What Games Can You Play on Older PC Hardware?

Posted on Wednesday, Aug 21 2019 @ 11:30 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Playing games can be hugely entertaining but it can also be hugely expensive. If you don't have a quality gaming PC with powerful specs and newer hardware, there may be some games that you are unable to play well. This article of demanding PC games reveals that games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are all made to run on powerful PCs.



However, just because you have an old PC and haven't got much RAM or a new graphics card, that doesn't mean that you can't be a gamer. There are many ways to get around this.

Streaming Services


One way to get around this is to use a streaming service. Streaming services can make gaming more accessible as you just need a strong Internet connection and you don't need to have powerful specs. These services will have a powerful system in a data centre and then they use the Internet to send the information, with those great graphics, to you.

Streaming service Google Stadia, which launches in September, is one service that has been created for that purpose. Any device that can run Google Chrome can use Stadia, so you could stream games on your TV, phone, or your old PC.

Online Casinos
Online casinos have a wide range of players, from those who know the ins and outs of every card game to the casual slots player who just wants to enjoy their break from work. Some people play on mobile devices and some people play on PCs too, so these casinos do what they can to make their games and their platform run well for everyone.

This means that whether you want to play slots like Wild West title The One Armed Bandit or the Narcos Video Slot, good for fans of the Netflix show, games in a casino online should play really well on your PC, however old it is. The symbols and the reels of the slots don't use so many computer resources and so there's no reason their appearance should be affected by (lack of) performance.

Indie Games


Without the budget of large game publishers like Activision and EA, indie games are often much smaller and that means that they will run smoothly on your old PC. That doesn't mean that they won't be as fun, or that they won't be as high quality, just that your computer isn't likely to overheat while playing them.

There are hundreds of indies to choose from, but this article on low-end games for PCs says that Into The Breach, Portal 2, and Minecraft are good choices. You can probably find many more, too, by looking around on popular PC gaming platforms such as Steam, home to thousands upon thousands of PC games of all sizes. Having an old PC doesn't mean that you have to find a new pastime. While running games at higher specs will mean that you need to buy a new computer, for now, you can enjoy gaming.