NVIDIA Announces GeForce Experience Cloud Service for Quality Presets

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 29, 2012 - 01:25 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, geforce experience, geforce

After spilling the beans about the new GeForce GTX 690 card at the GeForce LAN in Shanghai, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang also let loose on the GeForce Experience, a cloud-based service that promises to simplify the configuration of game settings based on your hardware.

The is incredibly simple but equally impressive in its scope: based on your particular hardware configuration including the processor, memory capacity, storage speed and of course the graphics card, the NVIDIA tool will set the optimal in-game settings and resolution.  The breadth of being able to cover ALL the available hardware in the enthusiast market and even the mobile field is enormous but NVIDIA is confident that they have the personnel and testing systems in place to cover it all.

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The process is pretty straight forward - when a user opens a game for the first time they will be presented with a screen that shows the default or current game settings side by side with the settings recommended by NVIDIA's GeForce Experience.  You can simply hit apply and the configuration files will be updated to the new settings and you are ready to start gaming.  Of course, users can simply use that GFE settings as a "base" and then modify them as they see fit.  

This will be particularly useful for the mobile market that is usually never addressed by the in-game auto configurations from companies like Valve, resulting in incredibly low frame rates or a horrible 800x600-style experience.  Now users will with machines running the somewhat unknown GT 540M will have the option to get some more modern, and hopefully realistic, settings easily applied.  

Obviously the goal is make gaming on the PC as simple as gaming on consoles and this type of service will definitely move the industry in the right direction.  With the beta supposedly starting in June, this is going to demand a long-term vision and constant and vigilant updates as new games, new driver revisions and user upgrades will constantly change what the "optimal" settings will be.  We wish NVIDIA the best of luck to be sure and we will be testing out the service in the not too distant future.  

April 29, 2012 | 01:55 PM - Posted by Wolvenmoon (not verified)

NVIDIA isn't in any of the consoles this time around, are they?

April 29, 2012 | 03:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What's your point and who cares if NVIDIA isn't doing any console work. That market is beneath them and not lucarative.

April 29, 2012 | 04:07 PM - Posted by Buyers

Beneath them and not lucrative? You hold nVidia in high regard to make such a fanboy comment like "beneath them". And not lucrative? Long term contracts shipping hundreds of thousands or even millions of units a year, getting your name/logo in millions of households, isn't lucrative? Or maybe you're just very anti-console. I'm not a console gamer myself, and think that the lifespan of this generation of consoles has held back pc gaming, but saying "beneath them" and "not lucrative" are ignorant comments.

April 30, 2012 | 04:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Are we forgetting nVidia's Tegra line of processors just a tad? I think that's hitting more households than any console ever hope to hit.

May 17, 2012 | 07:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lol Tegra.

Tegra is failing pretty hard currently and getting its ass handed to it by the latest SOC from Samsung and Apple.



April 29, 2012 | 05:46 PM - Posted by zakattak80 (not verified)

so is this service going to only work on nvidia branded cards.

April 30, 2012 | 11:21 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I would guess it will only work for Nvidia

Id be suprized if they did all there competitors work for them

its a "bonus" of buying an Nvidia card you can setup PC easily for a better but none defult setup

May 1, 2012 | 02:41 PM - Posted by Humanitarian

I like this idea, I seen a nVidia slide few days ago that said 4/5 of us don't bother to optimise for our games. That seems like an incredibly high number.

Kudos to them, it's gonna take a lot of work to get this ready. Hopefully it'll pay off.

May 9, 2012 | 03:40 AM - Posted by photonboy (not verified)

re: Geforce Experience

I believe it has been 5 years in the works.

The great thing is that the service will decide what looks best at a good frame rate. For example, it might drop Anti-Aliasing but raise the screen resolution. Or lower shadows, disable bloom etc.

It gets pretty complicated but if it works easily it will be awesome!

I hope it addresses VSYNC easily or gives you a choice, such as:

"enable 30FPS VSYNC and adjust other settings so VSYNC is achieved at least 90% of the time"

(rather than tweaking for 44FPS, but not enabling VSYNC thus getting screen tearing)

July 17, 2012 | 10:33 PM - Posted by jewie27 (not verified)

still waiting for Geforce experience. i don't like setting up all 40 of my steam games for my laptop. it would make things easier. My desktop run dual gtx 580's so on that, I run all max settings without hesitation.

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