My PC is as follows: GTX 295 (2009), 4 GHz Core 2 Quad and 4 gigs of RAM. Win10 x64.
Well, I can play my favorite game just fine. I experience lags in Survival sometimes, and the framerate is generally somewhere around 50 FPS. Of course, all the graphics settings are on minimum.
Crappy picture aside, the part that annoys me the most is Cetus and Fortuna. When they are crowded, I receive not only lags, but freezes, and until every tenno is loaded, the thing is unplayable, being a slideshow.
Also, I have never been to Orb Vallis bounties before as I thought I was unable to run them - I was right. I experienced four minutes of load time in the elevator - and the party was on the third bounty stage already.
I will upgrade, but it will be costly. I planned out my future specs, and decided to go with AMD hardware, since I don’t need a green aircraft carrier for gaming which will double the cost. And while my CPU was the most expensive part of my 2009 PC, being 4 GHz, it is being outperformed by even an i5-tier CPUs.
The machine I’ll be building costs three whole monthly salaries in my country. If I save on everything, I’ll get a new rig which I won’t need to update anytime soon in half a year. No Orbs for me, it seems.
I can understand people with hardware older than mine. You never know how harsh a person’s financial situation might be. With an average annual US salary of $30K, purchasing a new rig is OK, I think. For others, not so much. For me, it’s a major investment. And I need to get a new PC before oil prices drop again, because, well, banana republic economy.
I will not settle with a mediocre PC just to run Warframe on constant 60 FPS - I would rather invest in a powerful rig to enjoy the game’s visuals at 144 FPS. Getting a new monitor, too, to be able to see such performance.
Guys, you may be able to continue enjoying Warframe. Just get hardware from 2012 or so. It’s hard to come by, but you’ll find it eventually.
The technology moves forward, and my old can of silicon, while being the top rig of 2009, is slower than laptops in this day and age. If DE wants to discontinue old standards, let them do so. With outdated things out of the way, they will be able to focus on other issues and fix them. Also, hosting a game with a bucket like this is a nigtmare for your teammates, so DE’s decision is for the best.