Another Win for 4K Gaming: ‘Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes’ Will Support 4K on its PC Version
by Stephan Jukic – October 8, 2014
PC gaming with 4K capacity is a subset of the gaming industry that still has a way to go before it develops to its full potential. However, even at this stage, it’s progressing along remarkably fast and with notable advancements being made on both the gaming end and the hardware development side of the spectrum.
One good thing is that many of the newest games, even if they’re not advertised as such, can scale up to 4K Ultra HD levels of graphic clarity easily as long as they’re played in a computer capable of the resolution and with a GPU that can handle it effectively.
Other games on the other hand, are specifically being designed to work on a 4K level inside a PC capable of Ultra HD.
This is going to be the case with “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes” it seems. The game itself has been available for console gaming systems since last march but as of December 18th, Big Boss’ latest PC game will hit the PC circuit and is apparently the set-up for an even bigger title called “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain”.
Both games will be underpinned by the FOX engine and truthfully, a PC version of Ground Zeroes is well overdue.
Most importantly of all, as we’d already mentioned, the PC version of “Ground Zeroes” is going to be full 4K Ultra HD compatible and will feature an increase in the number of simultaneous light sources and models that can be displayed on-screen. Furthermore, the shadow resolution of the often dark game will also be greatly amplified.
Make no mistake about it, 4K gaming as a whole is still expensive and out of reach for many gaming fans. The PC power needed to render games like the upcoming “Metal Gear Solid” means lots of spending on GPUs, processors and other accessories and then there’s the issue of the screens themselves. Although their prices are dropping, a good 4K PC display still costs a minimum of $500 USD.
Nonethless, we are still seeing the development of a 4K games culture that is making all of this hardware grow steadily cheaper. Just recently, Nvidia announced a new series of GeForce GTX GPU chips that are designed to make effective 4K game rendering possible even on Notebook PCs with Ultra HD display. These notebooks would include models from Toshiba, Asus and Acer.
Earlier still, there was the complete 4K Ultra HD PC gaming package released by Origin PC, which included an Asus 4K display, Nvidia Titan Z graphics cards and a whole assortment of other hardware designed to create a functional out-of-the-box 4K gaming package for a cost of less than $4000. While this might still seem pricey, the individual components bought separately would have cost at least a $1000 more.
The bottom line here is that games played under 4K conditions are catching a lot of interest from gamers and both the manufacturers of games and PC hardware makers are working to catch up with cheaper technology that works better.
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