Relying on integrated graphics to power PC games can be a tricky prospect, especially when it comes to tweaking your settings for the perfect balance between performance and fidelity. Intel is looking to ease that process a bit with the latest update to its integrated graphics drivers, which can now automatically optimize settings for a number of games to eke out the best performance (via PCWorld).
The feature comes as part of the Graphics Control Panel in version 15.65 of Intel's drivers, and it works with Intel graphics on sixth-generation Core processors and newer, including the recently announced eighth-generation Core chips with Radeon graphics. Intel stresses that the automatic optimization feature is still in beta and it is currently limited to a specific set of games depending on the integrated graphics on your chip. To start, the feature works across all compatible Intel hardware for the following games:
If you have an Intel chip with HD Graphics 620 or higher, the feature currently works with the following:
Finally, chips with Intel's Iris Pro graphics support the feature with Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, and Metal Gear Survive. If your favorite games aren't currently included, Intel promises more will be added in the future. You can get started with the automatic optimizations by heading clicking the "Gaming" icon in Intel's Graphics Control Panel.
Most gamers likely have a dedicated graphics card in their gaming rigs, but it's good to see Intel making efforts to ease the process of using its integrated graphics for gaming. For more, you can download the latest drivers and see the full list of changes alongside Intel's full release notes.