We all wish to play high graphics games on our computers especially laptops but are unable to, usually since most games require a GPU for fast performance of our gaming systems.
Many laptops do not have a built in GPU, and on top of this, a GPU cannot be added to a laptop who doesn’t have one already since their isn’t any extra space, unless you go through the trouble of building a portable GPU yourself and providing it power and sufficient cooling. Also, even if there is space to add a GPU, like on desktops, the price factor of GPUs must also be taken into account. Therefore, what if we make your lives easier and just tell you how to play latest video games on your very own laptop/PC without a GPU.
It needs mentioning that with the current cryptocurrency boom, the GPU prices have indirectly gone up too, increasing threefold even. This has already annoyed much gamers, and also those who were looking to buy a GPU. Now with some simple ways you won’t be needed a GPU to play msot of the games. On the contrary if you are thinking about buying a gaming laptop, just for casual gaming, our advice would be; Don’t! This is because you can easily spend the money on other important things, since they cost a lot. Also they need constant cooling too since they are supposed to get hot.
So, if you think your work doesn’t make use of all the extra processing power which a gaming laptop provides, and you would rather just game or two, then this article is your saviour. All depends on the integrated graphics your work laptop has and much more importantly, the settings you are going to play on. Not only this, but choosing the right game to play is also important, since yes, not every game can be playable without a GPU, but most of them can if you follow carefully.
We have run our tests on the following games on a Asus Zenbook UX330UA powered by 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8250U and integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics, while the other one was a Surface Pro 4. This was a 6th-generation Intel Core i5-6300U with integrated Intel HD 520 graphics.
Since the specifications of these laptops are usually found in similar work laptops, then you can safely apply these tests to somewhat your laptop too. All we know is that people under rate their laptops by thinking they can’t play much games on they, while there is a list of a plethora of games, which can be played. These games are usually the part of the Steam sale, and can run on integrated graphics.
Hearthstone, Gwent, Duelyst
This was an easy go. Even if your computer if 4 years old, you won’t have much trouble playing this game, since it can be played on even the last generation Microsoft Surface Pro. All you require is a stable internet connection and a bare minimum requirements of 2GB of RAM, Intel Pentium D, or AMD Athlon 64 X2. On top of this, it won’t consume much space either, since the total installation would just take 3 GB space on your harddrive.
If you happen to have an older device like the Surface Pro 4, then you can use settings to adjust a little bit. Quality Preset should be turned to low and if you don’t mind a windowed screen, you can run the game on a resolution level lower than what your max resolution is. The same hacks can be applied to Gwent and Duelyst as well.
You can easily vary the game performance since the game offers preset video qualities. You can choose from lowest quality and then upscale to higher ones, which ever gives the best performance. Just play at a resolution of 720p and turn the render quality to High Performance and detail to Performance. This is just to increase the FPS of the game to provide better gaming experience.
If you think your laptop can withstand 1080p, then you can again upscale your resolution to see if it works.
Heroes of the Storm
Bear in mind, it does require some specs. Even if you happen to have a mid range gaming laptop or PC, you might have trouble playing on the highest of settings. Though, the minimum requirements aren’t really that much. All it requires is an Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64, GeForce 7600 GT, 2GB of RAM and 10 GB of disk space. Even though the game would set automatically a preset of video, but it would be better if you would turn every thing to Low even the texture detail setting on the right hand side.
Fortnite: Battle Royale
This Epic’s game is played by many all over the world, and is highly competitive. Though, sadly the graphical requirements are the most high than any other game listed in this article. Even if the minimum requirements seem low, they won’t be able to provide you the necessary experience for gameplay. With an Intel Core i3 2.4GHz processor, Intel HD 4000 graphics, and 4GB of RAM you would be able to just run the game but not really play it.
To play it on your underpowered laptop, just open settings and hit on graphics settings. The game must be set to fullscreen since in windowed mode it might cause some problems. Moreover, Motion Blur should be disabled, and the 3D resolution should be turned down to just 75 percent.
If your laptop is an old one, you might want to drop the resolution to 720p while keeping resolution scale at 75 percent. This would increase the frame rate though if you encounter further probems still, then just scale the resolution to 50 percent. Even if that doesn’t work then just move on since there isn’t anything which you can do about it.
Hope you liked this article, and it helped you play these famous games you have been wanting to play. Just a rule of thumb, if it doesn’t play on the lowest of settings, move on, find a new game. Most of them shall work though without a problem.