Intel removes the hassle of adjusting settings to make a game run well using the integrated graphics in its Core processors.
Regular PC gamers will have a dedicated graphics card sitting inside their system, but many people play games on a laptop where the only GPU available is the one included with the Intel processor running the machine. Getting games to run well using an integrated GPU can result in a lot of tweaking, so Intel decided to remove the hassle and automatically adjust game settings for you.
The latest Intel Graphics Driver for Windows (version 15.65), includes a new feature in beta which will attempt to automatically configure game settings for the optimal experience. The driver includes launch support for both Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age HD. Other already supported games include Battlefield 1, Battlefield 4, American Truck Simulator, Call of Duty WWII, Destiny 2, DOTA 2, Grand Theft Auto V, League of Legends, Overwatch, and World of Tanks.
In order to take advantage of this new feature you’ll need to be running at least a 6th generation Intel Core processor, with support also in place for 7th Gen and the latest 8th Gen chips. You’ll know the feature is available on your system because there will be a gaming icon visible on the Graphics Control Panel. Some games will be limited to higher-end chips, for example, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, and Metal Gear Survive are being advertised by Intel as supported by Iris Pro Graphics.
So why is Intel doing this now? On the one hand it’s a case of better-late-than-never in terms of offering better support for gaming and reminding everyone you can game without a dedicated graphics card. But on the other hand, Intel is about to step up its game in terms of processor graphics performance with the launch of 8th Gen Core processors with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics. Having automatic game settings configuration available for those chips will be key seeing as gaming laptops are sure to use them.