NVIDIA is developing a new approach to its video drivers that would keep desktop and notebook graphics on an equal footing. Called Verde, the set would ensure that any new features or performance gains apply to all hardware. CUDA and other general-purpose computing features will be the focus, but 3DTV Play and other extras should also be included.
Game performance is typically about 30 percent higher than with the drivers that usually come pre-installed on a notebook.
For Windows users, Verde will initially be a catch-up release launched separately from the usual desktop cycle. The version 256 drivers will be the first to be posted at the same time as their desktop equivalents and should include computers using NVIDIA's Optimus graphics switching.
The plans potentially represent improved parity for Windows-based notebooks. Many PC manufacturers often leave the video drivers as-is after a notebook begins shipping and consequently create problems should a game or new OS want features that only appeared in later releases. NVIDIA has told Electronista that the Verde release doesn't affect Apple as the Mac maker produces drivers of its own for NVIDIA-equipped Macs, which have usually had more frequent updates.