Latest Intel IGP drivers make the most of Dark Souls Remastered and more

Believe it or not, a lot of people are playing a lot of games on Intel graphics adapters. Fortunately for those folks, Intel produces regular driver updates, just like its competitors. The latest driver is version number 24.20.100.6094 (a big naming change from previous versions that employed an xx.yy format) and comes with support for the latest crop of titles.

Dark Souls Remastered

The new driver offers game-specific support for Destiny 2: Warmind, Dark Souls Remastered, Paladins: Champions of the Realm, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, The Swords of Ditto, and Call to Arms. Folks blessed with Iris Pro graphics adapters can also enjoy historical RTS Ancestors Legacy and open-world survival game The Forest, a title that recently exited Steam Early Access.

Besides optimizations for the above titles, Intel says that the new driver also offers a welcome overall performance boost in DirectX 11 games. Video encoding and decoding in Handbrake, VLC, and “other similar applications” should also be improved. It's curious that Intel doesn't use the term “QuickSync” there, though. Finally, the company notes that the new driver adds PlayReady 4 DRM support.

SpellForce 3

A few bug fixes came along, too. The latest update resolves “graphics anomalies” in SpellForce 3, Far Cry 5, Far Cry Primal, and best of all, Extreme Tux Racer. The Division's DirectX 12 client should stop crashing and hanging, too. However, gamers trying to play Titanfall 2 “and other games” on Skylake chips may notice “graphics anomalies.” 

This driver is just for Windows 10, and only supports Intel graphics adapters from the Gen 9 family. That means IGPs in Skylake and newer CPUs. If you're not actually sure what chip you have, you can grab Intel's Processor Identification Utility or simply use the company's Driver & Support Assistant to download your driver. Those in the know can just head to Intel's download site.

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    • brucethemoose
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]Video encoding and decoding in Handbrake, VLC, and "other similar applications" should also be improved. It's curious that Intel doesn't use the term "QuickSync" there, though. [/quote<] Maybe because they go through middleware? And maybe that middleware's license makes using a proprietary term like QuickSync akward? VLC and handbrake go through libavcodec and libav, respectiveley, as opposed to using a "direct" QuickSync implementation (like, say, Staxrip, though it can do Intel hardware encoding through ffmpeg too).

    • tipoo
    • 1 year ago

    I’d like to see an analysis of the state of current top end Intel IGPs, if something like that exists somewhere. Game compatibility, architectural efficiency, what’s infeasible to run, etc. I had a soft spot for my Iris Pro, it was the little IGP that could, at least for 2014 titles.

    The big con to them still is this only supporting skylake forward, no love for a not that old Haswell Iris Pro 5200 for instance, AMD and Nvidia are both supporting cards of that age.

    • Kretschmer
    • 1 year ago

    I know that a lot of users play graphically-challenging games with laptop IGPs, but what settings would they have to use? DOTA 2 had to run at lowest settings with render quality at some minuscule amount to be playable on my 7700K, how are people playing Destiny 2 with laptop IGPs?

      • brucethemoose
      • 1 year ago

      They just live with the terrible framerates, AFAIK. It may not seem possible with a fast-paced shooter like Desiny, but people get used to it.

      Also, when render quality is not available/limited, they run at a REALLY low res.

        • tipoo
        • 1 year ago

        Destiny is pretty floaty among shooters tbh, and reliant on powers and armor and weapon scaling, so it’s not a purely twitch based game at least so a lower framerate could be livable.

      • willmore
      • 1 year ago

      Listen, Intel makes graphic for business. That’s why everything they render looks like a slide show. Okay?

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    It’s summertime so Intel is providing high SPF numbers.

    • Voldenuit
    • 1 year ago

    The best thing intel could put in their IGP drivers is maybe a link to buy a Radeon or Geforce card from Newegg, Adorama, or bhphoto.

      • DPete27
      • 1 year ago

      50% over MSRP for 1.5 -2 year old GPUs….

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        • 1 year ago

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