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NVIDIA GeForce Experience Beta now improved and open to all

by Mark Tyson on 25 January 2013, 11:04

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), PC

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The NVIDIA GeForce Experience Beta program is now available for anyone who wishes to do so to download. Last month the NVIDIA GeForce Experience was launched as a closed beta but even so it was downloaded, tinkered with and enjoyed by over 40,000 gamers. NVIDIA has looked through the closed beta feedback and made many improvements, refinements and tweaks to the optimisation GeForce Experience software.

The NVIDIA GeForce Experience program works in the following way; It keeps you up to date with the latest drivers and also “NVIDIA performs extensive game testing for various combinations of GPUs, CPUs, and monitor resolutions and stores this information in the NVIDIA cloud. GeForce Experience connects to the NVIDIA Cloud and downloads optimized game settings tailored specifically to your PC”.

As well as being open, the new NVIDIA GeForce Experience Beta program supports ten more hit games which include; Far Cry 3, Mechwarrior Online, Hawken, Hitman Absolution, Left 4 Dead 2, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Fable III, The Secret World, Football Manager 2013 and Fallout New Vegas. These additions bring the total list of supported games to 41. Due to popular demand optimal setting for resolutions of 2560 x 1440 displays have been added to the utility. Furthermore the application has been made compatible with some older CPUs that NVIDIA consider powerful enough to be worthy, these include Intel’s Core 2 Duo and Quad CPUs. The NVIDIA GeForce Experience Beta program also has improved game detection and implements a handful of bug fixes and other miscellaneous improvements.

Before you go and download the application, though it’s only 9.16MB, it’s a very good idea to check the complete system requirements and the full list of supported games. Please note that Windows XP is currently not supported by the program.

For optimal settings NVIDIA suggests the following hardware minimum requirements

  • GPU: Fermi or Kepler-based GeForce 400, 500, 600 Series or higher (desktop and notebook) GPU
  • CPU: Intel Core i7, i5, i3 or higher, Limited game support for Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad, AMD Phenom II, Athlon II, Phenom X4 or higher
  • Display: Any display with 1024x768 to 2560x1600 resolution
  • *Windows XP is not currently supported but will be added in a later release.

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On the whole the application looks like a great free utility to help you get the most out of your games library and your hard-earned NVIDIA hardware. With easy one click settings, thanks to the improved game detection logic, and being such a small download its well worth a try.



HEXUS Forums :: 16 Comments

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Just installed it and looks good. Thankfully it found the games that are on Steam, and apparently all my settings are too low lol, so will try them with the optimized settings and see how I get on.

Additionally will be better when they add more games.

Thanks for the news Hexus
Hmm, the thought of having some magic app that can tweak and tune a game to give best possible settings is something that I really like the sound of. Yes, I know games themselves do this (to an extent) but my experience with those has been pretty poor.

For example, on Just Cause 2 - the “optimized” settings were so laggy that it was unplayable. All that was needed was to move physics to the graphics card.

So thumbs up for this utility from me, especially if they continue to extend it's coverage and also don't end up limiting it to the latest and greatest from the green team - some of us are still slumming it with 400 series cards (or older).
After playing with it, well to be honest there isn't an awful lot to play with I have noticed it really does seem to choose the optimum settings, like on one game it turned off one feature entirely, so it's not just an app that turns everything up to max to make it look better.

Definitely needs a lot more games to be supported but it's definitely a good start and hopefully it will be continuously updated.
I've been using it for a couple of weeks now, it works well for most games but there are a few issues like it not detecting my Far Cry 3 properly. Beta is beta I guess.
Sounds pretty interesting. I often sacrifice pretty settings to get higher FPS as it makes the experience more comfortable for me so im curious as to how this could effect my experience.