PC Games are getting harder to keep up with, hardware wise. If you want to play the newest games and have them look halfway decent while running smoothly, it’s time to slim down your wallet for some new components.
Crysis has already been discussed for requiring God-like computer hardware to run smoothly while still delivering the pretty graphics.
Not to mention that upgrading to Windows Vista might take a small bit of a hardware upgrade as well, if you want to reap the maximum power out of the OS.
Ubisoft is planning on releasing Assassin’s Creed later this year for the PC, and they’ve managed to outperform Crytek in setting high system requirements. To run Assassin’s Creed as smoothly and as visually appealing as it looks on the console counterparts (Let’s assume Hi-def televisions since the resolution on standard televisions are so low, even a five year old computer monitor would make it look better), one would need a computer built by God’s father. Here are the rumored minimum requirements:
– 2 GB of RAM
– Dual core processor
– a 256 MB Direct3D 10 compatible video card, or Direct3D 9 compatible card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher
– DirectX compatible drivers
– Dual layer DVD-ROM drive
– 16 GB of free hard drive space
– Windows Vista compatible sound card
Despite these hefty minimum requirements, the rumored recommended requirements are one step above:
– 3 GB of RAM
– Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo or better CPU
– ATi HD2900, nVidia GeForce 8800, or better GPU
The shelves at videogame retail stores that used to be a home for new PC games have slowly shrunk into usually just a small corner. Are the developers expecting too much out of the PC gamers by producing games that are so greedy for powerful hardware? Or, have the consoles begun to level out the playing field now with their online and multimedia capability that the appeal of a PC just isn’t quite there?
The Nintendo Wii is proof that amazing graphics does not equal great gameplay as the Wii is slacking slightly in the visual department, but has revolutionized (again) the way we play games and has created another Pokemon/Tickle Me Elmo frenzy at retailers where it is physically impossible to buy one.
My question is – is it worth to keep up with expensive PC hardware to play these new titles coming out? The PC games library just acquired Gears of War, which has been out for the Xbox 360 for a while – and the PC version of Gears of War got an extra chapter to play (a little prize for the wait maybe?) But, if it’s going to cost an arm, a leg, and a few toes just to be able to run console to PC ports, why not just stick with the console? It can do almost everything a PC does nowadays because, frankly, it is a PC in a fancy little box, and the next-gen consoles definitely have a larger library to chose from (Even the PS3).