NVIDIA has heard your complaints about their Geforce Experience platform and have not been resting on their laurels. Version 3.0 of their ubiquitous Geforce Experience has been released with a host of new features and a completely redesigned UI.
Geforce Experience 3.0 is out now
The original, and version 2.0, had some responsiveness and even usefulness issues. The Shadow Play and general recording capabilities were nearly second to none, though the interface of the application had a lot to be desired. When it worked. Frequently you’d have to force quit the Experience as it sat there unresponsive, unable to update your drivers. The game profiles were frequently quite useful, though, helping to nail down the best performance and best visuals for your particular setup.
The new version is quite nice, with a complete redesign and the integration of more social aspects of the NVIDIA community. The Geforce Experience 3.0 is a truly useful piece of software now. The game profile optimization can be set to be automatic upon installation of games and it’s far more expanded as well.
More importantly, it’s far more responsive and uses a lot less memory than it has in the past. We’ve measured a meager 84MB of RAM usage compared to around 300MB of version 2. It also starts up in nearly 4 seconds, which is faster than the 6-7 previously seen. Downloading drivers is also a more efficient process.
For those that love to stream or share their gaming adventures, you’ll discover that ShadowPlay has been upgraded to the even-better Share Overlay UI. This includes far more functionality and an efficiency increase.
Something lacking in the recording department was also added. The GeForce Experience can now record gameplay at up to 60 FPS, at up to 4K resolution, in fullscreen and windowed modes. Within the app you’ll also be able to upload a complete or trimmed clip to YouTube or easily livestream to Twitch and YouTube Gaming at 1080p60. Even better is that they say you can easily capture and edit screenshots and even upload them straight to Imgur without leaving the game. There’s an increasingly social aspect to this as well. With the Geforce Experience you’ll allegedly be able to let a friend jump into your game via Chrome in order to either watch, take control of your character or even play in a co-op mode. There’s no word on what games are supported for that, though.
In line with the burgeoning social aspect, they’ve also introduced great giveaways to select members of the Geforce Experience 3.0 community, where they’ll giveaway graphics cards and game codes. Just who that includes and who the defined “select members” actually are, is unknown, though it’s likely that beta testers are included in that group.
It’s available right now if you click to update the Geforce Experience application. It’s certainly leagues better than AMD’s inclusion of the Raptr accessory application. Thus far it’s been a smooth experience while trying to mess around the interface. No freezes or other issues!