At the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Intel showcased a new graphics application, community program and announced the 9th Gen Intel Core mobile (H-series) processors.
The new 9th Gen Intel Core mobile (H-series) processors are coming in the second quarter of this year. This portfolio of high-performance mobile processors will power laptops for gamers and creators. Intel says that the new chips offer the performance gamers need to play and compete with AAA game play while also recording and streaming. Intel's mobile gaming platform will support Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (Gig+) technology for low-latency wire-free gaming and Intel Optane memory.
Intel also unveiled the Intel Graphics Command Center, an application that helps consumers optimize their experience with Intel Graphics. The software comes with a modern user interface and offers automatic game detection and one-click game optimization. Additionally, the Intel Graphics Command Center helps consumers understand settings with simple explanations and before-and-after images to recognize how each setting will affect their hardware.
The Intel Graphics Command Center works with 6th Gen Core processors (Skylake) and later. It is available for download through the Microsoft Store on Windows 10, since it's a UWP application.
The application is offering game-specific settings when possible (scanning to discover what games are installed). Each game gets its own page with familiar driver-enforced settings such as anti-aliasing, v-sync, and anisotropic filtering.
Beyond game settings, the Graphics Command Center includes monitor display settings such as resolution and refresh rate, as well as arranging monitors. There are also a series of video quality settings for adjusting color correction, deinterlacing, film detection, etc.
The Intel Graphic Command Center is part of prepping the foundation for the company's Ice Lake processors, with a new generation of the integrated GPU (iGPU) expected later this year, as well as paving the way for Intel's Xe discrete graphics debut in 2020.
Intel may eventually release versions for MacOS and Linux, for now it's Windows 10 only.
Intel also announced the Intel GameDev Boost marketing program aimed at supporting the game development community, from indies to major studios, to help them access Intel’s 1 billion PC gaming systems across more than 175 countries.