The Convergence of Immersive and Competitive Gaming Pushes Hadware’s boundaries

NEW LEVEL OF REQUIREMENTS SET BY COMPETITIVE AND IMMERSIVE GAMES

Recent releases, such as PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) and Battlefield 1, require high-end PC components to play. PUBG, for example, requires a GPU with at least 2GB of VRAM, according to official channels, while co-shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is playable with 512MB of VRAM. Minimum specs are also increasing within franchises over time. The original World of Warcraft released in 2003, for example, asked for 32MB of VRAM, while the latest Legion expansion requires at least 512MB of VRAM. Recommended specs set way higher targets. PUBG recommends a GeForce GTX 1060 or higher as Nvidia GPU, for instance. For games that are both highly competitive and immersive, meeting recommended specs is more important, as the choice of GPU impacts not only the visual experience but the accuracy that is crucial in fast-moving shooter games.

WHO IS PLAYING BELOW SPECS AND WHO COULD BE PLAYING?

While most core gamers are upgrading their PC components to play the latest games, not all players adhere to this rule. Our tracker shows that 10.1% of core desktop PC gamers in the U.S. who played PUBG on their desktop in October do not meet the minimum requirements to properly play the battle royale title. This share rises to 20% if laptops are also considered. In comparison, 7.7% of American Battlefield 1 desktop players do not meet the minimum requirements. Among WoW desktop players, only 5.6% play it under the minimum specs. Russia has the highest share of PUBG gamers playing under the minimum requirements, with 21.8%, compared to 14.0% for Battlefield 1 and only 5.6% for World of Warcraft. When taking recommended specs as a starting point, the share of gamers who would benefit from upgrading their GPU increases enormously. The majority of PUBG players actually plays below recommended specs, even in the U.S. This share hovers at around 25% for American League of Legends or WoW players.

WHAT LAPTOP BRAND SERVES WHAT GAME BEST?

For the most part, PUBG is played on desktop. When looking at Sweden, more than 97% of PUBG players played the game on a desktop in October. In Central and Eastern European countries, a relatively large share plays it on a (gaming) laptop. In both Austria and Czech Republic, 21% played PUBG on a laptop in October, while this share in the U.S. is 14%. League of Legends players are more likely to play on laptop, with 25% in the U.S., as the game has lower specifications.

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