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PCWorld is reporting that starting in December, Nvidia’s Game Ready Drivers will require an email registration before you can use them. In a call with other journalists, PCWorld is also reporting that  this is in an effort to make Nvidia’s GeForce Experience a one stop shop for PC gamers.

Nearly every major game of the past two years has seen a new driver go out with it on launch, which Nvidia calls Game Ready Drivers. They are geared specifically towards optimizing that specific game, sometimes enhancing/offering other graphical features for that game. These have always been available to all right at release on the Nvidia website if you like.

According to PCWorld, that will be changing sometime in mid-December. The Game Ready Drivers will now only be downloadable and installed via their GeForce Experience software; you’ll also need to register a verified email address with Nvidia as well. The drivers that will still be available on the website will be released quarterly for bug fixes, security updates, and other related items.

GeForce Experience so far has allowed anyone to use the service without giving any information whatsoever, downloading and installing drivers for you, as well as sending you notifications for when new drivers are available. The reason for this change, according to Nvidia’s Sean Pelletier that PCWorld spoke to on a conference call with other journalists was:

We kind of have two camps in terms of gamers. On one hand you have the gamer that’s just casually playing things here and there, using their system for daily use and gaming on the side. They don’t want to be inundated with these drivers  … On the other side of the equation you have enthusiast gamers, who get excited about preloading a game, who want to play a game the day it comes out with all the bells and whistles …

He goes on to say that the second type of gamer is the one they are obviously targeting. It seems the rationale is to try to avoid annoying one type of gamer, while trying to cater to and ingratiate another into their service. In other words, this is just one step in a larger one to cater to a specific audience, so many more changes should be expected..

We reached out to Sean Pelletier who confirmed that there will be required registration, including other details in the PCWorld report. “We’ll have some great reasons …” also seems to imply that more information will becoming out regarding the registration.

One of the reasons many may be concerned with this shift likely stems from the Nvidia’s privacy policy

We may from time to time share your Personal Information with our business partners, resellers, affiliates, service providers, consulting partners and others in an effort to better serve you … 

We may, from time to time, share your Personal Information with third party business partners, vendors, affiliates, and other service providers that perform services on our behalf, in order to carry out their work for us, which may include identifying and serving targeted advertisements, e-commerce, content or service fulfillment, website operations, email communications management, customer service, analytics, manufacturing, integration, delivery, support, payment, and servicing processes. NVIDIA’s policy is to prohibit these companies from using your Personal Information for any purpose other than to provide the services expressly requested by NVIDIA …

We may share your Personal Information with business partners who offer a service jointly with us, for example, when running a co-sponsored contest or promotion, or offering a co-branded product or service … 

The privacy policy goes on from there, and the link above gives you the specifics. To summarize this, Nvidia does indeed share personal information around to business partners and other services owned by Nvidia.

TechRaptor has reached out to Nvidia for more details. When and if we do receive information from Nvidia, we will update this article.

What do you think about Nvidia’s plans for the GeForce experience? Does it matter to you whether or not you have to register an email?


Andrew Otton

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Editor in Chief at TechRaptor. Lover of some things, a not so much lover of other things.



  • Mr Snow

    Sure, I’ll register, my email address is “[email protected]

  • Nope Naw

    “PCWorld is also reporting that this is in an effort to make Nvidia’s GeForce Experience a one stop shop for PC gamers.”

    I know of precisely zero people that advocate GeForce Experience. Congrats NVidia, for deciding to give a large chunk of your customer base to AMD, because that’s exactly what you’re doing.

    You’d figure that given their long time in the industry they’d know that invested PC gamers is the least likely group to even WANT a “one stop shop”.

    “We may from time to time share your Personal Information with our business partners, resellers, affiliates, service providers, consulting partners and others in an effort to better serve you …”

    I may from time to time share my money with stores and service providers. Next time I’m doing so, I’m looking at Radeon’s offerings first.

  • Audie Bakerson

    I guess Nvidia thought AMD had the right idea with that “no drivers” thing. Someone should be FIREd.

    (sorry)

  • Reptile

    That is why I have 3 emails, One for work, other for personal use and the third for shitty forced registrations like this.

  • Cytos Lpagtr

    well the geforce experience was shit before, it will be shittier now. i was going for AMD in my next build anyway.
    http://tweakers.net/gallery/701801/wenslijst/ (trigger warning: dutch)
    what do you guys think? i will get w7 with that setup

  • Reon

    I’ll give it a week before someone has a website up with anonymous downloads for the mirrors of those drivers working.

  • MONAD

    Yep. ATI is the way to go.

  • Cerxi

    Literally every single time I’ve tried this GeForce Experience thing, the program has bluescreened me. I’m going to be building a new computer, and now it sure sounds like that for the first time in my life, that computer will have ATI cards.

    So soon after Intel put their foot in their mouth hard enough to kick their teeth in, too. Why are all my brands losing their minds?

  • penguinman

    10minutemail or Guerillamail may be options for some folks. I will say I am sick and tired of things like my OS and now apparently f*cking video drivers feeling the need to spy on me or get my personal info. If they go through with this my next video card purchase will be AMD.

  • if you’re getting bluescreens just from that it sounds like you have a much more serious error with your computer than just graphics card programs

  • Cerxi

    If I was getting bluescreens “just” from that, sure. But I’m getting bluescreens ONLY from that. I can update the drivers manually just fine. Everything else I do is fine, gaming, recording, editing, steaming. My machine has uptime measured in months, not days. But GeForce Experience, without fail, brings it down. So if they’re going to try to force me to use it, they’re essentially abandoning me, so of course I’m abandoning them in return.

  • Zelnick

    I’ve never installed the GeForce experience and this makes me want to try it even less. I’ll stick with downloading drivers off their site or third party sites until I get a new card; which is looking more and more like it will be an AMD one.

  • Kyle Francoeur

    This is the best news I’ve heard all week! You see, I’m in the market for a new graphics card right now, and this makes me decision a hell of a lot easier.

  • OtherAccountBanned

    Am I missing something or did they not even give an excuse for forcing email spam on their users? What does he mean by making it a one stop shop? They sell games? How does adding email registration change anything?

    I didn’t even know game ready drivers were for enthusiasts. They’re just presented as the latest drivers and if they saying they’re only for whatever game they’re released for I can just stop GEforce Experience from starting at launch right now.

  • eltonBorges

    AMD is the card for me.

  • Typical

    Well, I’d rather use a kick in the balls to an AMD product, so I’ll be getting use of my Blur registration.

  • Sebastian Mikulec

    Wait, does anyone actually use GeForce Experience?