Playing with GeForce Experience

Nvidia has generated a clever new app for PC gamers that uses an Nvidia GPU (desktop or notebook) called the GeForce Experience.

The app has two features: a DVR-like recorder, called ShadowPlay, that will make a video of what you did in the game, and an optimizer/tuner for game settings.

When the app is run it finds all the games on your machine—well, most games; it didn’t find Stalker, but that’s because the app only finds games that are supported. To see if your favorite games are supported go to http://www.

SCREEN SHOT of Nvidia’s GeForce Experience control panel.


After the app inventories your machine, the main screen appears. The main screen shows a list of the games, and when you select one, a screen shot of the game appears in the window under the settings list. You can decide if you want the game optimized or not (we recommend it). If you allow the app to optimize the settings, it matches them to the AIB in your machine.

We have spent hours, literally, trying to find the sweet spot of settings in a game. Each and every game is different—you can’t even guess correctly, even if a game uses the same game engine as another game. In the case of Call Of Duty: Ghosts, there are 14 settings that are adjusted by the app.

If you decide you want to enhance one parameter more or less, you can do that by clicking on the Revert button.

The app also sets up your game machine to stream to Nvidia Shield. When we first tried that with beta code, we couldn’t get it to work. For Shield to work best, you need an 802.111n dual ban router.

GeForce Experience also configures the LED Visualizer for GTX690 and later AIBs with the 320.49 or later driver.

GeForce Experience optimizes in game settings (shadow quality, AA, etc.). It does not touch GPU/hardware settings like GPU temperature targets, overvoltaging, or overclocking. These settings are controlled using third-party utilities like EVGA Precision, MSI Afterburner, or Asus GPU Tweak.

What do we think?

Very cool, very helpful, very welcome.—J.P. s