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With the upcoming release of the much-anticipated Tomb Raider in early 2013, many gamers are left wondering how they can accommodate the hefty hardware requirements. Tomb Raider, the latest installment in the adventures of action-heroine Lara Croft, now lists the minimum requirements of Intel CPU Celeron E1200 Dual-Core 1.6Ghz, AMD CPU Athlon 64 X2 Dual Cre 3600+, Nvidia GPU GeForce 7800 GS, and AMD GPU Radeon X800 GTO. It will also require at least 2 GB of RAM and DX9. These are the bare minimum requirements however, so for many of us, this game may require an upgrade.
Tomb Raider isn’t the only graphics-demanding game out there. Here are some of the newest games with heavy graphics requirements, and also some tips on how and when to upgrade.
Graphically Demanding Games
Some of the most recent and exciting games are now requiring gamers to upgrade for graphics. In 2007, the game Crysis made history with its hefty hardware requirements as one of the first games to require DX9 and a dual core CPU, but was so popular partially because of its superior graphics. Since then, more and more games require these components, as more developers seek to provide increasingly lifelike graphics.
Within the past year or two, some of the most popular games have also listed similar requirements. These include King Arthur 2, Guild Wars 2, Battlefield 3, Grand Theft Auto V and Metro: Last Light (release date pending), and many others. It looks as though upgrades are going to become indispensable for gamers looking to join their peers in the latest digital battles and quests.
Play Online for Better Graphics
However, if you don’t have the funds for an upgrade right now, you can always enjoy games online. By streaming the game via the Internet, you can still enjoy the modern, vibrant graphics without the pricey upgrade. All you need to do is investigate which games are available to stream and find a subscription service that will suit your budget.
Two of the main game streaming services are OnLive and Gaikai. The main benefit of using a game streaming service is that no matter how graphically demanding a game is, you won’t need to a high-spec PC to run it. The downside is that on top of the cost of the game, you’ll also need to pay a subscription just to access the service, and if your internet goes down you won’t be able to play at all.
Best Hardware for Gaming
If you still want to keep up with the newest games, you may want to consider an upgrade. Many of the games require 4 GB or more of RAM and DX 11, so you’ll want to make sure you have these things. RAM prices are continually coming down, and if you shop around you can get 8GB of high quality branded RAM for under £40. You’ll also want a powerful CPU, such as Intel’s popular 3.3Ghz Core i5 2500, or higher. Finally, you may need a new GPU, such as the NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which offers a lot of performance for a reasonable price.