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PCG: Ultrabooks Could be the Future of PC Gaming

Category: Gaming
Posted: 02:37AM

Is an ultra-thin laptop the future of PC gaming? We may have the answer to that in a short amount of time. Things are progressively moving forward with Intel's $300 million funding into the Ultrabook project, and not to mention the Razer Blade, which has been touted as PC gaming's saviour.

Intel is certainly building on the Ultrabook's premise on having a powerful, lightweight laptop that won't burn a large hole in your pocket. Portable computing has been on Intel's eye lately, what with a significant chunk of the business being encroached upon by tablet computers. Several manufacturers are already showing off a few Ultrabook flavored laptops: Toshiba's Portege Z830, Asus' UX31, and Acer's Aspire S3. These svelte form-factors are thinner, more affordable than a MacBook Air, and are equipped with a brawny dual-core i7 chip.

Gaming-wise, how do these Ultrabooks fare? The built-in Intel HD Graphics 3000 might not be the best option for an immersive, graphics-rich experience, but it does offer gamers an alternative. Current framerates on a few recent games are tolerable, especially when the graphics settings are dialed all the way down. PC Gamer demonstrated this in a recent playthrough with Deus Ex: Human Revolution on an Ultrabook- it was playable, albeit missing on the graphical bells and whistles.

As it stands right now, there's still a lot of work to be done if PC gaming is to flourish on these slender machines. The next year's batch of Ultrabooks, hopefully armed with meatier GPUs, are something to look forward to.

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Muchoman1 on September 4, 2011 04:12AM
*cough* razer switchblade *cough*
Munkypoo7 on September 4, 2011 05:08AM
Dual core i7 vs a full fledged 2600k. Nope, no contest.
Comp Dude2 on September 4, 2011 08:50AM
Fast, cheap, small, light there are plenty of miracles worth asking for before this one. As munkypoo says desktops will always outrun laptops, it will always be a case of "it's good, for a laptop"
VaporX on September 4, 2011 08:51AM
Guess it depends on what you do. Most gamers I know sit at home and play their games. They might attend a LAN party once or twice a year but that is about it. After all why do more LAN parties when you can easily reach your buds on the internet. For me paying twice as much for a PC and only get the same or worse performance makes no sense. I will stick with my full PC.
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Jose on September 4, 2011 09:34AM
Anyone who can afford to stay at home playing will pick a desktop. Folks who travel, who spends very little time at home due to work/college hours, might find benefits in going with a powerfull notebook. I would certainly pick a very powerfull notebook if I could afford it, but I guess my i5 2500k system "will have to do", hehe.
El_Capitan on September 4, 2011 10:00AM
I used to travel to different places in the past for work, so a notebook was great to have. Eventually, I ended up commuting to the same businesses to do some work while attending meetings, and instead of lugging a laptop, I just put desktops at those locations, instead. Unless I'm on a long commute where I can work on my laptop (say, an hour long train ride with wi-fi), then I'm happy to bring along a laptop to do some work or play games. On shorter commutes (on a subway or bus for 25 minutes), it's just a hassle.
Waco on September 4, 2011 05:13PM
It's not going to take over...it's just too cheap to build a capable gaming desktop.

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