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I can't help but notice a lot of modern games have listed system requirements containing old computer hardware (Core2 and Athlon 64 CPUs, Geforce 200 and Radeon HD 4000 series GPUs).

Why is that? Is it so people with old computers with these kinds of hardware have confidence in their old systems to run modern games? What about the owners of modern computers with Core i-CPUs?

Why don't they start including Core i and Athlon II/Phenom II/FX processors and Geforce 500+/Radeon HD 6000+ GPU's already?

Apparently only the Crysis games are an exception to this rule.
Edited by Bitech - 2/19/13 at 6:46pm
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I think they meaning...minimum requirements. Even then they must be ran on low settings


People like us are the recommended requirements tongue.gif
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I think they meaning...minimum requirements. Even then they must be ran on low settings


People like us are the recommended requirements tongue.gif

Indeed. If it says minimum it is bare minimum for low settings. If it says recommended then it's probably for medium settings.

They're there because that's the least it requires to run acceptably.
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I think they meaning...minimum requirements. Even then they must be ran on low settings


People like us are the recommended requirements tongue.gif

Even the "recommended requirements" contain old hardware.
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It might just be based off of what the developer test's the game on, the best way to tell if your computer will be able to handle the game is to watch a few gameplay videos of youtube user's who list their computer specs. It's the best way to know imo.

And if it runs poorly on a 3.2ghz cpu, 16gb's ram, 2gb crossfire cards and a ssd drive, then the game is probably just poorly optimized. I'm looking at you natural selection 2.
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Even the "recommended requirements" contain old hardware.

That's because that's what it takes to run the game. Why are you complaining? You don't NEED high end hardware to run the games so why would they list it in the specs? They wouldn't and don't.
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That's because that's what it takes to run the game. Why are you complaining? You don't NEED high end hardware to run the games so why would they list it in the specs? They wouldn't and don't.

modern =/= high end
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Too me it seems your mad you over spent on what you needed to play a current game. If thats all you wanna do stick to consoles.

Think of it this way you have some room to grow into future titles that are more demanding.. or if you wanna push it add more pixels.. that'll surely do the trick.

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modern =/= high end

But modern > old. They are showing MINIMUM specs. They will not show any higher than MINIMUM specs. A stock Core i3 or i5 is faster than a stock Core 2. Fact. They show the slowest hardware that will suffice at a certain graphics setting. Why in the world would they LIE about the minimum specs required to play the game and lose potential customers?

You are being ridiculous.
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They prefer that more people can play their games, not less. If you turn down the settings on many PC games you can get playable frame rates on old or entry level computers. They won't look as good but at the end of the day games are about gameplay, not graphics.
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