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Minimum requirements

To run every game a set of minimum requirements are needed in order to allow the general public to make an informed choice regarding purchasing/downloading/installing your game.

You need to figure out what are the minimum specifications needed to let the game run smoothly so as to avoid getting into the crosshairs of your audience as proposing too low requirements can become a regular scandal if people having purchased/downloaded/installed your game are unable to play it or can only do so with great difficulty.

Here is an example from a real worl minimum requirement list - Tabula Rasa by Richard Garriot so that you can ponder upon what your game asks of your players hardware

Requirement

Minimum

Recommended

Operating System

Microsoft® Windows® Vista/XP

Microsoft® Windows® Vista/XP

Processor

2.5GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or equivalent

3.5GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or equivalent

Memory

1GB RAM

2GB RAM

Optical Drive

DVD-ROM drive

DVD-ROM drive

HDD

5GB available HDD space

5GB available HDD space

Graphics

ATI™ Radeon® 9600 or NVIDIA® GeForce FX 5700 series video card with 128MB of VRAM

ATI™ Radeon® x1800 or NVIDIA® GeForce 7800 series video card

Audio

16-bit sound card

16-bit sound card

Internet Connection

Broadband internet connection

Broadband Internet connection

Input Devices

Keyboard and mouse

Keyboard and mouse

DirectX

DirectX 9.0c

DirectX 9.0c

General Info

Release Date

November 2, 2007

Developer Name

NCsoft® Corporation (Destination Games™)

Developer URL

http://www.ncsoft.com/

Platform

Microsoft Windows PC

minimumreq.txt · Last modified: 2013/02/16 10:02 by einarpetersen