PC gaming in 2022 – the next frontier

In all the years we’ve been enjoying the greatest PC video games, 2022 has by far been the weirdest 12 months. Not solely are issues like ray tracing and AI-accelerated supersampling trade-vast buzzwords, however large {hardware} shortages have made the interest dearer than it’s ever been. And as a result of the world of PC gaming is in such a wierd place, we thought it’d be a very good time to have a look into the future and attempt to guess what PC gaming will appear like in the coming 12 months. And it seems like 2022 goes to be a reasonably thrilling 12 months – new graphics playing cards and a complete lineup of video games that gained’t be hampered by the final-technology consoles, the PS4 and Xbox One.Frustration may come hand in hand with that pleasure, although, particularly in the event you’ve been mashing your F5 key in hopes of getting a brand new graphics card, just for new ones to return out earlier than you should purchase an RTX 3080 at an affordable value. Who is aware of – indie video games may turn out to be much more widespread on PC. (Image credit score: Future)Please give us extra graphics playing cards One of the hardest issues to cope with in 2021 was the large scarcity in silicon. While this affected the total world, it was an enormous blow to PC avid gamers that have been seeking to improve – particularly following the launch of a few of the greatest graphics playing cards we’ve seen in years. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 launched in September 2020 and was an enormous improve over the earlier technology’s RTX 2080 Super, however even now, greater than a 12 months after it first hit the cabinets, it’s extremely tough to search out. It could be one factor if it was simply out of inventory, however we’ve been seeing individuals shopping for up the playing cards and reselling them at an enormous markup to the level the place you may count on to pay double what Nvidia initially charged. And now that we’re anticipating to see Nvidia unveil the RTX 4080 in late 2022, we simply hope that it turns into at the very least a bit simpler to get your palms on a brand new graphics card. It’s straightforward to think about that there are going to be a number of pissed off people in the event that they’ve needed to wait on the sidelines for 2 generations as a result of there hasn’t been sufficient provide to improve their gaming rigs, particularly as PC video games leap up in system necessities, as the Xbox One and PS4 lastly get left behind. (Image credit score: Sony)Truly next-gen As PC avid gamers, every time we hear console producers discuss “next technology” know-how, we at all times have to carry ourselves again from chuckling a bit bit. Most of the tech that’s in the PS5 and Xbox Series X has been in PCs for years, and now we’re beginning to see extra video games make the most of it. But certainly one of the greatest developments is in storage know-how. Both the Xbox Series X and PS5 have unimaginable PCIe 4.0 SSDs, which is actually not one thing new, but additionally have new storage APIs which let processors entry the storage loads quicker. Luckily in Windows 11 we now have entry to DirectStorage, which is a storage API which can let PC video games have entry to your laptop’s SSD a lot in the identical method that the new consoles do it. That signifies that all the guarantees of gigantic and seamless open worlds that load environments so quick they don’t want loading screens would possibly truly come to fruition quickly. We’re undecided if it’s going to occur in 2022, however we hope to at the very least see it getting began. And in fact we will’t discuss gaming tech nowadays with out mentioning ray tracing. Everyone’s favourite buzzword has been seen in an increasing number of video games nowadays, and it’s beginning to be uncommon to see AAA video games launch with out some type of it. We have been instructed repeatedly by people each at Nvidia and AMD that ray tracing will finally supersede rasterization as the default rendering methodology. That at all times sounded a bit pie-in-the-sky for us, however seeing simply what number of video games have labored the tech in lately, we don’t suppose it’ll go the identical method as PhysX did. Ray tracing is slowly transferring from a buzzword to a mainstay in PC gaming and actually, we’re right here for it – so long as we will clear up the GPU provide points. (Image credit score: Future)Game costs can’t change One factor that has been actually exhausting to swallow with the launch of the new consoles is the leap in value for brand new video games, and fortuitously it doesn’t appear to be that has fairly taken root on the PC. But that might change!We’ve already seen the begin of it. When Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade launched on the Epic Games Store in December 2021, it launched for $69.99, regardless that it is mainly a port of an outdated sport. And actually we gained’t stand for it. One of the greatest advantages of PC gaming is that whereas the preliminary {hardware} is dearer, it is genuinely cheaper to purchase video games. While that often does solely apply to video games which were out for some time, with massive seasonal gross sales like the Steam Winter Sale happening proper now – that is the final platform the place video games ought to be that costly. So heading into the new 12 months, we actually do hope that FF7R is the exception moderately than the new rule. Because whereas it nearly looks as if outdated information that video games are immediately 15% dearer, it’s nonetheless comparatively latest, and there’s nonetheless time to push again in opposition to it on PC.(Image credit score: Sony)Bloodborne on PC  At this level, almost seven years after its preliminary launch on PS4 we in all probability won’t ever see Bloodborne make its debut on PC – at the very least past enjoying it via PS Now. But that doesn’t imply we’re ever going to cease asking for it. There are some (us included) who suppose it’s the greatest sport From Software has made to this point, and we might like to see it make its technique to our favourite gaming platform. And whereas this has at all times been one thing we by no means anticipated to truly materialize, we’re beginning to get a bit little bit of hope, principally as a result of Sony has began to place an increasing number of video games on Windows. We’re going to see Uncharted and God of War in 2022 at the very least, and whereas we’ll by no means get new PS5 video games the identical day as the console gamers, we actually don’t suppose it’s an excessive amount of to ask for a 7 12 months outdated title. And whereas we do exactly wish to play Bloodborne whereas having Discord interrupting us in the background like we do with all our video games, we particularly wish to see Bloodborne on PC as a result of that’s the place the sport may attain its true potential. The unique launch on PS4, whereas certainly one of the greatest video games ever made, continues to be type of a multitude on a technical stage to this present day. There are sections of the sport the place the framerate tanks, and each time you die you must undergo a prolonged load time making an already punishing sport much more irritating. On PC, Bloodborne may simply run at 4K with a 60 fps locked framerate. And whereas we often need all the pieces operating at a minimal 60 fps, it’s much more essential with a sport that depends so closely on response instances and quick-paced fight. Listen, we all know it’s by no means going to occur, however allow us to dream. 


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