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Portal 2: Interactive comparison between Minimum and Maximum Settings

Though Portal 2's Source Engine is a few years old, it's still more than able to portray atmospheric scenes never seen before. Check this Slider Comparison between the Maximum and Minimum Settings of the game - drag the sliders to start or click on the links underneath each picture.

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Ducky3656d ago

I like the glass in the minimum version better for some reason.

bozebo3656d ago (Edited 3656d ago )

same. But I think its just because the minimum version doesn't render the dirt and smudges on them - it will affect shader complexity/detail too. Maby close-up in full res it would be a different story :P

bozebo3656d ago

Almost as clear as the difference between 360 and ps3!

But I troll, obviously PC on minimum looks better than either of those :@

/joke...

Those minimum settings can't be the actual minimum. Maby with a nooby option dropdown box selection, yes. But I am sure the settings go far lower than that.

Still, Valve always do a good job optimising, I played Hl2 fine when it came out on fairly decent settings on a non-gaming laptop with a basic intel graphics chip, 256MB RAM and a 1.5GHz single core amd cpu. For those low settings, the game still looks nice.

F4sterTh4nFTL3656d ago (Edited 3656d ago )

..maximum of 10 years old. So don't expect Crysis level graphics from Portal 2 but I fully expect Half-Life 3 to go all out in the graphics department or else there will be hell to pay from us loyal PC fans that have supported Valve for the last 14 years.

bozebo3656d ago (Edited 3656d ago )

tbph. Nearly any game could be developed with that goal in mind. The source engine makes that job particularly easy though. There isn't any real reason why every 2011 game couldn't run on a 2001 graphics card - as long as the rendering can be simplified enough through the options (ie, removal of most/all shaders and a wider range of level of detail options). Obviously though, somebody with a 2001 gpu won't be interested in playing bf3 etc. :D

I think their main objective is having the game run really well on new intel graphics chips which are in what seems to be about 90% of laptops (because they are built into the cpu now). That also catches 10 year old machines in the same target market by coincidence.

More PC devs need to think about that market, the potential sales would increase a lot.

Ducky3656d ago (Edited 3656d ago )

"or else there will be hell to pay from us loyal PC fans that have supported Valve for the last 14 years."

O.o?
Valve isn't known for graphics.
They have their hardware surveys for a reason; they want to find which hardware to target.

Edit:
Aye, Portal2 and TeamFortress2 have a good thing going as far as the style goes.

distorted_reality3656d ago

Exactly.

Majority (read just about all) PC gamers will be so happy when Ep3/HL3 comes out, they won't care if it looks exactly the same as HL2.

Having said that, P2 looks great from an aesthetic sense if not a technical one.

BlackKnight3655d ago (Edited 3655d ago )

While Valve isn't know for graphics RIGHT NOW, when HL2 trailers were shown and the game came out, it was mind blowing at the time. That only lasted for about a year and since then we have seen great looking games, but nothing that is pushing the boundaries, just highly polished compared to most other games these days.