Futuremark and Microsoft launch Windows XP Game Advisor

Posted on Tuesday, December 02 2003 @ 19:24 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Futuremark today announced that their Windows XP Game Advisor tool has been launched by Microsoft. The tool is meant for Windows XP users to determine which games there are available that will run smooth on their system. It allows to filter games by genre and age group, and allows you to perform a simple online benchmark to check if your system will be able to play this game or not.
"Windows XP is the best platform for PC gaming today, and these tools make it even easier for millions of gamers of all types to find, enjoy and extend their gaming experience," said Dean Lester, general manager of the Windows Graphics and Gaming Technologies Division at Microsoft Corp. "The Windows XP Game Advisor is a fast, easy-to-use Web site resource that will help consumers pick just the right titles for gamers on their gift list this holiday season."

While the users of the service enjoy of a smooth and engaging online experience, its inner working is very elaborate and unique. The service scans the user's PC hardware configuration and then forms a performance estimate based on Futuremark's PC performance database comprising of over 10 million records of 3DMark® and PCMark™ benchmark results. This estimation is then compared to the gaming performance requirements of over 100 game titles, including blockbusters from publishers such as Atari, EA, Square Enix and others. The service also has a component-level review feature, which lets users drill deeper into the technical detail of their PCs.
The tool can be found here

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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