Tribes Ascend System Requirements

Written by Felix Nova on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 10:50 PM
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Tribes: Ascend is a free to play, PC exclusive, title by the Hi-Rez Studios Developers. Thats right, they are the guys behind the MMO sci-fi shooter, Global Agenda. Some of you may know that Ascend is actually coming from some serious MMO FPS heritage and has a lot to live up to. The Tribes series has seen some solid critical success in the eyes of the press but it has been 8 years since the last title, Tribes Vengeance, came out to a less than happy hardcore fanbase.

Tribes Ascend looks back past that hiccup and claims to be the successor to the much loved Tribes 2. Well, the wait is nearly over, an April 12th release date, and we have been kindly sent the system requirements by the guys at Hi-Rez. They are pretty hefty requirements but bare in mind that this game is developed on the Unreal 3 Engine, albeit probably a heavily modified version. So lets take a look at the Tribes Ascend System Requirements...

Tribes Ascend Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or Windows 7

CPU: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz

RAM: 2GB (XP), 3GB (Vista, Win7)

GPU: ATI or Nvidia graphics card with 512MB video ram or better and Shader Model3.0+ support. (ATI Radeon 3870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher).

AUDIO: DirectX compatible sound card

HDD: 10 GB free hard disk space


Tribes Ascend Recommended System Requirements

OS: Windows 7 64-bit

CPU: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU

RAM: 4GB

GPU: ATI or Nvidia graphics card with 1GB video ram or better and Shader Model3.0+ support (Nvidia GeForce GTX 560+ or ATI Radeon 6950+).

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23:09 Apr-03-2012

I guess I won't even bother to check the Red Cross on my GPU. I don't even meet the minimum required GPU. Some developers are going way too far with the graphics, which results in a excessive GPU/CPU Demand.
This wouldn't be a problem if, us, lappy users had the gear to run them but even most middle-class Desktop Rigs are going to have trouble running Tribes: Ascend, if these system requirements are accurate.
Most people are happy playing games at low or medium settings but sometimes a game's value relies a lot on the visuals, since other aspects like game-play twists, sound effects or replay-value end up being put aside and not as carefully developed.
The visuals do look nice but what's the point if no one can experience them? We pay the same price but some experience fantastic visuals, while others endure horrible harsh edges without AA and blurry textures, as well as no special effects. It's a tough world out there.

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08:49 Apr-04-2012

Sounds like you just put together a case for buying a console.
So let me provide the alternative.
This is a PC only game and as PC owners we want PC only games to really push the barriers of system requirements. In doing so it excludes console only owners from being able to really see what technology can deliver and then drives the return of PC gaming, especially when console machines are getting long in the tooth.
The industry gets a boost as more gamers buy the latest machines, the hardware developers take their new money and create more powerful hardware and the developers take note of the current trends and develop their games with the more powerful tech in mind. Its all good.
So games like this, which are MMO and FREE to play, open the game up to as many people as possible and while they then require a beast of a machine it says to me...if you are serious about your PC gaming then you are going to try/play this game.
And that to me is cool
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09:40 Apr-04-2012

Your perspective is quite correct and fair for someone who's in the UK.
Obviously I enjoy a game's visuals A LOT and I want the industry to keep growing but at Portugal, I am very limited and it kind of makes me wonder if I live in a sub-developed country, or something.
When I bought my computer, I was aiming for something really powerful. I paid around 1000€! That's a pretty penny! At least here! It might be nothing there but here it’s a month’s salary of someone who earns above the average....and what did I get? A high end-CPU with a just average GPU (at the time) - which is now actually below the average and that put together result in a huge bottleneck.
I would bought something like the Alienware M18x (Intel i7 + GeForce GTX 580M) but it was nowhere to be found. I did find one with a GeForce GTX 560M but it was over 2999€, while on the official Alienware store, it's 2300$ (2000€) WITH the god damn 580M.
Portugal doesn't got it worse, trust me. Many countries out there have access to stuff years after or don't even have access at all, like here. We depend a lot on huge retailers.
So you see, what I feel is that the developers are pushing, us, lappy and desktop average users away. The Wither II is a very expensive game, with amazing visual details. If I had bought it, I could barely run it at low. That would reduce its value greatly. It would be like playing a game from 2008.
Oh, and let's be honest, YOU KNOW manufacturers like NVIDIA and AMD make "deals" with the developers, so they release higher system requirements, to induce people into buying new stuff. It's easy for a desktop user - open the case and switch the old GPU with the new one but it's not so easy for us, lappy, users.

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21:50 Apr-04-2012

The prices you mention are normal even here in the UK.
The problem seems to be where you are focusing your attention in the PC market. You will pay twice the price for laptop hardware that might not be as powerful as its desktop equivalent.
For 1000 euros you would have got a powerful desktop that would eat through any game for a few years to come.
Laptop graphics cards are still weak in general and they can cost a huge amount for top end GPUs.
Someone can buy a desktop PC for 500-600 Euros and it will meet all current gaming requirements today and probably for a year or two.

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21:59 Apr-04-2012

I know I am very limited if I only aim for laptops but I can't stand desktops. As you know I have a desktop, which in the end performs better than my current laptop and it's from 2008 so I know what you mean. Pay 1000 euros for a laptop and you are buying hardware equivalent to a desktop from 4 years before.
I always taught myself to do the most with what I am given but more and more games are not playable at all - not even low settings.
It just makes me mad why developers don't build games in a way they offer rich graphical customization, like Skyrim V, which even the most weak-entry-rigs can run.

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