I’ve heard people talking many times about how if you want to have peak performance in your PC games you would absolutely needs to go for the best equipment available including an SSD over HDD. Now while “expensive” and more modern hardware certainly is better the question is, do I really need it for gaming and what are the benefits?
Let me give you a TL;DR version right away:
No, SSD is definitely not a crucial component for your games to perform flawlessly however, it does have advantages.
So what good is an SSD for gaming then?
I’ll try and explain what exactly SSD will and will not improve. If you have a sluggish HDD chances are your games are going to load for quite some time. There are games where this will be very noticeable and games where this won’t be much of an issue (especially older games). Some huge open world games like the Elder scrolls online are known to have a very long loading time before they let you hop into the game world and in games like this the improvement would be most noticeable. Games that have a lot of details, actors, objects and are generally set in huge areas with seamless transitions from cell to cell would most certainly benefit from having an SSD in your computer though, rest assured that this will not improve your frame rate or visual quality (duuh) in any way.
Everything else in video games, besides loading times is handled by graphical and central processing unit, so for example if you have a scene where a lot of things are going on time, despite it being a large amounts of data, that data has already been loaded in your Random Access Memory also known as RAM and that’s precisely what loading times are for. During the loading time data from your hard disk or solid-state drive is being transferred into your random access memory which is unimaginably faster than both HDD and SSD are (and probably will be for quite some time) and after that when the game needs it, it is processed directly from RAM into what you see on your screen.
So yeah, that’s pretty much the only thing an SDD is good for if you’re a gamer. I guess we can say it will also let you boot up your computer almost instantly compared to HDD and let you play your games more quickly than a standard hard disk drive would allow you to but that would be it. So unless you’re an MMO kind of person or somebody who absolutely hates and can’t stand the loading times in video games, there’s not really a strong reason to get an SSD. It won’t give you a more stable frame rate CPU and GPU are in charge of that, and most certainly won’t make your games latency drop-down as I’ve seen some people online are suggesting, you need a more stable and faster ISP to do that.
Hope I cleared some things out and helped you choose an appropriate storage unit for your next computer configuration.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is an old saying that may be applied to many things, video gaming included. A lot of people are fast to judge a game but it’s looks and discard inferiorly looking games as worse than the rest. However this is completely wrong and not something you should do when deciding what you should play because graphics are not what makes a videogame good and this is why.
Good Graphics =/= Good Game
Sure, playing an eye candy game has its benefits. It’s more pleasant to look at it’s easier to get yourself lost in the world, etc. However, for how long the game will maintain to focus your attention on itself is a completely different matter. Don’t expect to keep playing only because it looks cool, it’s the quality of content that matters and once you’ve gone through all of it and realize that there is not much of it to keep you interested in first place, that’s when you start to get bored. Once your board, no amount of eye candy will maintain to keep you interested and motivate you to continue playing.
Graphics will always advance, it’s mandatory.
As time goes by, technologies become more advanced. As they advance they allow us to engineer more sophisticated software. With software improvements comes better, more spectacular or realistic or more realistic visuals. This is something that has always been so and always will be. Yet, it has nothing to do with the quality of any given content. Graphics will advance as time goes by, it has nothing to do with developer skill. A crappy game made in the flashiest engine is still a crappy game with flashy graphics while a good game will still be good and enjoyable weather and pixel art or photorealistic presentation.
Classics are remembered for their gameplay, not stunning visuals.
Simply because of the reason that video games are meant to be played, not watched it is clear that good visuals will only get you so far. Don’t get me wrong visuals are important for certain gaming elements like immersion, but it’s actually gameplay that you will remember in years to come. For those reasons exactly we do not fondly remember any classic by its flashy visuals or superbly advanced graphics, but for its gameplay and possible standards that it set for future titles.
These are the reasons why you should always value gameplay over anything else. Having a nice story or fence visuals in your game is generally a good thing, but you shouldn’t games solely on how they look. I like to say that movies are made to be watched, books are meant to be read and music especially for listening and that makes games made to be played before anything of the above-mentioned. Hopefully this letter article will help you pick a game next time you’re in a game store or, browsing online for new title to play.
“Graphics will advance as time goes by, it has nothing to do with developer skill.”
Undoubtedly, if you’re a PC gamer, you probably come across EA “Origin” a couple of times by now. Despite being well heard of and frequently marketed, rarely those who were actually using it as a gaming platform. Small selection of game and very high price range are probably the top factors were Origin is not favored by PC gamers when Steam offers on comparably wider selection of titles at much reasonable prices, yet EA is not quite ready to give up yet.
Recent edition to origin platform is of course the Origin access feature. For those of you unfamiliar with what it is, simply think of it as a customer subscription method. From your some of €3.99 a subscriber gains access to selected number of titles for a full month, getting to use every feature of the game exactly as if you owned it. However Origin access is probably not for everybody, some people will undoubtedly like it, while others might not share in their viewpoints.
First off, this is definitely a deal you want to go for if you’re on a budget. For symbolic some of around four euros you’ll be given a monthly access to a wide range of games of all kinds. This access is completely unlimited and you may play the games to your leisure as much as you want and whenever you feel like playing it. New and freshly release games are also available through origin access so you might get a really sweet deal and an opportunity to play freshly released AAA titles at unbelievable price.
The subscription is probably best suited for those with a lot of free time or people who like to shuffle their games and jump from one another occasionally. Also if you happen to have a week off and are planning on gaming excessively the Origin access might be just what you’re looking for. On the other side…
Yes, it’s cheap and accessible. And yes, a lot of games are available and playable for a month, but there are still some restrictions. First off many games come as bare-bone additions meaning that if you want experience any DLC content you will most likely have to pay for it specifically and purchase them in a traditional way. Not only that the program is still pretty much in “early access” stage of development meaning that selection of games is very limited at this time.
Perhaps the most important thing to notice is that you do not actually own these games. Once your subscription runs out you will lose all the games like you never owned them in the first place and you will either have to renew your subscription or purchase the game separately. This creates a feeling of tension and rushes you in a way to finish the game as soon as possible or you might not get the other chance without renewing the subscription. This is only a problem if you were planning to cancel your subscription.
All things considered this is one feature that EA seems to be doing great so far. While possibly too early in the development for the more aspiring gamers it is definitely worth checking out and for the price of mere four euros is definitely available and well worth checking for yourself.