Going into the December 10th release of Cyberpunk 2077, I know…very little about it. I know that it’s made by the creators behind The Witcher series. My experience with the franchise is limited, but I liked enough of The Witcher 3 to try more of their work. As I started writing this post, I finally got around to watching the gameplay trailer.
Barring anything catastrophic, such as terrible pre-release reviews, I’ll be there for launch day. Partially off the pedigree of the developer. Partially based on the smidgen of knowledge I have about the game itself. But mostly I’ll be there to break in my new PC.
High-end PC gaming is something that I’ve never truly experienced. Growing up, we only had computers that were powerful enough to run Microsoft Office and not much else. I vividly remember playing Wolfenstein 3D at under 15 frames-per-second on our family 386 PC. Doom? Forget about it. My PC stopped mid-install to say that it didn’t have the juice to even complete the installation.
That moment scarred me. As a 10-year-old, I was in no position to invest north of $1,000 on a gaming PC. Also, I didn’t have the know-how to troubleshoot any of the issues that came with setting up and running PC games at the time. Why would I ever game here when I can play games on consoles? Especially when Nintendo makes my favourite games?
For decades, I ignored the platform. Even as I grew up and got a job, the upfront cost of PC gaming was still too tough a pill to swallow. Console gaming served me just fine.
In recent times, the need for a higher-end PC grew. Having gotten really into streaming, I needed a PC that could handle the broadcasting workload. It just so happens that a good streaming PC also doubles as a good gaming PC.
I bought most of my new PC earlier this year. Not long after building it, I bought a few games but held off on really diving in until I could upgrade my graphics card. Last week, I added the final piece to the puzzle: an Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060Ti graphics card. At long last, I have a modern PC capable of running the latest games at a high level.
More than just a means of enjoying the latest game from a renown game developer, Cyberpunk 2077 will be my true introduction to modern PC gaming. Looking forward to seeing the best possible graphics, learning how to play games on keyboard & mouse, and finally a sense of what all the hype is about.
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This pretty much mirrors my experience with pc gaming growing up. Even into my adult years the idea of building my own pc and knowing how to handle any problems along with it seemed pretty intimidating. Interestingly enough, the recommended pc specs for Cyberpunk 2077 are much lower than what I’d been anticipating, so I’ll be trying that out on pc this weekend too.
Started playing it today on and it defaults to max settings. It’s GORGEOUS :O