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"Recommended System Requirement" means what, exactly?

#11arleasPosted 8/1/2013 7:26:56 AM
From: SchoolRumble | #009
Maybe your computer cant run at ultra but mine can

OOoh! an Epeen post. You didn't say what game though?

From: Tenth | #010
Judging by the responses, above... no one really knows, exactly. ;)


Well, nobody but the developers who came up with the specs. In general "Recommended" is not going to run the game at the highest settings (though some devs might set the bar that high for "Recommended" play) but it could easily vary from developer to developer.

Developer.


Developer.


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#12TenthPosted 8/1/2013 7:36:22 AM
Agreed... I was actually going to add "wish a developer were around to answer the question.". Seemed like wishful thinking though. :)
#13maybecallsPosted 8/1/2013 8:08:16 AM
Recommended spec. might as well be regarded as the minimum spec. imo., except for the amount of system RAM quoted sometimes. That can be ridiculously over the top.
#14TenthPosted 8/1/2013 9:11:00 AM
maybecalls posted...
Recommended spec. might as well be regarded as the minimum spec. imo., except for the amount of system RAM quoted sometimes. That can be ridiculously over the top.


I would be inclined to agree, but, - and this is an extreme case - my mom is running 64-bit Windows 8, on 1GB of RAM. It runs like garbage, but she's been using it since April, I think. I think MS says the minimum is 2gb, with a suggestion to have 4.

In my defense, I didn't know about it until this past weekend... but I just ordered her another 3gb, to get her ahead of the game. :)
#15ThePCElitistPosted 8/1/2013 9:14:15 AM
They take the worst PC they have sitting around and see if it runs on it. If it does then it's minimum requirements. Then they take one of their better PC's and see if it runs at anything higher than 30 FPS and if it does that's their recommended requirements.

I'm assuming this is how it works.
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#16JonWood007Posted 8/1/2013 9:26:55 AM
In the CPU market:

Minimum = game starts
Recommended = game runs smoothly (30+ FPS)

In the GPU market

Minimum = Game runs on low around 720p at 30 fps
Recommended = game runs medium high at a decent resolution at 60 fps


I say this because:

When I was running my old athlon XP, i often needed to meet recommended requirements for the game to run smooth

However, when I play on my laptop with an HD 6520g, I often can play games at very low resolutions and have them be playable, even though the igp is often weaker than the minimum requirements on the box (similar performance to an 8600 GT, but can run games that require an 8800 at 800x480 or some crazy low resolution like that).
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