Originally Posted by Lifeshield
The fact that there's many other options for AA nowadays other than bumping up x4/x8 AA in game that alot of people may use instead kind of nullifies this argument though.
One game may have x4 AA as an option. Another may have x8 AA, FXAA, and SMAA as options. Who are we to define which form of AA a user must use to be classed as maxing his game? Just because he uses FXAA over x4 AA that doesn't mean he doesn't have other demanding settings enabled.
I've always looked at AA as a user preference than a neccessity. A bit like vsync. Even more so with multiple AA options included in a game. I'd say include a form of AA but really it's all about what the user is happy with.
With all this said this thread highlights so many variables can be introduced that having one true defined standard for PC just isn't going to cut it.
Derp. no kidding, thats why the options are limited to "in game settings only".
Max everything in game. Period. This is not a hard concept.
What if I don't like shadows in my games? Clearly a user preference, I guess I will just turn those off...
I don't care if you like aa or not, or what the game allows in its settings. Max the game, take notes of performance. Then you can set it to whatever you want to play the game at.
There are no variables.
You max the game, state your resolution. Everyone who has the same game, has the exact same options for graphics settings.
Then they state the resolution they are running at. It is 100% irrelevant what the maximums are in relation to one game or another.
There doesn't need to be a "standard" where every game gets ran at 2x aa or whatever, because we are still only comparing ONE game across different systems. You can't compare different games to each other, its just stupid to think you can. The engines aren't all the same, the available graphics options aren't all the same, the hardware demands aren't all the same...
Seriously, this is the easiest thing in the world. For the hundredth time, the review industry has been doing it this way since the beginning of hardware that needed to be reviewed.Edited by Masta Squidge - 5/14/13 at 9:36am