Who among you have looked at a PC games' spec on the back of the box and wondered, 'well, could it play on so-so card/machine? talk about pixel shader this, and vertex-or-something-or-other that that you hadn't heard about? Got a budget-range card, and wonder if it'd play with some settings, but obviously, you want to know how high it'l go before unplayable frame-rates apply.
well my idea is that, you go on this website, go onto a page for a game, and it'll have options for each type of hardware. For instance. You want to check if your XFX Radeon HD 3670 fanless with 512mb GDDR2  ... would handle Mass Effect, (a tempermental game) and wonder what res' it'l support up to. And what drivers, even, work on it. Course when you get that far and it's said 'maybe' so far, you would select your Operating system.
Because some games are quite mix-and-match. Hell, for motherboard section, there's even be, if there's onboard GFX, say if it'll run some games that aren't so intensive.
[1 - not GDDR3 as say, Sapphire use. Meh, I don't know if there is a 3670 radeon or not. Just imagine it's like mid-range between the 34-- and 38-- series. like 4550 is the midrange between the 43 and 47 or is that 48--?]
What do you guys think?
It would by default, list the minimum game requirements. it's like the Motherboard/other-hardware manufacturers list support - for Mobo's, it's what CPU's has been tested as working on that board. for this, it's what CPU's and GPU's are known to play the game -and-a-what-frame-rates/settings. Along with software turn-off recomendations, for thsoe with the lower-spec CPUs... offline / "turn off your firewall program" and so forth. Those can eat hardware performance.
Additionally, for input devices, it says if it straight out supports something like that LCD display for Logitech G15 keyboards (Is it G15?) or if you need a utility program to make it work with a Xbox 360 Controller. (which I got from a mate who had a spare. Said I wanted to see how it would be to use it for CoD4 M.W.)
so erm... Yeah.
If you guys like, I had the idea that we coudl try getting some, boost, from the game devs (if the site did actually get off the ground., Difficult, since I only know bare HTML never mind the other stuff, and i'm useless with graphic programs like Photoshop and even MSPaint. Ugh. The site i last made. Embarassing.) They'd basically say what they themselves tested the games on, at what settings.
And there'd be a database on hardware like Graphics Cards that say for sure, "Yes, this has Pixel Shader 3.0" or "No, it's v2.0."
Youknow, thinking on this, this would involve a huge community effort to maintain once up and running. Nevermind getting it up. And I'm talking Gamers who'd let us know "BTW, this Combo can actually be used at so-so settings in so-so-game" And so on.
And ofcourse, if the site ever did get off the ground, there'd be a Link in a sidebar "thanks to the Filefront community for all their support!"
Got more ideas, but I'll post later, want your opinions on this idea first.
Seems like a pointless idea when there are site like this around: Can You RUN It?
Choose the game, it identifies your HW and tells you if you can run it or not.
I'm talking about a more in-depth one.
okay, Hd 3450. Don't expect it to run Mass Effect at full settings and 1680x1050 res (my 20" monitor, every other res looks twisted and blurred) But basicaly, I'd have a "recommended" lot of settings for each resolution...
now I've got an AMD Athlon X2 7850. why the hell does it say: CPU Speed Recommended: 3 GHz You Have: 2.80 GHz Performance Rated at 11.78 GHz
11ghz?! Holy shit. :rolleyes:
Oh and obviously just used that site. (Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance. got the orig, not the exp-pack.)
Not useful if you're building up a rig, since sometimes you simply don't know if you're getting a PNY-produced or XFX-produced card. And again, sometimes it's the drivers that stop a game from being able to run. And instead of just going on here and asking for help and getting some useless stuff [to your situation] before someone goes, "Have you tried updating/rolling back your drivers?" about a week later...
And any decent PC Gamer will keep track of his hardware and what Drivers' he's using at the moment. (8.14) But some things you ignore since Cards generally come with atleast 512mb Ram. But as I say, sometimes it's not the ram that makes or breaks it. They could have a high-end 7-series Geforce. Or high-end HD2000 series Radeon. (which were shit, apparently)
Well the thing is they cant really tell you what it will do on your specific system. Hardware reacts differently when paired with other hardware. For example I have many friends with 9800gtx+ who complain of poor framerates in COD4, while I have tried a 9800gtx+ in my rig in the past and got almost 200fps.