With its GeForce Experience software, NVIDIA wants to give computer gamers the ultimate experience when battling alien invaders and other nefarious types.
The software can download new graphics drivers and set the best configuration for specific games, but it might not offer everything hard-core gamers hoped for.
NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience has opinions
When NVIDIA released the beta version of GeForce Experience (download site), serious PC gamers were intrigued. The ability to tweak and optimize graphics settings by using video-card software has been around for years. But rarely would the software look at a system’s CPU, GPU, and monitor and automatically set the best settings for specific games.
That’s what GeForce Experience is designed to do, and it uses a form of crowdsourcing to build its database of optimized settings. Once installed on a PC, the software watches game play and then sends hardware-configuration and performance data back to NVIDIA. That lets the company match up a huge variety of hardware configurations with the current crop of popular games. The results of that extensive analysis are then ported back to GeForce Experience and used to set what NVIDA believes is the best setting for a specific PC and game.
As new game patches become available and drivers are updated, those recommendations will undoubtedly change — useful (in theory) if you’re trying to maintain peak graphics performance on a PC. A graphics-driver update can have a huge impact on a system’s ability to process and render massive amounts of graphics elements.
GeForce Experience might miss targeted players
After using GeForce Experience for a while, I believe it benefits casual gamers more than real enthusiasts. The software’s automated assessments and recommendations make setting choices convenient — the recommended graphics settings can be enabled with a single mouse-click (see Figure 1). They’re applied immediately and without any user modifications to the game’s settings. (GeForce Experience can access a game’s user settings and override them.)
But for serious gamers, the GeForce Experience settings are relatively imprecise and fixed. They’re sort of all-or-nothing: you either take the settings you’re given or make up your own. Put another way, you can build your own custom configuration within the game’s settings menu, using GeForce Experience’s recommendations as a reference. But you can’t make even the most minor adjustments to these settings within the GeForce Experience application itself.