These days, the question we should be asking ourselves is, "Does the
game/application measure up to our system?" rather than the other way around.
As an example, my son gave me a copy ("copy" in the old bought-off-the-shelf-at-the-store sense) of "Flatout" for Christmas, and
being used to FS9, I expected to load it up, get alot of stutters and freezups, uninstall and quietly give it to the kid who mows the lawn.
Instead, after some minor initial configuration, I have a racing game that to my amazement and amusement simply screams on my so
called "antiquated" home built system; in fact, it's doubtful that it could perform any better on a more powerful unit.
There is no plethora of "sliders" to adjust, and no provision or concern with "target framerates" and the like. You just punch in a few things about your system, then set it and forget it.
Be that as it may, my heart still belongs to FS as I'd rather be in the air, but I can't help but wonder if we are being enticed into upgrading just to move newer hardware off the shelves rather than
getting better designed software.
Hope Santa was good to you all,