Those of you who’ve ever bought a game that their computer couldn’t run knows how hateful it can be. It’s easy to spend a great deal of money on new games and many stores swear by their no-return policy.
If you want to avoid having to upgrade your machine, you’ll need to dive into the game’s system requirements before you purchase the game. Of course you can roam the stores with your system specifications at hand, but we can always take it easy by using the internet and one of the available web tools.
In the past, we wrote an article about Can You Run It?, a web application that checks your computer for game compatability, but today we’re going to look at an alternative website.
VGRequirements is another tool that you can use to lookup system requirements for video games. The difference being how it handles the information at hand. Contrary to Can You Run It?, VGRequirements leaves the interpretation of the whole lot up to you. This might not be what non-technical folks want, but it does allow a much quicker and more plain look at the facts.
By searching the site, you can find specifications of nearly any game you can possibly think of – even Mac games.
This ever growing database of technical information is also supported by its users. Though the site admins try to keep everything up to date, any missing game specifications can always be sent to them at contact[at]vgrequirements[dot]info.
The standard game template shows us the minimum system requirements, such as the needed operating system, processor and video memory for the job, and the recommended system requirements, which you’ll need if you want to play the game to its full extent. In most cases, you’ll also find the game’s box art and trailer there.
New games and specifications are added daily. It’s a more than decent site now, but it has the potential to become something even greater over the course of time.
What tool you use for the job depends on your own personal taste. Personally, I favor VGRequirements, because it allows me to take a quick look without having to wait for an extensive computated comparison.
But what sources do you use and why do you prefer them? Tell us, and the rest of the MUO’ers, in the comments section below.