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Windows 7: Sometimes I wish game manufactures could...

23 Nov 2010   #1
blackzero

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Sometimes I wish game manufactures could...

...stop pushing their games for hi-end PCs.

My XFX 4850 is now struggling even to play Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2. Even at lowest resolution/details!

Seriously? ~_~ I still want to play modern games too. D:
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23 Nov 2010   #2
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm fairly new to this online gaming and gaming in general. In my day it was "Pong" and "Atari" and let's not forget "Electronic Quarterback" hand held.....lol. I had a XFX 4770 and then I got a PowerColor 4870 (a gift). There was a big difference between those two cards, in performance, physical size and power connections. Now I enjoy just about every modern game out there. As to answer your question; I don't think the newer games being geared towards the high end PC's as much as it has to do with all the data that is being added in these games. This in-turns requires a more sophisticated GPU to render all that data to its peak levels. This is just how technology evolves....it's worse than trying to "keep up with the Jones's" as the old saying goes. Especially in this industry and it can be a real expensive habit/hobby if one tries to.
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23 Nov 2010   #3
Der Stich

Abacus
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blackzero View Post
...stop pushing their games for hi-end PCs.
It's got nothing to do with high end PC's. It's how the games are ported.

If you want still play modern games ~30 FPS limited to DX9 with blurry textures without AA -buy a console.
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23 Nov 2010   #4
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well yeah, seeing that the "Recommended" requirements call for at least a 4800 series card, the 4850 might be a little underpowered for it. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 PC Requirements Out - Softpedia

You could try lowering the game settings so that the card doesn't have to struggle with the high settings of the game.

The other solution I hate to say is to get a more powerful video card if you're concerned with performance. The 4850, while a good card for its time, is a bit long in the tooth and was never really that strong of a card anyway. I still have one in my old system.

Right now I have a 4890 and it does well with the games I play - Fallout New Vegas (though the game itself is a crash fest), Dragon Age, Metro 2033, but I'll be upgrading around the first of the year as the newer games will require more horse power. It's the nature of gaming.

BTW some people have complained that games don't take advantage of the high end hardware so....
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23 Nov 2010   #5
Trucidation

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blackzero View Post
...stop pushing their games for hi-end PCs.
Although this is a pet peeve of mine too, I can't really blame them: you realize how many generations of gfx hardware just flew by during the last couple years right? The advancements have been excessive imho Yeah, I know it's a good thing, but it's annoying not to be able to buy something and expect it to remain in the top tier for at least a year).

Back in the 90s I pretty much not cared what went in the box. Now, it's like I have to re-check the gfx comparison lists every other month or so if I want to stay current with the news. It's crazy.
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23 Nov 2010   #6
smarteyeball

 
 

The first Force Unleashed played like a sack of drunk potatoes until it was patched.
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23 Nov 2010   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i welcome innovation and progress - i just wish it wasn't so expensive...

otherwise we would all still be playing pong.

(but probably enjoying a bug-free playing experience whilst doing so...)
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23 Nov 2010   #8
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trucidation View Post
but it's annoying not to be able to buy something and expect it to remain in the top tier for at least a year).
It might not be or remain top tier but that doesn't mean they can't play today's games.

My 4890 isn't/wasn't a top tier graphics card and was released in April of 2009, yet it plays everything I need it to play for now.

Is it going to win some benchmarking tests.... no, but I'm not playing benchmarks, I'm playing games.

While I am going to upgrade to a DX11 card early next year, it's not nothing I have to do right now for current games. Metro 2033 is a DX11 game but it runs just fine for me on my 4890 (DX10).

By the time I replace the 4890 it'll be two years old, and will replace the 4850 in my Q6600 system.... which is still capable of playing today's games

My two cents
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23 Nov 2010   #9
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
i welcome innovation and progress - i just wish it wasn't so expensive...
That's it...Innovation + Progress = $$$$$$
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23 Nov 2010   #10
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

The 4890 is a great card. I can run most games at max detail without any lag.
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