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IMPORTANT UPDATE:  It has been announced that Windows 10 is not compatible with the Intel HD 3000 graphics chip-- one of the most widely used chips in computer history.  This chip was found primarily in laptops and starter home systems.  It worked fine with Inworldz up through Windows 7 & 8, but fails with Windows 10.  Be aware of this if you use any virtual world and are considering upgrading to Windows 10.

 

Over the years Inworldz has grown, development work has been done, it's improved.  We now have the Phlox scripting engine, better performance, faster performance. 

So recently I was surprised to discover that computers which I would never have used for VR before... now work just fine on Inworldz.  I made that discovery I procured a new 10.5" HP netbook (tablet with a keyboard) .  It's super lightweight, has a touch-screen, and cost $299 +tax.  It uses an Intel Tablet processor.  It's not a "killer" computer by any means, nor does it have advanced graphics.

What I was surprised and pleased to find was that this little, low-power tablet computer works just fine on Inworldz.  Of course it's not as spritely as my quad-core i5 GeForce 1050 screamer desktop... but it works just fine.  I'm able to walk around without significant lag, I can create and build just fine, textures rez fine.   In short, it caused me to totally change my thoughts about using lightweight computers on Inworldz.  Before now we had to say "no no no no" but now... I am pleased to relate they work pretty well.

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

Bottom line it means that instead of buying a $700-$1000 laptop just so you can do VR... you can spend $300-$500 and have a totally suitable system.  Rather than needing Nvidia and ATI graphics systems you can get by fine with standard 3D graphics systems (with some exceptions as noted above).

 

WHAT ABOUT THE PROCESSORS?

These days there are so many different processors all sporting different claims-- it's difficult to tell which is the best.  The processor I'm using now is a 1.4 ghz tablet processor... and while it's not near the speed of my 3.6ghz i5 quad processor in my desktop, it does just fine for my ultra-portable touchscreen netbook.   Of course a better processor and better graphics card is going to provide faster results and less lag.

Usually an Intel Core2, the i-X processors, AMD FX, Pentium or similar processors work fine.  You may want to shy away from unknowns such as A-class or E-class processors.  Celeron and Sempron are very slow; you'll want to avoid such. 

One thing I recommend:  put computer history behind us, because I am astounded to discover my low-power netbook works fine with Inworldz. That brings available laptops and desktops into a whole new low-cost dimension.  Just make sure it has a 3D graphics module and it should work fine.

 

BEWARE THE MEMORY USE

There are two kinds of graphics memory:   1)  Dedicated on-card  and 2) Shared.

There are also graphics cards that use both.  Be aware when purchasing your system of how much graphics memory is available... and what kind it is.   Here are some guidelines:

* It is good to have 4 gigs system RAM available.   If you get a 2 gig machine and your graphics card shares part of that RAM... you're not going to have much to use for Inworldz.

* Dedicated RAM is best in ideal situations, but avoid machines with less than 1 gig total graphics RAM (dedicated + shared).   Some machines only have 128 megs of dedicated RAM and can't share system memory; they will not have enough graphics memory to handle virtual reality.

* Shared RAM isn't as fast as dedicated RAM, but quite often such machines will allow you to share 1 gig or more of system RAM... giving you all the RAM you need for Inworldz.  The ideal is 1 or 2 gigs of dedicated RAM, but we can settle for 1 gig or more of shared system RAM.   It will do the job.

The main point is that it's now possible to buy a relatively low-cost netbook, laptop or desktop computer, one using Intel graphics, and have a decent computer for Inworldz.  Even Windows Tablets will work if they have at least 4 gigs of RAM.  This is of course very good news for our members with limited budgets. 

 

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