Battlefield games are epic but usually require hefty hardware specs to run them well…
This near future version of Battlefield is coming with a host of next generation features. With max player count doubling to 128 players, this game is sure to test the limits of your system. We have gathered everything you will need to know to get ready for Battlefield 2042 on PC, whatever your budget. Battlefield games feature enormous arsenals of weapons and vehicles and throw the player into an immersive world of online combat.
Battlefield is a series of games published by EA and developed by DICE. The game uses the Frostbite engine. Battlefield 2042 release date on PC is 19th November 2021. The game will be available on Origin, Steam, and the Epic Games Store.
There has been confirmation that crossplay is in the works for the game so there is a possibility you can play alongside your friends using PlayStation 5 and XBOX Series X/S.
Battlefield 2042 brings Battlefield Portal, to the series. Battlefield Portal is a sandbox mode that allows you to build any scenario you can thing of with assets from historic battlefield titles. With weapons, maps and vehicles from Battlefield 2042, Battlefield 3, Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1942, you will never run out of options for your games.
Use Battlefield Portal to create unique gaming experiences with powerful game creation tools giving you the opportunity to create, share and experience community driven content on this comprehensive Battlefield experience.
Battlefield Hazard Zone
Locate data drives across a huge map and beat the storm with your team on hand to help get to the extraction point. Hazard Zone is a brand new game mode in Battlefield 2042 with the objective to extract as many data drives as possible. Earn Dark Market credits to upgrade your loadouts and build up your extraction streak to maximise your player potential and upgrade your gear and tactical advantages.
Hazard Zone will be available in the main game and is the ultimate game mode for gamers looking for a tactical multiplayer scenario.
Battlefield 2042 System Spec Suggestions
1080p Entry Level System – Stormforce Gaming recommends systems from our GTX 1650, GTX 1660 and GTX 1660Ti ranges.
1080p HD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce 2060/AMD Radeon RX 6600XT or higher
Star Wars Squadrons brings the thrill of blockbuster movie space combat to your Stormforce Gaming PC…
Released at the start of October 2020, Star Wars Squadrons propels gamers into the legendary space combat between the Galactic Empire and the New Republic.
Squadrons boasts an immersive story mode set after the events of Return of the Jedi and features a plethora of references that will appeal to even the most casual Star Wars fans. You take the seat of pilots in Imperial Titan Squadron and the Alliance Vanguard Squadrons as you learn the basics of space flight, starfighter control systems and the careful balance between engines, shields and weapons systems. After a short time and some practice, you will be able to ‘boost drift’ past enemy starfighters, perform wild manoeuvres and minimise hull damage whilst locking onto your next target.
The story mode will introduce you to the basic controls and systems for each of the four starfighter classes on both sides.
Fighter Class ships are represented by the TIE Fighter and X-Wing which are well balanced and versatile for any situation. Interceptor Class Starfighters like the A-Wing and TIE Interceptor are speedy ships with less armour but much faster engine systems. Bomber Class ships include the TIE Bomber and Y-Wing and are perfect for dealing huge damage to enemy flagships and critical objectives. Support Class vessels like the TIE Reaper and U-Wing play a disruptive role and help your squadron stay in the fight longer.
You can also take your newly mastered skills online into Dogfight mode where up to 10 players can battle it out for supremacy in a variety of space combat arenas, each with their own unique appearance, there is also plenty of terrain and debris to block enemy fighters line of sight and avoid crashing into!
Fleet Battles is the main online mode with the objective of taking down the enemy Capital Ship. There is no other game available right now that provides the feeling of taking down an Imperial Star Destroyer quite as well as Squadrons.
Playing Online Multiplayer earns you Glory points which gives you the options to apply cosmetic upgrades to your ship and cockpit. Choose from different hull paint jobs, decals, holograms and even Ewok bobbleheads!
Every starfighter has a host of loadout options allowing you to customise weapon slots, repair droids and hull armour so you can maximise your time on the attack.
Great for Controller, Keyboard and Mouse and Flight Stick
Every player is catered for in Squadrons. The game has responsive keyboard and mouse controls that most PC gamers will be familiar with from the off. Using your mouse to aim and acquire targets feels natural and responsive.
Using the Microsoft XBOX Controller with PC, you can use the built in control scheme to pilot your ship with devastating efficiency. Your controller is fully remappable meaning you can tweak your input configuration to find the best balance for this fast paced game.
The ultimate way to play squadrons is with a HOTAS control setup (short for Hands on Throttle and Stick). This will include a separate joystick and throttle input that give you precise control over your starfighter.
