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[Kotaku] Half-Life Dev Says New Processor Will Bring "Console Like" Experience to PCs

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Intel showed off today a new processor called "Sandy Bridge". Awful name, but it's a promising piece of technology. So promising, in fact, that the boss of Valve was on-hand to pat it on the proverbial back.

With the studio developing Portal 2 with the "Sandy Bridge" specifically in mind, Valve boss Gabe Newell took to the stage at the Consumer Electronic Show and said "It's a real game changer for us. This allows for a console like experience on the PC."

What he likely means is that the chip, which is so powerful it combines a regular processor's functionality with that of a graphics card, goes a long way towards doing away with PC hardware specifications. If you've got a Sandy Bridge (God I hope the product's final name is less creepy to type), it's hoped that you'll be able to drop in a game and play without having to worry about your CPU, GPU, etc, just like console owners can do.

Emphasis on hoped.
http://kotaku.com/5726127/half+life-...erience-to-pcs

...We don't want a console like experience last I checked, and I don't believe it makes it any more console like.
Edited by X3NIA - 1/6/11 at 12:39am
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Ehh.. So basically they wanna make pc graphics even lower now?
    
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pretty sure it just means you dont have to buy a dedicated card if you wanna play crappy games (visuals wise)
    
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console like experience? oh no, less content and the constant expectation that the machine is gonna stop working completely if played for more than 10 minutes without an industrial fan blowing cool, filtered air over the board

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...since when did PC gamers want a console like experience...I would expect the Dev of half-life to know this the most.

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You guys are completely missing the point.


Previously, unless you went out and bought a decent graphics card (8800GT for example), a standard Wallyworld PC wasn't capable of running L4D at a decent frame rate. With Sandy Bridge, everyday users will be able to play games at decent settings without investing money into a dedicated card.

I personally like this move. The PC community will only get larger pushing devs to actually work on games for our platform.


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pretty sure it just means you dont have to buy a dedicated card if you wanna play crappy games (visuals wise)
At least somewhere here understands
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Please go and read the original article here: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/9794...onics-show.htm


The OP has done a real dis-service by not just posting that originally , instead of the crap from Kotaku...........
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post #8 of 16
This really is bait for the unintelligent to spout their "consoles are for nubs" message.

In actual fact, what he says is a good thing. By making a more standardised platform, you could entice more developers back to PC exclusive games. The support and developments costs can be lower as hardware varieties differ less and hopefully, by working closely with Intel and AMD, devs can bring the sort of optimisation consoles show and that PC's can only dream of at the moment.

This is a good thing. Read the article, don't just spout rubbish. I dare you OCN
post #9 of 16
Console like experience meaning easier to code, better optimized software. If you had the PC equivalent to an XBox you wouldn't be able to play Modern Warfare 2 anywhere near smooth or decent looking. However, with a single set of hardware to code for its so mind numbingly optimized that its visually ok and very playable. Their hoping Sandy Bridge, and the advent of the CPU/GPU combined chip can bring that sort of convenience of optimization to the PC platform.

BTW - for all those that say they don't want that to happen, that'll in turn bring far better coding, optimization, numbers of releases to the PC. It'll also pump tons of R&D into the CPU/GPU combination chips if they can make them powerful enough to play in actual 1080p with DX11 and maxed settings due to optimization you know damn well you'd be purchasing one.
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nothing new the i7's had gpu built in according to intel
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