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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 foróone 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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14. Re: Op Ed Dec 29, 2012, 22:43 loomy
 
PC gaming standards could happen and it would be fine. "PC" is a smorgasbord of standards.

but it would take motivation and leadership which does not exist. only a handful of companies could do it, and they just don't care. why? because they don't make money from you running windows games. that is why the only hope is valve.

or, if PC gaming goes down the tubes more than it has, amd/ati could choke and nvidia could standardize PC gaming in an effort to stop the bleeding. but right now, only valve has the motivation to standardize PC gaming specs.
 
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