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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  • DanNeely - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    Probably because it's an inane argument. It'll be at least another year or two before the number of new DX11 titles tapers off, and the need for an easy button for settings won't be going away with a single graphics API. Its backend should be extended to support configuring DX12/Vulcan games while maintaining support for DX9/10/11/"Classic" OpenGL/Mantle titles. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    AMD IS DOOMED.

    (Yes, go out and play Doom on your 8 core FX and Radeon card.)

    lol
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  • YukaKun - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    I actually had big big hopes for the GE client, just because the fella behind RadeonPro went to AMD and hinted about his hands would be in this project (which he didn't name, IIRC).

    When I sacrificed my last compatible drivers (Cata 13.12) + RadeonPro 1.1.1.1 for the newer ones (can't remember, but 15.xx) it was utter crap. I reverted back to the 13.12 + RadeonPro combo until now that I got a RX480. Some stupid problems that RadeonPro made right for me, I have them again.

    It's so STUPIDLY easy for AMD to make things right (in my simple mind), I don't even anymore (intended). Give the RadeonPro dev you already hired some budget, make an AMD branded RadeonPro utility and rake in the praises. You don't even need to pay me anything for giving you this idea.

    Cheers!
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  • TesseractOrion - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    Agreed about RadeonPro & the sole dev behind it. Give him some resources to improve it, such an easy win! Reply
  • blppt - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    Yeah, GE was a very, very poor replacement for RadeonPro---it didnt have a tenth of the deep tweaking options that RP had. Still miss it to this day. Reply
  • andjohn2000 - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    Gaming Evolved was launched when the clown from Lenovo (ex CEO Rory Read) was trying to make a mess there. Now this troublemaker had left and went to EMC Dell. So AMD doesn't need this kind of app anymore. It just needs solid products designed by hardcore engineers like Jim Keller or Raja Koduri. Reply
  • Stuka87 - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    I am actually happy. It caused World of Tanks to lock up on a regular basis, so I always had to uncheck it from the installer. And it was not AMD's software, it was Raptr's, and Raptr's support was a joke. Reply
  • BurnItDwn - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    It is about time they finally dump that bloatware garbage.

    DEATH TO ALL BLOATWARE!
    Reply
  • tamalero - Sunday, October 16, 2016 - link

    I didnt had any complain until they started to push that useless recording software when I didnt wanted it.
    very intrusive and activated itself.
    Reply
  • Azurael - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - link

    I noticed it was missing the last couple of times I updated mine - I assumed that was just because they were hotfix drivers. Either way it was nice not to have to remember to deselect it from the installer.

    Unfortunately, I switched my 7870 for a 970 a few days back - if only Nvidia would ditch their corresponding shovelware and put update functionality into the driver. (Actually going back to Nvidia has been a baptism of fire for all those who ignorantly swear the green team's drivers are better. Especially under Linux, since Nouveau doesn't work at all on 970 [or at least mine] at the moment so even getting the proprietary drivers installed is a nightmare...)
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