NVIDIA branded version of Impulse announced

NVIDIA and Stardock have announced a special Impulse 'NVIDIA Edition' which will be specially branded for NVIDIA users. Gamers will be able to be informed of video card driver updates and install them via Stardock's Impulse. Users will also use Impulse to see the latest gaming news and purchase and download PC games straight from Impulse.

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

Stardock is a member of the NVIDIA developer program. The two companies have worked in partnership since 2002 when Stardock created a series of WindowBlinds skins branded for NVIDIA and some of NVIDIA's partners. Impulse is Stardock's digital distribution platform. The platform, often compared to Valve's Steam Network, allows Stardock to distribute its own games and those of partners - digitally.

The NVIDIA branded version of Impulse is available immediately and at no cost at the NVIDIA site.

Download: Impulse 'NVIDIA Edition' (free)

Thanks to Neowin member Island Dog for the news tip

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not worth the download, when windows 7 is officially released then you can get videocard updates via windows update. anyway what gamer doesn't keep there drivers upto date? serious gamer i mean.

atleeit said,
not worth the download, when windows 7 is officially released then you can get videocard updates via windows update. anyway what gamer doesn't keep there drivers upto date? serious gamer i mean.

+1

i think windows update on vista and 7 already informs you when new drivers are available, i don't know if WU has the latest version but the last time i check WU installed me the latest WHQL driver from nvidia

Yes, it does. Though I did notice I could go to the nVidia website and get a more recent driver, so there must be a delay of some time.

Zaarin said,
Yes, it does. Though I did notice I could go to the nVidia website and get a more recent driver, so there must be a delay of some time.

Probably involves rigorous testing, as loading up an unstable video driver through WU could cause some serious problems for users. No sense in jumping to a new driver anyway, without first looking into the details of how well it works and any possible bugs that may exist.

my W7 RC shows older drivers in WU even if I have WHQL newer releases installed hehe.

Possibly because its RC.......

How hard is it to install drivers? What happens if new drivers are not as good performance. I hope there is a 'Do you want to download and install?', otherwise sounds ok. But the main problem for me is the idea of 'One program does it all' is that there is ONE program, why should I need to run this along side steam? Just wish steam started work on steam client and got some nice features going. O and use windows theme!

Might try this on spare machine when I get a chance.

What if I've already got Impulse.. can I enable the nvidia driver updates in the version I'm already running?

I would like to know the same thing. I already have Impulse installed, in fact I just installed it on my laptop about three days ago, so should I uninstall it then install this version? Just install over? Whats the word here?

Nevermind, I decided to just see what would happen. Installer dedicted I had a different version, uninstalled it, then installed this version... Also it saved all of my settings, so did not have to log in again, etc. Easy for sure.

Nice, as long as it handles uk and drivers goe live with updates as soon as nvidia's site does (I am impatient lol) I will happily use it.
No idea if I can covert my normal impulse to a nvidia edition or will it just work?

Mega Goatlord said,
Fixed.

Care to qualify that? I find Impulse just as good at buying and downloading games as Steam is, quite often it's better. Steam downloads are horribly slow when new games are released, or when big patches come out.

bob21 said,
A 6.5 mb program just to check for graphics driver updates... Great !

seems to should go back to school, and learn how to read the entire article

nekrosoft13 said,
seems to should go back to school, and learn how to read the entire article

No I think he had it about right. If you want games you get Steam if you want to waist your money on useless software you buy Stardock products.

TCLN Ryster said,
Care to qualify that? I find Impulse just as good at buying and downloading games as Steam is, quite often it's better. Steam downloads are horribly slow when new games are released, or when big patches come out.

I've... never got a slow download from Steam. Hell, I'm always hitting my internet speed cap at ~375KB/s.

Secondly, how is Impulse "just as good" when the selection blows?

dead.cell said,
I've... never got a slow download from Steam. Hell, I'm always hitting my internet speed cap at ~375KB/s.

Secondly, how is Impulse "just as good" when the selection blows?

Exactly, at 375KB/s the internet from 1995 would hit your speed cap /sarcasm

I have 25mbs internet, and steam is slow as hell, on a new game release, like Empire Total war, it would download at under 100KBs, or not download at all.

TCLN Ryster said,
Care to qualify that? I find Impulse just as good at buying and downloading games as Steam is, quite often it's better. Steam downloads are horribly slow when new games are released, or when big patches come out.


I realize that Stardock is probably just using paid forum posters again, but I'll bite;
The selection on Impulse sucks, and what good games there are, are typically offered on Steam as well. Sorry that you're one of those people that have to have everything right this second, and can't understand the concept of bogged servers...but logically, in certain scenarios, Impulse would be faster, because hardly anyone but Stardock fans use it.

Great, now we have the "PC digital distribution wars"...

I used Steama a lot, but i see nothing wrong with Stardock's attempt. TBH i'd be more willing to buy from Stardock as they have been very supportive of sane (or no) DRM. Steam is borderline.

Steam has the games and publishers at the moment, but hopefully Stardock will get some big games, and provide some price competition to stop Valve screwing over the EU.