Playing most new PC games these days takes a state of the art rig, but there are some new games out there that aren’t as demanding as others. Everyone wants to make sure their computer is going to be able to run a game before they go out and buy it.
Can You Run It? is a great resource that will test your computer’s hardware and determine if you can run the latest games by comparing your hardware to the recommended game specifications. This tool will make sure you know where you stand on your chances to run the newest game. It may also provide you with some good insight about what piece of hardware needs to be upgraded next.
How to Use It
Just select the game you want to know if your computer can run from the drop down menu. I selected CoD5, because I knew the program would just laugh at me if I selected Crysis. After you make your selection, click the Can You Run It? button.
After clicking on the button, you may be asked to install a Java Runtime Plugin so the site will be able to properly measure your system specifications. This is a painless install and goes by quickly. After the install, it takes just a few more seconds to run the tests on your computer (or in my case, my laptop).
As expected, my laptop doesn’t do very well with the new games. It’s a good laptop, but it’s just a regular old Dell that wasn’t built for speed (if you know what I mean). The best part about the results is the detailed findings that are under the overall rating. It is there that you can find out which area your computer is lacking the most. As you can see, the video card area is the part of the test I failed.
Knowing that only my video card fails the tests makes it easy for me to make a strategic upgrade to run that new game I really want to play. This way you don’t overspend on upgrades you don’t need.
What games can you run? If you tell me Max Payne 3, I demand proof.