Preview: AMD Gaming Evolved App by Raptr – Gaming and Optimization Made Easy For GCN Users

Preview: AMD Gaming Evolved App by Raptr – Gaming and Optimization Made Easy For GCN Users

At AMD’s GPU ’14 press event, Dennis Fong took the stage and announced their latest Gaming Evolved App
that would allow gamers to optimize their games with the click of a
button and offer rich social experiences. The man behind Raptr and the
Gaming Evolved App, Dennis Fong is also the co-founder of Xfire which is
still the most used IM and server browsing application used by gamers.

Raptr was initially introduced in 2007 as a website as a social networking website
built exclusively for gamers and the application was made public in
2008. The Raptr application brought some cool new features for gamers,
one of them was to track gameplay time which became one of my personal
favorite features of the application when i started using it in 2010.
We will detail these features shortly as you continue reading onward.

The Idea Emerges By NVIDIA In the Form of GeForce Experience

In late 2012, NVIDIA introduced their GeForce Experience application
which provided gamers a key feature that was previously missing from
gaming applications, that was the ability to automatically configure
settings for any specific game with the hassle of doing it manually.
Since their introduction, PCs have allowed users to manually adjust and
tweak visual parameters of a game with a variety of settings. These may
include Texture, Lightning, Anti-Aliasing, Anisotropic Filtering, DOF,
Resolution and more. This is the single biggest advantage PCs have had
over the console but for some, just poking around with the tons of
settings can be a tiresome job. The GeForce Experience application made
this job easy for users letting the GeForce servers upload a list of
pre-defined settings into the users PC based on his specifications so
that the game looks good and at the same time runs great too.

However, as an application there wasn’t much to the GeForce Experience app however ShadowPlay is
soon to be introduced into it which would allow DVR-Type Recording Of
Gameplay and ease of sharing with friends. NVIDIA gave gamers and the
industry a cool new idea and its Raptr which would take it to the next
level with the Gaming Evolved App built with AMD.

 AMD And Raptr Introduce The Gaming Evolved App

A few months after NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience, AMD introduces their Gaming Evolved App
built by Raptr that is the most feature rich application ever built for
PC gamers. Its all your social experience in one place and its alot
more than just being social. The Gaming Evolved Application configures
your game settings automatically, let’s you showcase your achievements,
record your gameplay time, imports your PSN/XBL/GFWL/Steam profile data
in one place. Let’s break apart
all of the features of the Gaming Evolved app to learn more about them.
Some of the key features we would be explaining in this preview include:

Settings: Auto-optimization provides the best quality and
performance settings for gamers’ rigs based on data collected from the
AMD community. The app Automatically optimize your graphics settings
upon installation. Users have the option of optimizing these games for their hardware specs using data collected from the AMD community.

Widgets: Thanks to the integrated widgets gamers can broadcast live video
via Twitch, watch streams, take screenshots, and share them on Raptr,
Facebook, and Twitter without ever leaving their game, with just a
couple of clicks.

Rewards: Gamers can actually earn real Raptr rewards just for using the Gaming Evolved app while they play.
You can download the Gaming Evolved App over here.

Optimizing Game Settings Made Easy

The main feature of the Gaming Evolved App is to optimize games in a
easier manner. This is done with a built-in utility that first detects
for supported hardware and then loads a basic configuration based on your PC hardware
to be used in the game. You have the option to choose from three
presets – Quality (For best graphics), Balanced (For a mix of good
visuals and stable frame rates) and Performance (For max frame rates).
Each hardware would result in a different set of configurations for each presets.

Gaming Evolved DetectionGaming Evolved Data

In case you have a high-end card, you will notice a larger difference
when changing from high performance mode to high quality mode. The
difference would be minor in the case of entry to mid range hardware. Its a good tool but let’s move on to what else the utility has to offer.
The data for the games and settings is gathered when you login to the
Gaming Evolved App and it detects the games installed inside your PC.
After this, the app analyzes the system configuration on whose basis it
determines a pre-defined configuration set for games.

Gaming Evolved Control Center

Social Experience Taken To The Next Level

The Gaming Evolved App combines with the configuration utility all
the old features the made Raptr great. Those are the integrated IM
applications that would let you chat with friends across various social platforms such as the Facebook, XFire, MSN, Steam, Gmail. PSN, XBL, etc.

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AMD Gaming Evolved Twitch

Additionally, the application has a built-in community page with a
dedicated page to each gaming title so you can discuss, talk and share
your opinion about the game at its own page. With so many features
integrated into the app, gamers would be spending less time Alt tabbing
out of their games to reach Facebook in a separate browser or talking
with friends through various other Instant messaging applications.

Gaming Evolved Community

Broadcast Your Games With Twitch

Very Recently, EA gave the ability to their Origin platform users the
ability to broadcast their games through Twitch without the need to use
any external application such as the commonly used XSplit. This made
game streaming with EA games much more easier.

AMD Gaming Evolved Twitch

Raptr now brings the widely popular Twitch broadcasting service to
their own Gaming Evolved App which would give users the ability to
stream their videos on Twitch.TV which has grown tremendously over the
last couple of years.

We tried to test it out, unfortunately the feature was still in BETA
phase as is the Gaming Evolved App itself so we weren’t lucky enough to
get it to run but hopefully when the app goes out of BETA, it would be
more tweaked for us and the gaming community to use.

Gaming Evolved App Widget

Achievements, Game-Play Tracking and Profile Imports Done Right!

Last of all, the AMD Gaming Evolved App allows gamers to import the
data off of their PlayStation Network, Steam and Xbox Live profile and
share their trophies and achievements in one single place. But that
isn’t it, you can also check and compete against your friends to see who
has the most trophies for a certain game. The app also tracks game-play
time so if you have over 100 hours in Skyrim or Battlefield, your
friends would know that you are a true Elite gamer.

Gaming Evolved App Profile Gaming Evolved Community

FPS Historogram Outlines The Need of Fraps

As we end up our preview, the last feature i will detail about the
Gaming Evolved App is the FPS Historogram. I was unable to use it in the
BETA since it isn’t yet available but once the BETA is over, users
would be able to record the FPS of any game and Raptr would gather the
FPS data acquired during the playtime and sum it up in a historogram to
see what kind of FPS you got in the game at different time periods.

This tool would be great for the benchmarking community who have to record FPS of a certain game to evaluate average scores.

You can see for yourself in the following screenshot that how the
Gaming Evolved App manages the achievement, trophies and gameplay record
in such an organized manner comparing it against your friends over
several other gaming platforms.

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The AMD Gaming Evolved App by Raptr is definitely something to look
forward to not only by AMD gamers but their entire PC gaming community.
The GEA ‘Gaming Evolved App’ is currently in BETA so there might be a
few issues here and there but entering the BETA allows you to help out
the team at Raptr optimizing the experience you get in the final built.
So make sure to download the app from the following link, sync it up
with your profiles and enter in a whole new PC gaming experience.

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