Sea of Thieves gives PC players the option to downscale graphics for older machines

    
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Are you really excited about taking up the skull-and-crossbones next year with Sea of Thieves — but are concerned that your rig might not be able to handle it? Don’t fret: Rare is giving computer players all sorts of graphical options to downscale graphics so that the game will run just fine on older machines.

While the game can be scaled up to 4K and 60 fps so as to display all of its visual glory, users can also choose to lower settings to a mere 540p and 15 fps. While the game may not look as good, the idea here is that performance will keep up with teammates and enemy players so that a gamer with an older machine won’t be at a tactical disadvantage.

“We’ve actually added a 540p mode, so you can go below HD,” said PC Design Lead Ted Timmons. “We’ve also added a 15 fps framerate lock because when we were talking to the community some people were like: I’m actually happy playing 15 frames per second. We were like: That’s actually really cool, we should support that. And to them go to them and say, oh, we’ve added that mode for you — it’s below our Rare certified min spec, but if you’re enjoying the game, why should we as developers knock you for that?”

Source: PC Gamer
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Castagere Shaikura

Just knowing that something like this is possible makes me wonder why other mmo’s don’t do this. Maybe because they get a cut in hardware profits by making people upgrade their PC’s for a game.

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Melissa McDonald

While I have sympathy for those on older machines, or onboard graphics, I still find this surprising. Even IntelHD on-chip graphics can summon up 30fps these days in at least 720p with basic detail.
What it actually makes me wonder about is, are they planning a mobile port of this… but even top-end smart phones have more muscle than 540p and would give more than 15FPS!

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Steve Fury

15FPS!? I get mad when I drop below 60 lol

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Ernost

I wish more MMO’s would do this. Some days ago when ESO was on sale, I considered buying it, until I checked the system requirements and realised my pc would not be able to handle it even on its lowest settings.

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Meanie

I think ESO has some great optimization options, actually. But I might be remembering wrong.

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hurbster

Wow, a pc game with adjustable graphics options, whatever next ?

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Armsbend

DATE. Where is it?

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Schlag Sweetleaf

T ARRR S-80 owners rejoice!

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Zoe

The TRS-80 was my very first computer – so many fond memories… All in glorious 48 x 128 resolution!

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McGuffn

Now that’s a rig. Love the custom case design and so compact.

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Melissa McDonald

around the time I came to life we had an 80286 PC with 640K memory and VGA graphics.

It played Wing Commander successfully!

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Celestia

That was a big boon for WoW back at its release. Good on them for spending the resources to offer the pc version to a wide swath of players.

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Armsbend

MOBAs being able to run on laptop potatoes is a big reason for their success as well.