GeForce Experience Gets New Features & Locks Driver Downloads to GFE

The good news - if you grab the latest drivers then you will have noticed that GeForce Experience has received updates. If you are up-to date just hit check for updates in GeForce Experience. The bad news, Nvidia is forcing (in the near future) its Game Ready drivers to be downloaded through GeForce Experience. That means the  software (which the majority of people feels is bloatware) will become mandatory to be able to download first wave drivers.

Okay so NVIDIA has added a number of features over the past couple of years tied to their NVENC hardware encoder that resides in your GPU for GameStream, ShadowPlay, and most recently the beta for Share and GameStream Co-Op.  You will notice that:

Moving on to the bombshell that Nvidia dropped today. Apparantly NVIDIA informed USA press only, so we heard this 2nd hand through unofficial channels only. 

Starting with a pending December update to GeForce Experience, NVIDIA will be changing the way they will distribute their driver updates. Nvidia currently posts new drivers on a regular basis to their website while also simultaneously pushing them out via GeForce Experience. Come December starting pending that update, this format will changing. GeForce Experience will be the preferred “first access” distribution mechanism for NVIDIA’s frequent driver updates. That means Nvidia will shove GeForce Experience down your throat whether you like it or not. So in short - you’ll be able to install Game Ready drivers only via GeForce Experience — and even then only after you’ve registered a verified email address with Nvidia. The drivers you can grab on or via Windows Update will also be limited to quarterly releases for bug fixes, new features, security updates and so on. Aside from perhaps a hotfix here and there.

There you have it guys, in an increasing complicated PC market where you should serve the end-users, and not annoy them I feel Nvidia made a huge mistake here.

If you like to see the new features, grab the latest GeForce 358.50 drivers here.

GeForce Experience Gets New Features & Locks Driver Downloads to GFE

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