Nvidia GeForce Experience, Cloud Based Game Configuration Service
One of the advantages that video game system players have is that they can play the games as they come, without having to change or tweak graphics settings to make the game run on their system. PC gamers on the other hand are not in such a comfortable position. Due to the mass of different configurations, from video cards to processors, memory and hard drives, it has become difficulty for developers to find the right default settings for each computer.
While experienced users may see the lack of configuration options as a disadvantage of game systems, inexperienced users may favor game systems exactly for that reason.
GeForce Experience was just announced at the GeForce Lan in Shanghai by Nvidia's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. The idea behind the service is to provide GeForce owners with auto-configuration options for their cards and PC hardware. When enabled, the service checks the computer's hardware to configures the system for the best gaming experience. Since this needs to be done on a game by game basis, it may mean that hardware settings may change frequently depending on the games played on the PC system.
According to the keynote, there are billions of combinations when hardware, games, and their configuration options are taken into consideration. That's probably one of the reasons why four out of five gamers do not use optimal PC gaming settings, according to Nvidia's research.
GeForce Experience consists of two components. First a cloud based configuration database that contains a large amount of configurations, with virtually every new PC game covered, and then a local component that is automatically retrieving the best configuration for the user's PC, with options to select this setup, or use a custom setup as it was possible before.
What GeForce Experience gives you, is the performance of the PC, and the simplicity of a game console.
The idea itself makes sense, especially for inexperienced computer users who like to play games on the PC. Instead of having to understand what settings like antialiasing or antisoptric filtering means or do, and whether changing one or the other setting improves performance or game quality, it is now in theory possibly to use the GeForce Experience recommended settings for a PC system automatically, to get the best visual quality and performance.
It remains to be seen though if the service is really that good in finding the best setting for a particular PC hardware configuration, or if manual tweaks will still have the upper hand here. It is not really clear if users have a say in the matter, for instance by selecting whether they prefer performance or quality, or a specific resolution or feature enabled / disabled.
A beta of Nvidia's GeForce Experience service will launch on 6.6.2012. The service itself will become available for all owners of Nvidia GeForce video cards. What's your take on this new technology?