If you’ve just bought yourself a NVIDIA graphics card then you likely have already installed NVIDIA GeForce Experience on your computer. The application is designed to help you benefit from the entire set of your GPU’s capabilities. Check out our tips for using NVIDIA GeForce Experience so you can make the most out of it!
With NVIDIA’s application, your drivers will receive automated updates, and the GPU will be automatically optimized for the games you’re playing. NVIDIA GeForce Experience supports hundreds of games, including popular titles and you can view the complete list here.
Furthermore, NGE lets you record gameplay, stream games to NVIDIA Shield devices, and includes a LED visualizer for their more expensive GPUs that come with built-in LEDs.
Handy tips for using GeForce Experience
Even if the games you play are not supported by the app it’s still worth installing it. We’ll take a look and see what it’s capable of but also include some tips for using GeForce Experience that will make things easier.
Installation and updates
Unless you have an interest in 3D Gaming, it’s best to opt for the “custom” installation mode when setting up GeForce Experience on your computer. Once you install it, the app automatically scans your PC’s drives for game files and detects them.
After you install a new game, go to the games tab and click the “Refresh game list” button if you don’t see the new game already displayed. Also, if you experience problems with the software you may want to reinstall it in which case you should check the option for a clean installation.
If you play any of the highly popular games or you just bought a new one, take a look at NVIDIA’s “Game Ready” driver updates. These drivers are created together with the game developers to ensure a stable, error-free and optimized gaming experience so they’re certainly worthy of attention.
To optimize a new game you will need to launch it first from within the app by clicking on the green launch button.
After you close the game, your NVIDIA GPU’s drivers will be optimized for it. You can always launch them game via one of its shortcuts or from services such as Origin and Steam but you may need to do this several times for the optimization to occur. We recommend launching it directly from NVIDIA since it’s the most reliable solution.
Besides NVIDIA’s preconfigured settings, you can also manually customize the values once you click on the small wrench icon. It’s also possible to cancel your custom configuration and go back to the previous one.
Each supported game comes with a few screenshots which you can preview. They showcase the graphics settings as well as their in-game capabilities. If you’re interested in this information you just need to hover the mouse over them.
Finally, you can find out the GeForce Experiences your GPU can handle in the “My Rig” tab.
Other noteworthy features
GeForce Experience bundles other interesting features but I will only mention the ones I found most important. The application includes a LED Visualizer for their pricier models like the GTX 690, 770, 780 and higher. There’s also the possibility of streaming games to NVIDIA Shield devices and the Shadow Play-Beta feature lets you capture and share your gaming sessions.
It’s also worth noting the ShadowPlay feature was designed to have minimal resource usage and not lower your in-game framerate.
It doesn’t really matter if you’re an amateur or a professional gamer – pretty much everyone that enjoy playing games can benefit from the GeForce Experience app. Even if you’re not into streaming games and whatnot, at the very least the app makes it easy to ensure your drivers are always up to date and your GPU’s settings are optimized for the games you’re playing. I hope our tips for using NVIDIA GeForce Experience will help you make the most of your GPU and have the best possible gaming experience.