GeForce Experience 1.8: New ShadowPlay, Optimal Settings

Nvidia is pushing out an update for its GeForce Experience suite, and some tweaks for ShadowPlay, audio capture, and game settings customization.

ShadowPlay, the baked-in feature that allows GeForce GTX 600 and 700 series GPU owners to capture game footage, is getting a boost, first and foremost. Windows 7 users can now record up to 20 minutes of footage, and multiple audio sources can now be recorded. Want to capture in-game audio and the chatter in your Mumble or TeamSpeak server? Not a problem.

Next up is how GFE handles in-game settings. Since Experience launched earlier this year, the software has been able to optimize your in-game settings automatically (if you want it to). Now that optimization has been taken one step further.

From the GeForce blog:

The core of GeForce Experience is its Optimal Playable Settings function, which recommends ideal combinations of settings customized for each system, giving gamers the perfect balance between image quality and performance.

At launch, GeForce Experience offered an easy one-click solution to often-complicated game configuration. It was a major innovation for gamers unsure of what to change to improve performance and fidelity, and for gamers intimidated by dozens of acronym-laced settings. For them, consoles were more appealing – a simple plug and play solution. With GeForce Experience, we brought those gamers back into a world of high-definition, super-high fidelity gaming. Over time, it was clear from user feedback that while all loved the idea of GeForce Experience, some preferred to have a super-smooth 60 frames per second experience, while others preferred 30 frames per second with superior image quality.

Today, with the release of GeForce Experience 1.8, users can now open a new in-app panel that enables customization of our one-click Optimal Playable Settings. Resolutions up to 3840×2160 can be applied, Fullscreen, Windowed and Borderless Windowed modes can be selected, and optimal settings altered with the movement of a slider, enabling users to choose between default Optimal settings and those that favor image quality over performance, or vice versa.

In other Nvidia news, the chipmaker pushed a big update to its Shield handheld console today. The Gamestream function can now push PC games to your TV at 1080p60 (1920×1080 at 60 frames per second). And mobile/console games will be displayed at 720p60, so you can get your Crazy Taxi on in Hi Def without breaking a sweat.

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