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Dead Space 3 on PC is an unoptimized console port

first_imgAll too often when you see a new game pop up as being developed for consoles and PC, it’s not actually telling the whole story. In fact, often developers will target and optimize their game for console hardware, and then just port it to the PC and even release the game weeks or months later than on console.If you consider the current gen consoles are now using 7+ year old hardware, loading up a port of one of those games on your new PC gaming rig can be a real let down. There are exceptions to that rule of course, but Dead Space 3 is not set to be one of them.Steve Papoutsis, executive producer on Dead Space 3, has confirmed that the PC version of the game is just a console port. It will not be optimized for the platform, meaning there won’t be DirectX 11 support and there won’t be any higher detail textures included beyond the 720p/1080p versions that ship in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.Papoutsis has defended the lack of optimization by developer Visceral Games by saying that the focus is on producing a consistent experience across the different platforms. How the game plays on PC will be as close as possible to the console versions, albeit with mouse and keyboard input. With that in mind, work is done specifically on the PC version, but it’s all about ensuring the game plays well, not taking advantage of the latest hardware, or even hardware that’s a couple of years old for that matter.This is reflected in the system requirements for the game. It will play on both Windows XP and Windows 7. It only requires 1GB RAM (2GB for Win7), a DirectX 9-capable graphics card with the minimum being a GeForce 6800 or ATI X1600 with 256MB RAM, and 10GB hard drive space.Looking on the positive side, it does mean you’ll be able to enjoy Dead Space 3 on older desktop PCs and laptops. EA do expect you to pay the same price for the game on PC as you would on console, though. It’s $59.99 across all three platforms, unless you are willing to pay $160 for the Dev-Team Edition or take advantage of Amazon’s $20 store credit pre-order offer.via Shacknewslast_img read more