If you are a product of the '90s, it's only expected that your first real gaming platform was a high-end PC. And since no one had even heard of consoles back then, PCs remained a strong favourite among all those who preferred a suitable platform for gaming and everything else.
Fast-forward to 2015, while consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have taken the gaming industry by storm, well-built and high-end gaming PCs still remain the norm for a lot of classic core gamers. That being said, the PC gaming industry has indeed suffered a bit since consoles started gaining higher grounds with goodies, such as exclusive titles.
However, keeping true to the PC faithful, Intel is now ready to bring its dominant Iris Pro processors to desktops. The company has announced its fifth-generation LGA-supported Core processor with Iris Pro incorporated graphics at the Game Developers Conference – a piece of welcoming news that will bring joy to a lot of gamers.
According to reports, Intel has teamed up with Raptr to bring a new echelon of optimisation to gamers. As revealed, it will automatically optimise Intel-based PCs for beefed up gaming performance. Apart from that, Raptr has also created a list of settings for each game using information from Intel.
Intel had originally announced the incorporated Iris graphics line alongside the new Broadwell chips back in January. And now, an improved version of the same, the 65W-socketed Iris Pro 6100, will be stored inside desktops that will ship (or set to ship) in the middle of 2015.
To be precise, Intel's graphics may not be treated with seriousness by companies like AMD or Nvidia, but, as PCWorld states, "They're the baseline graphics for most PCs. And as they get more and more powerful, even cheaper PCs can play more and more games."
Also, according to Chris Silva, the Intel director for premium notebooks, about 70% of all PCs make use of integrated graphics. In fact, three million users per month are now downloading drivers from Intel's website. "We're really getting to levels of performance enabling rich levels of gaming," Silva said.
It has also been specified that Intel should get a major boost in that respect from DirectX 12, the upcoming graphics API that Microsoft is preparing. Microsoft has even said that gamers should expect at least 20% (or so) GPU improvement when using DX12, as opposed to the previous generation DX11.