One of the worst named franchises of all time is back. ¬¬g_id:36782[Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 3]¬¬ is the third game in the energy drink brand's dirt bike racing series, offering new ground and in-air physics, new rider models and enhanced animations. But at what cost? Here are the official PC specs required to run Monster Energy Supercross 3.
I've got no idea just what changes go underneath the hood between each edition of Monster Energy Supercross but the third game in series certainly shows an evolution in terms of system specs. You'll actually need a fairly meaty system in order to meet the recommended specs for Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 3, including a rock-solid 4 or 8-core CPU and a mid-range GPU with at least 6GB VRAM. The suggested graphics cards are either the ever-reliable GeForce GTX 1060 6GB of the Radeon RX 480 8GB. An enhanced ground and in-air physics model may also put a considerable load on the CPU during high player-count races.
A genuine strategy classic, the long-running Romance of the Three Kingdoms series makes its return next month on PC with¬¬g_id:36071[Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV]¬¬. It's a large-scale turn-based tactical role-playing simulation grand strategy game depicting the classical period of China. Three warring nations are vying for control of more than 340 regions. It's time to brew a nice cuppa and get strategising, here are the Romance of the Three Kingdoms 14 PC system specs.
I'll start with one very unusual thing you'll want to watch out for. At launch, Romance of the 3 Kingdoms XIV will allegedly require a Japanese version of Windows 8.1. This is because the initial release of the game will be Japanese-language only. You'll have to check for each language in your own territory but the English UI update is due to arrive on February 28th, 2020, some six weeks after Romance 14's January 16th launch on Steam. Certainly something to remember in case you're thinking of preordering as this game will be pretty much inscrutable unless you're fluent in Japanese.
We've already built the Ultimate PC at the $1200 sweet spot, but what about something for the more frugal PC gamer? For $800 you can get a 1080p PC gaming build which absolutely blows away console performance the same resolution. Proof that you don't need to break the bank to have a top-tier gaming experience.
For 800 bucks you can build yourself a fantastic gaming rig including all the necessary hardware components such as graphics card, CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and even a headset. All of this for under $800 and you're not going to have any troubles reaching that all-important 1080p/60 frames per second.
For those of you who love the idea of Minecraft but detest the total freedom and lack of direction, ¬¬g_id:36735[Dragon Quest Builders 2]¬¬ is quite the answer. It's all the block-building shenanigans from Minecraft but this time wrapped up in a classic JRPG setting with a story and quests to help point you in the right direction. DQ Builders 2 is coming to PC on December 10th and here are the PC specs required to run it.
A cursory glance at some Dragon Quest Builders 2 screenshots and gameplay footage will tell you much of what you need to know. This isn't a massively demanding game, nor is it trying to be a graphical powerhouse. It means DQB2 has some very modest system specs, including a low-end dual-core processor and an entry-level DirectX 11 video card such as a GeForce GT 640 or Radeon HD 7750. Just about any modern graphics card, including integrated graphics (iGPUs) can comfortably surpass this level of performance.
Ahh, Halo. It's good to see you back. After well over a decade lost in the Xbox wilderness, Halo is now officially back on PC. ¬¬g_id:1052[Halo: Reach]¬¬ is the first title in an eventual 6-game ¬¬g_id:20324[Halo: The Master Chief Collection]¬¬, offering revamped 4K visuals, mouse and keyboard support, and every bit of content that was ever released for Halo Reach on Xbox 360.
It's a great package at a bargain bin price and it's also booming in popularity very quickly. Halo Reach has already hit a peak concurrent player count of 161,000 players on Steam alone, so this should be a franchise which is back and here to stay.
AMD has dropped a small-ish Radeon Software Adrenalin driver update as it prepares for the arrival of its Radeon RX 5300M laptop graphics card. The big addition is the official support for the aforementioned GPU, which should mean Radeon RX 5300 series is set to make its debut in stores soon.
Aside from this, the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.12.1 is actually a very low-key update. There isn’t any mention whatsoever of Radeon graphics card performance optimisation for the imminent releases of either Halo Reach or Phoenix Point so it doesn’t exactly qualify as a critical update for most folks.
Research conducted through an independent survey has demonstrated a surge in popularity for AMD processors over the past two years. While Intel has long been the dominant force in the CPU market, Europe, at least, is being pulled in by the allure of AMD Ryzen.
The survey was conducted by the European Hardware Association (EHA) and polled over 10,000 European residents. Of those asked, more than 60% said they’d choose an AMD CPU over an Intel CPU. By contrast, just 40% showed a preference for AMD when another survey was run in 2018, showcasing a 50% rise in consumer preference for AMD processors.
Nvidia has confirmed that future G-Sync displays released will now also support all AMD Radeon graphics cards. The G-Sync modules within these displays will work with AMD graphics cards right out of the box.
The variable refresh rate technology began as prohibitively expensive proprietary technology but has since been gradually expanded to FreeSync compatible displays which are compatible with G-Sync and now, the final frontier, so to speak, with the inclusion of AMD Radeon compatibility.
We’ve had plenty of renders and dodgy leaks regarding the PlayStation 5 development kit’s design but it now appears, with a year to go until launch, the final hardware is in plenty of developers’ hands.
Yet another leaked image has emerged this weekend, matching up almost exactly with the the ‘Letsgo Digital’ renders which were revealed earlier in the year. The PS5 devkit sports a very unique inverted V-shape design with more vents than the Nostromo, presumably packing plenty of cooling for the next-gen hardware provided by AMD.
UPDATE: 29th Nov, 2019 – In our recent poll, “Which GPU should we choose”, had the XFX Radeon RX 5700 winning. This means we will now add the GPU to the current build with the ¬¬azn:SSR-650FX[Seasonic FOCUS Plus 650 Gold]¬¬ to give it the required juice.
In my opinion, we currently have the “Ultimate PC Gaming Build for Under $1200”. This can change from personal preferences if you'd prefer to get a larger SSD instead of a HDD, for example, or you would get a weaker GPU and add a stronger CPU. However, at the moment we do appear to have the best price / performance setup.