Virtual Reality is incredible in Star Wars Squadrons
Squadrons is built from the ground up for VR support and creates an authentic and immersive experience that puts you right in the cockpit. VR support is integrated into the game and can be launched easily with minimal time spent configuring the game for good VR performance. All major VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and HP Reverb are supported and will provide real wow factor when playing the game. If you are in the fortunate position to own a HOTAS controller and a VR headset, you are in for a wild ride the first time you jump to lightspeed!
A powerful gaming system is suggested for the best results in Virtual Reality but a mid range system will play Squadrons in VR with the graphics settings adjusted to ensure smooth frame rates.
System Performance Suggestions
Squadrons performance scales very well across a wide variety of PC hardware and is very well optimised to present you with a smooth gaming experience at every monitor resolution.
At 1080p, entry level graphics cards like the AMD RX580 and NVIDIA GTX 1650 provide a very playable experience on maximum graphics settings.
Higher resolutions like 1440p can be achieved with higher tier cards like NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super or RTX 2060.
4k and ultrawide monitor users can enjoy max settings gameplay, achievable with an RTX 2070 Super graphics card or higher.
VR users will benefit from the graphics performance of a higher end video card like an RTX 2060 Super or higher.
Stormforce Gaming have compiled a list of Star Wars Squadrons ready systems that will provide the performance you need to get into this exciting title. The newcomer friendly barrier of entry is extremely low, allowing casual fans to access the world of Star Wars space combat. There is a high skill ceiling and steep learning curve for players who want to learn to master ship commands, systems balancing and gain expert control of their starfighter in online multiplayer battles.
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XBOX Game Pass for PC has transformed the way that modern PC Gaming is delivered…
Microsoft XBOX Game Pass for PC allows you to play over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, plus enjoy all the benefits of EA Play coming towards the end of 2020.
EA Play gives members instant access to a collection of the best EA titles available as well as early trials on selected titles and special member-only content.
Digital content delivery services have revolutionised the way that PC Gamers choose their latest games. Whilst this was convenient and easy to use it becomes very expensive buying one or two games every month.
Game purchase via digital delivery services would mean a high initial outlay and the potential for problematic refund procedures if you didn’t like the title.
Game Pass for PC does away with all of this. Your monthly subscription service from Microsoft provides you instant access to the latest and greatest blockbuster titles and indie favourites. Simply download the game you want to play and get going straight away. If the game isn’t for you, uninstall it and try something else. There are no restrictions on the platform or extra charges outside of your monthly subscription fee.
New and exciting titles are added all of the time so there will always be something interesting that caters for your tastes. You will also have full access to new PC games from Xbox Game Studios the day they launch.
The Game Pass for PC app is built into Microsoft Windows 10 so there is nothing for you to install other than games.
For gamers who have a Stormforce Gaming PC and a Microsoft XBOX console, upgrading to Game Pass Ultimate gives you all the benefits of Game Pass for PC as well as on XBOX consoles!
Forza Horizon 4 running at maximum settings on a Stormforce Crystal AMD Ryzen 3700X System at QHD Ultra Wide 1440p Resolution
How to get started with your Stormforce Gaming PC & Microsoft XBOX Game Pass for PC
As Microsoft partners, Stormforce Gaming provides a one month free trial of Game Pass with qualifying systems providing you with instant access to a huge library of top tier games to get up and running with as soon as your system arrives.
When you first switch on your new Stormforce Gaming PC and hit the desktop, your system will alert you that there are items that come with your device.
Click ‘Get it now’ or search in the taskbar for ‘Windows Store’.
On the Home tab of the Windows Store you will be presented with Game Pass for PC.
Click ‘Get’ and sign in using your Microsoft account details or create a new account.
The wizard will then allow you to subscribe and choose a payment method for future months after your trial period.
Once completed, you can go to the XBOX Game Pass for PC app and start browsing for titles to play!
On the main XBOX Game Pass for PC app you can browse titles by Recently Added, Most Popular or have the app randomly suggest your next adventure.
When you select a game to install, the game page will provide an overview of the game with important information like System Requirements and game ratings. All Game Pass for PC titles will have an ‘Included with Game Pass’ tag above them so you know it is part of your subscription. Just hit the green Install button to start the game download.
After the game has finished downloading you can launch from the icons on the far left of the app and get into the game!
XBOX Game Pass for PC comes preloaded with a one month free trial on qualifying system specifications.
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