Windows 10 Now a Recommended Update

Microsoft is everything but subtle about their want for people to move to windows 10. With the security support for Windows 8 ending, users were left with two supported operating systems. Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 were left facing against one another, and now it seems Windows 10 may have thrown the first punch, becoming a recommended update as of February 1st.

Windows 10 was already seen as a plague by some users, with it automatically downloading onto their systems (sometimes without their knowledge), on the off-chance that a user may choose to upgrade. While some users have rejected the operating system on the basis of its information tracking and some just for its greenness (by this I mean the lack of support it seems to provide for its various flaws).

As of February 1st, 2016 though Windows 10 was made a recommended update, instead of the previous status of optional. This means that the update may be installed automatically, even without user consent on some systems.

While a bold move from Microsoft it was anything but unannounced, leaving many to wonder what the fuss is all about? Many users choose to let windows install the recommended updates because they believe that they would be best chosen to support and secure their system. An update as large as a new operating system, even if you a prompted, is less of a recommended update and more of a full refresh, with users of Windows 7 having to get used to a whole new selection of features and design choices that they would have missed upgrading from Windows 8 or 8.1.

Are you a Windows 10 user? If not, do you plan to upgrade? Give us your opinions on Windows 10 in the comments.

XCOM 2 System Requirements Revealed

XCOM: Enemy Unknown revisited the classic XCOM formula while adding a modern twist. This resulted in an incredibly challenging turn-based tactics game which managed to cater to passionate XCOM aficionados. On launch, there were some pretty noticeable bugs that marred the tense tactical encounters. Thankfully, most of these annoyances were fixed fairly swiftly. Eventually, the game made its way onto the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 but this always seemed a little awkward given the lack of mouse controls. In lieu of the reboot’s success, developer Fireaxis is releasing a sequel in February 2016. Currently, the game is scheduled to be a PC exclusive but that could easily change. Recently, an official Steam listing was added for XCOM 2 which outlines the game’s premise and system requirements:

MINIMUM:

    • OS: Windows® 7, 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4700 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom 9950 Quad Core 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 45 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Initial installation requires one-time Internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Microsoft Visual C++2012 and 2013 Runtime Libraries and Microsoft DirectX.

RECOMMENDED:

    • OS: Windows® 7, 64-bit
    • Processor: 3GHz Quad Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB ATI Radeon HD 7970, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 or better
    • Storage: 45 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

As expected, XCOM 2’s graphical style and turn-based combat doesn’t require a top-end computer and should work on the majority of hardware quite nicely. This is great news and makes the game more accessible to a wider audience. Notice that it does take up a large amount of hard disk space but this is a fairly moderate by today’s standards.

Are you looking forward to XCOM 2?

Star Wars: Battlefront PC Requirements Revealed

Star Wars Battlefront’s release is tantalizing close and EA has scheduled a Beta phase to mark this momentous occasion. As you might expect from DICE, the PC release is visually stunning due to the Frostbite 3 engine. Throughout DICE’s history, they have attempted to bring a certain visual flair to each PC release and thoroughly test the best configurations on the market. To prepare users for the upcoming Beta, EA has announced the minimum and recommend specification:

Minimum PC System Requirements:

OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
Processor (Intel): Intel i3 6300T or equivalent
Memory: 8GB RAM
Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
Graphics card (ATI): ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB
DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Recommended PC System Requirements:

OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
Processor (Intel): Intel i5 6600 or equivalent
Memory: 16GB RAM
Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

The minimum specification isn’t overly taxing and should be suitable for any system from the past few years. However, 16GB RAM seems absurdly high on the recommend section considering most games don’t even come close to utilizing 8GB. Apart from this anomaly, every other aspect appears to indicate a scalable PC version.

At the time of writing, some early access copies have already been issued to press outlets and streamers with a large audience. Patience is key though, as a large roll-out should happen extremely soon and there’s no need to spend ages retweeting or sharing social media posts for a code.

Are you looking forward to Star Wars Battlefront?