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Old 03-19-2011, 01:39 PM   #1
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PC specifications check

I'd like Steam to have a service, where it will be able to evaluate your hardware specs for your pc to see if you qualify for a game before you buy it.

Not every one here has in depth knowledge on what stuff they have running their pc or what new piece of tech to get just to play it, you know brands and stuff, nvidia or Amd?,Radeon or Intel? it all gets confusing.

Just like how steam can already check your computer, only that how about you make it possible to it can check your computer to check if you can run the game in the first place.

The last thing you want is to buy a game you cant even run in your pc (At least in decent settings) and not knowing what to get to run it, or especially for the younger audience, having to wait MONTHS to save up money to get a new upgrade.

With that stated above it should also be able suggest what to get as it scans if your pc can even accommodate it.
 
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:50 PM   #2
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While I do think this idea is a good one, it would almost certainly require one hell of a lot of manpower/work that I don't think Valve could do.

However, I do think they should include a CYRI (Can you run it) thing on each game page. While CYRI isn't great, it gives you a vague idea of what you need.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:10 PM   #3
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Well I am sorta willing to do some of the work, like a 3rd party thing, but I don't really know how to do that stuff, maybe even profit for the service?
Any one willing to start up something like that?
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:16 PM   #4
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3rd party or hire some people, tech experts or gamers to do, for free or for perks to do it over steam? Like I said, not really sure how to get this off the ground with out any help
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:37 PM   #5
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It would be nice, but there are so many different hardware profiles these days, each one with more software profiles that you have to ask, would it really do anything other then cost man power?
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:55 PM   #6
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However, I do think they should include a CYRI (Can you run it) thing on each game page. While CYRI isn't great, it gives you a vague idea of what you need.
CYRI is horribly inaccurate and should not be used on Steam pages. It doesn't measure the actual performance. It only checks basic things like CPU speed, RAM capacity and the RAM capacity and shader model support of the video card. It does not test actual performance.
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:12 PM   #7
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Even if they did have this, its not gonna guarentee the game is gonna run smoothly. For some reason, most game companies have their "minimum req" = the bare minimum to run the game at 10 FPS. So, yeas, the check might tell you can run the game, but not how well.

In all honesty, if you aren't sure about a game, post your system specs in a forum for that game and let other users help you. If your on Windows, you can dxdiag your info and post it.
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