card.
According to the publication, the tool appears to have been developed to function well on all RTX 4090 GPUs. In addition, it can update a particular section of the video BIOS without affecting the BIOS version, the date it was built, or any user-defined AIC settings. Even though the BIOS checksum is being updated regularly, this does not appear to have any impact on its digital signature.
This firmware update should also solve an additional issue, which is that certain graphics cards installed in motherboards that support UEFI might display blank displays during start-up until the operating system boots. Therefore, if you see blank displays as your computer boots up, this utility should be able to help you.
In Need for Speed Unbound for the PC, a second, less significant bug has been discovered, which relates to Dualsense controllers. Although Electronic Arts do not currently have a solution to this particular problem, they recommend utilizing DS4Windows as a workaround to play the game.
The racing video game Need for Speed Unbound is now available for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and personal computers; shortly, we will publish our evaluation of the game.