Minimum PC Requirements for Games Do they make Sense

Recently I was looking at some of the gaming PC requirements which were released by the game developers and came across some of these observations and finding.

Minimum PC Requirements for Games

Game developers release Minimum and Recommended Gaming PC Requirements, Do they make any sense or are they just a CYA (Cover your Ass) strategy by the Game Developers. Let’s explore this a little more fellow PC Gamers.

Let me first share with you 2 most recent Game’s PC requirements shared by respective developers.

Witcher 3

Minimum System Requirements

  • Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz /AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
  • Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 /AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
  • RAM 6 GB
  • HDD Space 40 GB

Recommended PC requirements

  • Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz/ AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
  • Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 /AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
  • RAM 8 GB
  • HDD Space 40 GB

Assassin’s Creed Unity

Minimum System Requirements

  • Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.0 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz
  • RAM 6 GB
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB VRAM)
  • Free Hard Disk Space 50 GB

Recommended PC Requirements

  • Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better
  • RAM 8 GB
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X (3 GB VRAM)
  • Free Disk Space: 50 GB

As a buyer or gamer do I know after reading this will it Run on my gaming PC or Laptop? Some Questions before paying Rs. 2000 or $30 to buy it!

  1. On what resolution does these minimum Game requirements were tested – Were they tested on 4K, 2K, or 1920*1080 resolution or 1366*768 resolution monitor.
  2. How Many FPS they were getting at Low/Medium/High Game Settings for Minimum PC & Recommended PC Setup!
  3. They spend years in developing the game, millions in paying developers and marketing campaigns, can’t they test it on 4-5 systems and tell you what they get as Min, Max, AVG FPS?
  4. Why are they not optimized for Graphics Cards which are at least 1-2 years back when console buyers have optimized games for years?
  5. Why you should be worried that it will not run on your PC? & Why shouldn’t gamers try pirated versions if there is no responsibility taken by developers in optimizing them for medium/low-end PCs?

NO CLUE on above questions – let’s Buy the Game and Find out whether it works or not or let other’s buyout and search the forums or YouTube for some misleading/half true information.

When new PC gaming titles cost a fortune say, for instance, an Assassin’s Creed Unity was close to $30 or Rs. 1800 which is a lot of money if you live in the eastern side of the world.

If You would have bought a PS4 or Xbox One for Rs. 40,000($600) [pricing can vary based on Geography] & a new game is releasing on the platform, you are not worried that it will work or not on your console, what FPS you will get, it is game developers a headache to optimize this so it works on your console flawlessly.

But for PC you are left to update drivers, change monitor resolution, push for overclocking, and buy Ram, replace hardware and what not, to make it work.

Minimum PC Requirements for Games Do they make Sense

There are 2 fundamental Points that Game Developers & Graphics Card Manufactures (AMD & Nvidia) need to address:

PC Requirements – They Need to Give PC Specs System recommendations in a detailed manner, not as CYA (Cover Your ASS) strategy.

An Example of Minimum and PC requirements and what should be released with games:

Witcher 3 Min. Gaming PC Configuration 1

  • Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
  • Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660
  • RAM 6 GB
  • HDD Space 40 GB
  • Monitor Resolution – 1920*1080
  • Settings (Avg FPS Low –33, Medium – 30,  High – 26, Ultra -20)
  • Monitor Resolution -1366*768
  • Settings (Avg FPS Low –45,  Medium – 40,  High – 35, Ultra -27)  

Witcher 3 Min. Gaming PC Configuration 2  

  • AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
  • AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
  • RAM 6 GB
  • HDD Space 40 GB
  • Monitor Resolution – 1920*1080
  • Settings (Avg FPS Low –32, Medium – 27,  High – 24, Ultra -18)
  • Monitor Resolution -1366*768
  • Settings (Avg FPS Low –42, Medium – 38,  High – 32, Ultra -24)

Developers can add 1-2 more resolutions and setups and share the same for Minimum and recommended System requirements & what FPS we will get, on how much resolution.

We don’t need 20 gaming PC requirement, 5-8 is practical and easy for them share, also they will see how the game is doing on various setups. (which they obviously test).

One more thing will make the disclosure better is to test the game on both  AMD and Nvidia cards as some games tend to favor either of them.

If this clear & transparent information is there it will help the PC Gamers as well as PC Gaming industry to evolve. If they can release this information a buyer will not lose money on games which he is going to purchase and will take informed decisions.

Thoughts On  Assassin Creed Unity – Next.

Minimum PC Requirements for Games Do they make Sense

Now coming to the Assassin Creed Unity – I call it the world’s most expensive PC Game. As you need to buy the Game and invest more to buy a GTX 770 or HD7970 to play it at a good resolution. Was the game not expensive enough for normal gamers? There is a handful of gamers in India who can buy it and play it on their PC.

Minimum PC Requirements for Games

The game in itself is good or bad is not the question here but does it reach majority, the answer is No.

Concluding Thoughts: Why Graphics Card manufacturers allow such poorly coded games to be released, maybe they can sell new graphics card and outdated the 1-year-old graphics cards which buyers have bought. But if this keep happening does it give a strong argument to buy the Sony PS4 or Xbox One.

Nothing wrong in updating graphics cards to get better graphics but minimum playable frame rates should be ensured for most titles with mid-level gaming PC.

Unlike US or UK where buyers can easily purchase expensive hardware, there is a large number(millions) of gamers in India, China, Pakistan and rest of Asia & world who can’t afford to shell out $500 every year for upgrades.

Small improvements & understanding PC Gamers without deep pockets, Game developers, and Graphics Cards manufacturers can help PC Gaming industry to boom. We saw that happening with the smartphones in India/Asia.

Provide affordable, good experience, after understanding purchasing power and need of gamers & PC Gaming will Rule!

Thanks for reading &  please share your opinion in comments, If you agree then let’s make it Viral!

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