22 March 2019
Intel showed its presence at the ongoing GDC (Game Developers’ Conference) 2019 in San Francisco with a new graphics control panel called as the Intel Graphics Command Center. Technically, it’s an app that like other graphics software focused suits include automatic game detection and one-click game optimization. The app will help users understand how specific settings are affecting in-game graphics.
This Command Center comes as a part of the larger process to prepare software ecosystem ahead of making an entry into the discrete GPU market in 2020. The new Command Center offers a more user-friendly experience than the company’s current control panel. Just like other GPU control applications, the IGCC offers games-centric settings. Each game gets its own page with familiar driver-enforced settings such as anti-aliasing, v-sync, and anisotropic filtering. A small question mark next to each setting describes the role of that setting or what it does.
Initially, the Graphics Command Center will only support integrated Intel graphics and it will also support Intel processors that are at least 6th Generation Skylake or newer.
Intel has also added support for one-click graphics optimizations. This function will go into a game and alter its settings to Intel’s suggested settings for the host computer. This allows Intel to adjust game settings like adjustment of texture, shadow quality, rendering distance, and more. Apart from these roles, the work of IGCC s to help you monitor display settings, refresh rates, and things like that.
The company calls it an “early access” release and it doesn’t come bundled with Intel’s drivers rather it’s being delivered through the Microsoft Store on Windows 10.
Together with this, Intel has also revealed its graphics card with the first prototype renders. At the very start of its GDC 2019 keynote, Intel shared the very first shroud design for an Intel Graphics Card. The new graphics card look like a shorter, bulkier version of the Intel Optane SSD 905P.
Together with them, Intel also made an announcement on the launch of its 9th generation ‘Coffee Lake’ Core CPUs for mainstream and high-performance laptops. According to Intel, they will launch in the second quarter of this year. Intel showed a teaser on the same at the GDC 2019 event. The new CPU models promise more power for gaming and content creation. The 9th Gen Core CPUs will support Gigabit-class Wi-Fi 6 and Intel Optane Memory for low-latency communication and storage.
In the series of other announcements, Intel also announced its new GameDev Boost marketing programme and 'Runs Great on Intel' certification for game developers. Under this, Intel will provide tools including software libraries, performance analyzers, and tutorials to help developers code their games