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NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers will soon require GeForce Experience and your email address

NVIDIA GeForce Experience driver changes

NVIDIA have announced changes to the way their graphics card driver updates will be distributed. Currently new drivers are made available to download on the company's site, and via GeForce Experience. As of December though, regular driver updates will only be made available via GeForce Experience first, and only when you've signed up with an email address. 

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Outside of GeForce Experience, NVIDIA will only be making drivers available to download via its site and Windows Update on a quarterly cadence. If that system was in place over the past month, it would mean that anyone not using GeForce Experience would have missed out on the Star Wars Battlefront beta driver, for example, along with other drivers that popped up on the day of their game's launch.

The change in distribution practice comes following research conducted by NVIDIA which indicates that 90% of all driver downloads are recieved via GeForce Experience - so on paper, those findings indicate that most users won't be disturbed by the proposed changes.

However, the new system will also require you to register with GeForce Experience and sign up with an email address, and that's likely to cause stronger feelings. Users who register their email addresse will receive "NVIDIA product news and announcements, and have the chance to win hardware, free game codes, early access to game betas, and other cool stuff."

On the bright side, NVIDIA also announced improvements to their streaming service, GameStream. The latest GeForce Experience beta allows streaming to both YouTube and Twitch at 1920 x 1080 and 60FPS, while PC-to-Shield streaming has been updated to allow up to 4K, 60FPS streaming.

The company's obviously investing big in GeForce Experience with the intention of making it the centre of their software ecosystem, and already it's a handy tool to have on your desktop, alerting you when new drivers are available and letting you click a single button to optimise in-game graphcis settings for your hardware. Still, I'm not over the moon about the changes to driver distribution.

What do you make of the imminent changes? Let us know below. Thanks, Anandtech.

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SteveCrook Avatar
2 Years ago

Fuckers. I don't mind choosing to do it that way, but why should I be forced to? I feel a strong urge to change card supplier when I upgrade.

stanscut Avatar
2 Years ago

This is horrible. Ive been using GFE before and its not that I dislike it, but nobody should be forced t use this additional ressource-costing software in order to update their gfx-drivers....... This mindset is electronic aids

Vixremento Avatar
2 Years ago

Don't care too much...I have a few functional e-mail addresses that I can use to prevent seeing spam in my real e-mail accounts anyway (when i log on every month or so I just turf the spam and access the mail I actually logged in to access and then just move on). They will forever know me as [email protected] lol.

SteveCrook Avatar
2 Years ago

It all starts that way and then creeps. If you're using GFE they know your optimised games and build. If they have an email they will have other lists they have from elsewhere and will be able to build 'profiles'. It all adds up. Never has Spam Gourmet looked so good.

It's not that I think this particular instance is bad, but it's part of a pattern, where vendors think they can slurp your information and use it for their own good. Facebook, Google, Twitter are all at it, every so often they tweak their terms of service and grab more. Sometimes they get beaten back, sometimes not.

Facebook isn't free, neither is Twitter. By using them you sell a little of yourself. The vendors get you to buy in to the service then up the ante and sell a little more. Google 'coffiest' for a fictional example.

Fattox Avatar
2 Years ago

I'm not sure i see any benefit to this change. And that's coming from someone who already has GFE and is 'signed in' on it.

Still, i also don't get the fuss people are making over it. Pretty much every site they're complaining on forces you to sign up to comment, including this one.

AnAuldWolf Avatar
2 Years ago

Oh my, what a remarkably bad idea. Hands up, class; Who recalls the driver that actually did hardware damage to a very non-trivial number of cards. The reason that wasn't the worst catastrophe since the dawn of video gaming was thanks to how many people hold off on new updates.

And with many people now realising the utter folly behind allowing Windows Update to install anything but security updates without a healthy dose of research? This seems really bad timing. In fact, I smell a PR disaster brewing.

"Oh, yes. We had drivers that destroyed graphics cards not too long ago. And Microsoft has taught you why automated updates are bad. Now, in a bold new move, we've encouraged automatic updates through our new EXPERIENCE. No more thinking for you, automation or endless nagging all the way! Statistically this might increase the chances of hardware catastrophes in the future, but we're not worried. We're sure this is the best move for everyone. Everyone will appreciate our EXPERIENCE."

What a terrible experience that will be.

For a lot of Nvidia owners, I imagine.

Flappers Avatar
2 Years ago

I don't see a problem.

GFE is actually pretty great.

You have Shadowplay which is probably the best recording software out there - it's free.

Gaming optimizations (which I don't use myself, but my wife does) which is an optional feature - it's free.

Notifications on new drivers - beta opt-in as well

FPS counter displays, twitch integration, and soon to be the share feature which everyone is raving about (now suddenly people do a 180 on their opinion on this, because of this story... no surprise there internet).

So it asks you for an email address... who cares? I'm willing to bet that most of the people who bitch about this use Facebook, who sell your data to 3rd party advertisers, as well as Google... everyone uses Google. They know more about you than you do!

Even if you don't want to give your email address, it takes 2 minutes to setup a temporary email, which you can enter. It's not the end of the world.

People making a mountain out of a molehill on this

*edit* seems the circlejerk exists here too. No one can provide a valid reason why this is the end of the world (which is what people are making out). You use a razer product? You have to sign into Synapse to use the features of your hardware....

The worst culprit? Steam. They have VAC scanning your system (even if you don't use any VAC secured games), they know your hardware and software inside and out. Yet... here you are, signed in through Steam. Where's the hate towards Valve?

Oh yeah... I forgot... Gabe Newell does an AMA, doesn't answer any specific questions and all is forgiven... of course.

God damnit internet... I thought you were better than this...