Nvidia-branded Version of Stardock's Impulse Will Auto-Install Graphics Drivers

By Nick Breckon, Sep 01, 2009 4:00pm PDT Stardock today announced that a new "Nvidia Edition" version of its PC digital download platform Impulse is set to be released later this summer.

The application will function just as Stardock's current incarnation of Impulse does, but will also automatically detect and install driver updates for Nvidia graphics cards.

"The single biggest issue preventing PC gamers today from having an optimal experience is a failure to update their video card drivers," said Stardock CEO Brad Wardell.

Continued Wardell: "For many users, updating video drivers has been a complicated and sometimes confusing experience. As PC game developers ourselves, we recognized those concerns and, in partnership with Nvidia, have taken a step to make the process more accessible."

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  • Should I be an annoying comment user like others and say "Wow, glad I am a console gamer, I don't have to worry about these types of issues".

    Its so amazing, anytime I read the comments for any console related game, a handful of users need to bash consoles and talk about how great PCs are. Most understand that a console can't get the graphics quality that a current PC can, especially when they are already 3 years old. No kidding!! But there are benefits to consoles, and this comment section shows one of them. Drivers, rollbacks, configs... It gets crazy sometimes when you just want to play a game.

    No platform is perfect... Period!

  • "The single biggest issue preventing PC gamers today from having an optimal experience is a failure to update their video card drivers"

    That really is bull. Well, ok, it's probably true for brand new cards. The first driver or two after tend to be a bit crap. But beyond that, I have never had a need to upgrade drivers to fix issues. I have, on occasion, upgraded drivers to _try_ to fix issues, only to find it created new ones in addition to the original one. I've also a few times upgraded to test for performance gains, and found none.

    My general conclusion, after a good number of years of this, is that it's not worth the hassle unless having issues. And even then, it's pretty much just to rule it out. If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.