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matt
mmbb
2 posts
#12652 Development requirements
2 months, 3 weeks ago

Looked around a bunch and couldn't find any information on what sort of system is necessary to code along with the series. I'm buying a laptop and I'd like to make sure I can use it for this series if possible. Are there some expected system requirements anywhere? Also, would there be any issues using a laptop without a dedicated graphics card?
mrmixer
Simon Anciaux
270 posts
#12658 Development requirements
2 months, 3 weeks ago

One requirement is to have a graphics card that supports OpenGL 3.3 or higher (not required before day 242). It shouldn't be a problem on recent laptops, but you should verify that. There shouldn't be issues using laptops integrated graphics card as long as it supports OpenGl 3.3.
For a few episodes Casey uses a xbox 360 gamepad but the game will work fine without it, so it's not required.
mmozeiko
Mārtiņš Možeiko
1485 posts
1 project
#12661 Development requirements
2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited by Mārtiņš Možeiko on July 28, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Following series initially won't require any special things from your laptop.

A bit later you'll probably want better CPU and 4 cores at least. Otherwise it will a bit painful to run it because game will run too slowly because of software renderer.

Later, as mrmixer alreadhy says, Casey switches to use OpenGL then you'll want laptop that supports at least OpenGL 3.3 core profile - for any recent laptop this should not be an issue. Graphics card performance should not matter much, I think you should be able to run anything even on Intel GPU.

matt
mmbb
2 posts
#12664 Development requirements
2 months, 3 weeks ago

mmozeiko
Following series initially won't require any special things from your laptop.

A bit later you'll probably want better CPU and 4 cores at least. Otherwise it will a bit painful to run it because game will run too slowly because of software renderer.

Later, as mrmixer alreadhy says, Casey switches to use OpenGL then you'll want laptop that supports at least OpenGL 3.3 core profile - for any recent laptop this should not be an issue. Graphics card performance should not matter much, I think you should be able to run anything even on Intel GPU.



Once he switches to using OpenGL is the 4 core thing still a desire, or will that make it much easier to run on 2?
mmozeiko
Mārtiņš Možeiko
1485 posts
1 project
#12665 Development requirements
2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited by Mārtiņš Možeiko on July 29, 2017, 3:12 a.m.

Probably GHz (single core performance) is more important, because from time to time he does run some heavy calculation code without optimizations on single thread. But core count will most likely be more important when actual gameplay will be implemented (for AI, pathfinding or other logic).
msmshazan
Shazan Shums
162 posts

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#12668 Development requirements
2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited by Shazan Shums on July 30, 2017, 1:36 a.m.

My laptop only supports up to opengl 3.1 so that means I won't be able to play handmade hero. :-(

Just being curious on programming....