We love gaming at LaptopNinja, but even we realize that the experience isn’t always as good as it could be if you were running a high quality gaming desktop. While there are many great gaming laptops out there, a majority of the laptops sold around the world don’t include a discrete graphics card. In many cases, they use embedded graphics powered by Intel.
Now, Intel is looking to improve that gaming experience on laptops powered by the integrated graphics provided by Intel. New Intel graphic drivers released by the company have now been designed to improve the quality of gaming on your laptop by automatically adjusting the game settings of your system.
“Intel is introducing a new feature with the ability to automatically configure game settings for Intel® Graphics on 6th Gen Core Processors or higher (including upcoming systems with 8th Gen Core Processors with Radeon™ RX Vega M Graphics). Look for the ‘Gaming icon’ in the Graphics Control Panel. This feature is still in beta so game availability and functionality is limited. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this new feature, you can provide your feedback here.”
The new feature is very similar to NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience, and it includes a new application that will automatically adjust a game’s settings based on your hardware and the games requirements. These settings that then be tweaked even more so you can more easily optimize your gameplay on a variety of games.
The new driver, which can be downloaded here, is available for it’s Skylake processors and newer, and it has been stated that it will also come with the new Kaby Lake G chips with the AMD Radeon Vega graphics that will arrive on many laptops very soon.
So far, this new software only supports a handful of games, but Intel has already said that it plans on supporting many more games in the future. So far, you can make use of this new application on the following games: Battlefield 1, Battlefield 4, American Truck Simulator, Call of Duty WWII, Destiny 2, Dota 2, Grand Theft Auto V, League of Legends, Overwatch, and World of Tanks. If you have an Intel HD 620 or better, Fortnite: Battle Royale, They Are Billions, Lost Sphear, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age HD, OK KO: Let’s Play Heroes, Subnautica, Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds, and Dragon Ball FighterZ can be optimized. Finally, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, and Metal Gear Survive can be optimized if you have Intel’s high-end Iris Pro graphics. In the meantime, you can find out how well your laptop will perform with a variety of games by heading over to gameplay.intel.com.
It’s nice to see that the world of integrated graphics is getting a little gaming love. While these machines will never power games as well as discrete graphics, this type of optimization will no doubt improve the overall gaming experience and allow more and more PC owners to join the PC gaming world, and this is definitely a great thing for the industry as a whole.
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Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing for LaptopNinja where he enjoys talking about everything tech.