Intel will no longer release game optimization drivers for the old generation's built-in Core CPU graphics. New drivers for these chips will come out, but less often and only with critical changes. This decision affected the models Core, Atom, Cellon and Xeon, starting with the Skylake family.
For old processors, the company will continue to produce graphic drivers that correct critical errors as well as close holes in safety. However, updates for these chips will no longer contain game optimization. The latter will continue to be released for Tiger Lake and Rocket Lake processors and new ones with Intel Xe graphic architecture.
Now, the Intel Graphics Driver software package will contain two sets of drivers for new and old processors. The installation process will be the same. The user will not have to choose which driver needs to be installed. The system will automatically define the processor model and will establish the appropriate version of the software.
The list of processors that will no longer receive game optimization is as follows:
- The 10th generation Intel Core, with Intel Iris Plus ; Intel Atom, Pentium, and Celeron, Elkhart Lake.
According to recent Steam Hardware Survey statistics, less than 2% of the platform's users use the built-in UHD Graphics in Intel processors for games, so it is understandable why the company decided not to release game optimizations for built-in old-generation chip graphics.