Not all of us have the money or time to dedicate towards a full-blown gaming rig outfitted with the latest and greatest components. Many people who prefer PC over a console or have recently decided to dip into gaming on their work computer don’t have the type of hardware required by today’s most demanding games. The result is being stuck with outdated, unsupported titles or intolerable framerates.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are numerous tweaks and customizations you can do to your lackadaisical PC to create a more enjoyable gaming experience. In this article, we’ll also explore alternatives to the games you’ve been looking at that you might not have thought about before. At the end, you’ll be ready to start it up and get going with your favorite games.
For the majority of avid PC gamers, their first instinct after starting up their new rig is to download Steam. After all, it has the largest selection of games, unrivaled community integration, and a great browser system. A little-known fact is that there are a variety of other platforms available on PC where you can download and play games.
Desura and Origin both offer a couple of indie/classic titles that should run at full speed on any modern PC. There’s also the option to play browser games. Believe it or not, many sites are still running and offer a great variety of unique games that don’t need to be downloaded onto your device. Simply download a capable web browser such as Chrome, head over to a website such as arcadelots.com, and enjoy a plethora of free games.
Newer versions of Windows offer a variety of settings by default that can help you get the most out of your PC. In the case of laptops, be sure to switch to high-performance mode, which can be found in the battery settings. Turn off any sort of energy saver settings while you’re at it.
You could also have a go at updating your drivers. This could help your PC by installing the latest software for important components such as your graphics card, subsequently improving your PC’s performance. Head over to the file explorer and get rid of any old files lying around.
Lastly, open up task manager and have a look at what’s eating up most of your system’s resources by clicking the top values, which will sort resource usage by highest to lowest on the first click.
The sad irony is that people still think adding more junk to your PC will somehow make it run faster. From game “boosters” to clean up programs, all these apps do is run in the background and hog resources, occasionally slowing down to give the illusion that they’re actually doing something.
With a few tweaks here and there, your PC will be running smoothly in no time. Don’t forget that unlike consoles, computer parts can usually be interchanged and upgraded so be sure to check out which components you can swap for newer, more powerful versions.