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Prey Runs Remarkably Well On My Wimpy Microsoft Surface Tablet

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The other day, my colleagues Kirk and Riley were having a discussion about how miraculously well Prey runs on their gaming PCs. “Good optimization?” I thought. “In a big-budget game with console versions? Obviously, I have to put this to the test.”

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I travel a lot, so what I wanted to know wasn’t whether Prey would perform like butter in a sizzling pan on a beefy rig. Rather, I was wondering if it could achieve baseline functionality on my humble Microsoft Surface Pro 4, with its pithy 4GB of RAM and integrated Intel graphics card. Now, my Surface isn’t a horrible machine by any means, but it’s definitely not made to run brand new triple-A games. I wasn’t expecting much. And yet:

It works! It’s playable! I can make phantoms go boom!

Generally speaking, I tend to get 40 FPS in enclosed areas, 30 in most places, and 20-25 in large areas with enemies and complex lighting. There’s some occasional stuttering, but it hasn’t impacted my experience much so far.

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Ideal? Hell no. Bearable? Totally.

Granted, Prey isn’t all that graphically complex of a game, something enabled by its stark, sterile art style. Still, I dig its look, and I’m all for more games I can play from hotel rooms and friends’ couches. Speaking of, protip: if there’s a mouse loose in your friend’s apartment, and it starts thumping around once every 30 minutes or so after 1 AM, Prey becomes a thousand times scarier—especially if one of your greatest fears is a mouse shitting all over your clothes.

Here are my current graphics settings, if you want to give it a try on your own Surface (or roughly equivalent non-gaming PC):

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Kotaku senior reporter. Beats: Twitch, streaming, PC gaming. Writing a book about streamers tentatively titled "STREAMERS" to be published by Atria/Simon & Schuster in the future.

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apocalypticboredom
ApocalypticBoredom

Holy crap. The minimum requirements list my graphics card - a 660gtx - so I figured I was boned and would have to get the ps4 edition, as I have done with every AAA game for a year now while I save up for a new gaming pc. The ps4 version looks perfectly fine, but I hate first person controls on a gamepad. Now.. I’m thinking maybe? Is that demo available on pc too?