One of the things that many casual gamers look over and miss when gaming on their PC is the adjustment of graphics settings of their games. With the ability to adjust graphics being just about non-existent on consoles, it’s easy to see why casual gamers don’t realize that they can on a PC… those who do may not even know what to adjust to get the best frame rate (though it’s remarkably easy to learn once you do an internet search!).
Nvidia wants to take the guesswork out of adjusting settings with its new GeForce Experience application it brought out today in closed beta. GeForce Experience works in conjunction with Nvidia’s graphics drivers (naturally, you’ll have to be using a Nvidia graphics card in your machine; don’t even try it with your AMD card because it won’t work – we’ve tried) to optimize the settings of various game titles to ideally make graphics look their best while maintaining a fluid frame rate (Nvidia wants to target at least 40 to 60 FPS minimum frame rate for games).
Upon the first time you run it, the software scans your PC for games and lists the titles that have been tested. GeForce Experience then grabs sets of settings that suit your computer’s configuration, which are customized and tested in thousands for thousands of different setups using a custom supercomputer at NVIDIA-land, from the internet and downloads them to your machine. The software also ensures that your Nvidia driver is up to date.
The GeForce Experience interface also shows you a comparison between current and optimal settings for your games, as shown in the screenshot above (screenshot courtesy of NVIDIA), and also gives you a brief tooltip on what adjusting each setting does to affect graphics quality.
GeForce Experience will support 32 game titles right out of the box along with Kepler and Fermi graphics cards (basically year 2010 or newer graphics cards). The software is currently in closed beta to 10,000 lucky users, though Nvidia plans to have an open beta for everyone in the near future.