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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  • 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.
  • nightbringer57 - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    Well, it's still possible to use plays.tv without much tinkering (except you have to download and install the app yourself). You can even use it with any GPU brand.

    What I fear is the possible end of plays.tv. But it hasn't been announced as far as I know.
  • Valantar - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    I used the app from time to time, but a few months ago a bug appeared that caused it to crash on launch - with some cryptic error message about some Windows service failing. Only way to remove the pop-up (it kept reappearing) was to force-close both Gaming Evolved and the Plays.tv capture client. Never really looked back.
  • Space Captain Warlock - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    It wasn't a particularly well designed app. The game setting optimizer often didn't work out well for me and I had to fine tune the settings anyway. Even the updater was clunky -- forcing you to close the app and restart it manually just to update. There was also no meaningful evolution and the app just seemed to be floundering. Kind of glad to see it go.
  • wiak - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    meybe its because of this "A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay"."
  • jabber - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    I never installed it. Never bother with the Nvidia equivalent either. If I don't have need for it, it doesn't get installed.
  • Taldren - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    The fact that it was always forcing me to resolutions that where not my native 3440x1440 and did not support Windowed Borderless mode ... yeah, I really don't know why anyone didn't like it.
  • FriendlyUser - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    I kinda liked it, but did not use it often. Maybe they are planning something else to replace it.
  • akamateau - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    Why did you fail to mention that Gaming Evolved is a DX11 support App and that DX12 makes it completely obsolete.

    Why should AMD spend money to continue to improve an APP for obsolete API DirectX 11?

    In case you don't know, DX11 IS DEAD.
  • JoeMonco - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    Why do YOU need to post the same thing three times?

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