While Intel’s integrated GPUs have never been a particularly strong option for PC gaming, it is an option that many still use to this date. In fact, Steam’s hardware survey will often show Intel iGPUs among the most used. To help those users, Intel is introducing a new feature to its graphics driver, which will automatically optimize game settings for better performance out of the gate.
This new feature is present in Intel’s latest driver update, which includes support for Kaby Lake G chips, which contain AMD’s Radeon Vega M graphics built in. These chips are expected to be a big improvement on the integrated graphics front, paving the way for triple A gaming on one chip, albeit at reduced settings.
Intel’s new graphics feature is somewhat similar to the Nvidia GeForce Experience, which allows Nvidia GPU owners to automatically optimize game settings based on their GPU. Plenty of big-name games are already supported by Intel’s auto-optimization feature, including Overwatch, GTA V, Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2 and League of Legends.
The latest driver update also contains optimization settings for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age HD, which are new releases.
KitGuru Says: After licensing AMD’s RX Vega GPU for its Kaby Lake G chips, and then promptly hiring former Radeon head Raja Koduri, it is clear that Intel has big ambitions in the graphics market. This appears to be the first step in that direction. Do many of you currently game on an Intel iGPU? Is this a feature that will be useful to you?