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The Tech Report - Improving the PC as a gaming platform: the hardware.
The new spec would clearly involve some compromises, since you can't simply step up and demand that every new computer feature a Radeon 7970, 32GB of RAM, and a six-core CPU with Hyperthingamabobs. However, let's take a page from our own System Guide's Econobox. MPC-HD could set the bar at, say, a Radeon 7770 graphics card ($120 or so) and a Core i3-3220 processor (around $130). Those components provide solid gaming performance at 1080p in the vast majority of titles, even with anti-aliasing enabled. They would be a perfectly reasonable baseline to aim for—one that provides many times the horsepower of current-generations consoles.

Setting a baseline would make life easier for developers, as well. Let's imagine MPC-HD has multiple levels, and when publishing your game, you can simply state that the minimum requirement is MPC-HD Level 1. That's easy for developers to code for, easy for buyers to follow, and easy for manufacturers to advertise and profit from. One can only wish.

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12. Re: Op Ed Dec 29, 2012, 22:03 killer_roach
 
Axis wrote on Dec 29, 2012, 20:39:
Game manufacturers already label minimum requirements.

In all seriousness, though, a lot of system requirements are especially confusing to people who aren't familiar with PC hardware.

Case in point:

"The game says it requires a GeForce GTX 260... I have a GeForce 520, how come it runs like garbage?"

To a lot of people, this would be a perfectly acceptable question (even if pretty much everyone here would be laughing quietly, and hysterically, to themselves).
 
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