With the recent launch of AMD’s Radeon 400 series parts and consequent focus on hardware, it’s been some time now since we’ve heard from AMD about their Gaming Evolved application. As it turns out, there’s a reason for this. Thanks to some digging by the crew over at WCCFtech, it turns out that AMD discontinued the application last month and will no longer be distributing or supporting it.

The Gaming Evolved App was back in 2013 as part of the Radeon 200 series launch. The utility launched as a settings optimization service, which in a departure from other efforts, relied on crowdsourced data to generate settings recommendations rather than AMD running centralized testing. Though never explicitly called so by AMD, the client was clearly their answer to NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience, offering an AMD take on settings optimizations, video recording, and the like. Though branded as an AMD application, the utility was in practice a second-party initiative of sorts, and at its core it was a customized version of the Raptr’s eponymous gaming utility. The most recent major update to the Gaming Evolved App was in March of this year, when AMD & Raptr added additional video recording and editing functionality.

But after 3 years, it would seem that AMD has decided to discontinue the client for reasons unknown. After noticing that the client was no longer being bundled with the latest drivers, WCCFtech reached out to AMD, who provided the following statement.

Starting September 12th 2016, AMD is no longer bundling the “AMD Gaming Evolved App” by Raptr with builds of Radeon Software. The application will still work. AMD will cease to undertake any compatibility testing, install support or general technical support for this application, nor will it be available through Radeon Software or its installer. Previous builds of Radeon Software that include the “AMD Gaming Evolved App” dated before September 12th 2016 will remain intact and will not be affected.

At this point AMD is not bundling a similar application with their drivers, nor do their drivers contain equivalent settings/recording functionality. So at least for the time being it’s fair to say that AMD no longer has a counterpart to GeForce Experience. That said, the Gaming Evolved App wasn’t a 1st party effort and its continued existence was never assured, but it is admittedly rare to see a software feature/package dropped in this manner.

Source: WCCFtech

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  • D. Lister - Saturday, October 15, 2016 - link

    "AMD discontinued Gaming Evolved becasue there was no need to evolve it further. Just like Windows stops supporting XP as it's obsolete..."

    Firstly, Microsoft stopped supporting XP long after Vista and Win7.

    Secondly, AMD never had direct control on the GE software's evolution - it was owned and controlled by the RAPTR people. AMD just wanted so bad to compete with Nvidia's GFE that they let RAPTR exploit the AMD customers (yeah, read the freakin' disclaimers) with that garbage GE app. It's good that they have finally come to their senses and got rid of that crap.

    Oh and btw, I wholeheartedly agree with the general consensus here that you are a complete moron. Now go right ahead and continue embarrassing yourself.
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  • just4U - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - link

    I'd say most who build setups auto disabled it simply because it wasn't integrated and came up as a separate application. Pretty sure Amd started to realize that it wasn't being used enough to.. which is why they are actually discontinuing it. Reply
  • qlum - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    I for one always saw raptr / gaming evolved as unneeded bloatware. Sure optimized settings could be useful but the fact that it came with the rest of the raptr stuff made me not want to use it. Reply
  • __Miguel_ - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    I used Raptr/Gaming Evolved for a while, even after I switched over to NVIDIA.

    And it wasn't too bad. I just had a huge issue with their supposed "free games", which would conveniently disappear like a week or so before you had enough points to claim them.

    The rest of it was rather "meh", so by the second free game I wanted they pulled out, with no replacement, I just say "f**k this noise", and uninstalled the thing. Can't really blame AMD for doing the same, to be honest.
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  • ruthan - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    Other fail to deliver from AMD, we need more- Zen and company will die.
    I hope that after that Intel would be forced by some anti monopoly authority to sell x86 license to some real competitor.
    Reply
  • silverblue - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    You actually compared the EOL of a third-party-supported product with an as of yet unreleased first-party hardware product, both of which are unrelated. Good job. Reply
  • K_Space - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    Lol... I was wondering when will the AMD death card come out... second page of comments, not bad! Reply
  • garbagedisposal - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    They listened to the community - that's why they discontinued it. Nobody wants to use 3rd party bloatware. Now it's just time for them to build a 1st party game recording solution that just works. Reply
  • nightbringer57 - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    The number one reason for me to install the gaming evolved map was to install plays.tv, which was a pretty decent alternative to Shadowplay.

    I hope this gave the plays.tv guys enough of a headstart for them to keep going. I'd hate to see the app disappear.

    But yeah, the rest was pretty useless garbage.
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  • beginner99 - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    this. i kind of liked the recording and upload feature without need to tinker around. It just worked without much overhead. Reply

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