Mad Max coming to Linux & Mac PC’s 20 October 2016

Another good game coming to my favourite platform (Linux that is).

To put a different spin on a line from the latest Mad Max movie – ‘What a game, what a lovely game’. Now I cannot wait to get it running on my Linux powered PC.

For the 6 or maybe 7 people that do not know who ‘Mad Max’ is I will tell you. He is a fictional character. He’s a survivalist in a series of 4 movies (not to mention a comic book and 2 games which I the 1990 release only this one based on the 2015 release). All directed by the great George Miller and starred Mel Gibson as ‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky in 3 of them. Tom Hardy replaced him in the 2015 reboot.

Below is footage of some of the game play from last years E3.

Now I cannot wait for the 20th. I hope that there will be more great games coming for Linux in the future.

Listed below are the official system requirements for Mad Max from Feral Interactive.

OS – SteamOs or Ubuntu 16.04 or newer

Processor – Intel Core i5 3.4 ghz or AMD FX8350 3.4ghz or better.

RAM – 8gb

Graphics – A nVidia Geforce GTX 660 TI 2gb graphics card or better with proprietary driver version 367.35 (AMD cards will not be supported) or newer.

About 32 GB of storage on your hard drive.

For Macintosh:

OS – Mac OS X 10.11.6

Processor – Intel 3.2 GHz

RAM – 8GB

Hard Disk – 35GB

Graphics – 2GB

Below is a statement from ‘Edwin’ who apparently works at Feral Interactive on why AMD cards are not supported.

Due to various issues with Mesa we will not be supporting AMD on release. We only can officially support drivers if they meet the quality needed and sadly Mesa isn’t quite there yet as it has a few issues and edge cases. It was a super close call but in the end we won’t say a game is officially supported unless it runs great using release versions of the drivers and kernel.

However we developed the game using AMD cards as well as Nvidia so if you install the latest Mesa beta drivers and other updates as needed it runs it’s just not at a level where we can provide official support as some edge cases will exist. Hopefully once all the Mesa developments get into a stable release version and all the related kernel improvements also are in a stable release then support for Mad Max and similar complex titles will be easier/possible.

Summary: AMD is unsupported meaning we don’t recommend you purchase it on AMD GPUs, however we have don a lot of work towards support which should happen once all the improvements to Mesa/Kernel are in stable branches.

That post can be found over  here.

As long as Feral brings the goods with a good quality port of a great game you cannot go wrong.

 

Microsoft stopping OEM sales of Windows 7 and 8.1

For more than a year, Microsoft have been trying to get everyone onto their new O.S.

This ranged from a free optional upgrade to forced upgrades. But from 01 November this year no OEM manufacturer will build, supply or sell a PC or laptop with Windows 7 or 8.1.

Now this is a double edged sword which is good and bad for Microsoft. The reason why it is good for them is it means that if people buy new machines for Christmas this year they may decide to upgrade the O.S on their current machines. This means more sales for Microsoft will mean more people to mine their data. The more data they get the more they can sell to some anonymous  person for a lot of money,

Now this is also bad for Microsoft. If people don’t by new machines then they would be pulling programming and testing resources from 10 to work on security patches for 7 and 8.1 . But then for those people that decide to stay they will still be pushing security fixes. Windows 7 will still be supported until until January 14, 2020. Windows 8.1 will be supported until January 10, 2023.

Now this is also good and bad for the end-user. Good for the end-user because they wont have to learn the new interface. They will know how to do what they need to do, they know their hardware works, etc. It is bad for them because they will lose out on features that are exclusive to the new system.

But what if you buy a new pc, but don’t want the Windows 10 that will come with it. Well you can take advantage of the following:

  • Existing Stock – OEM Manufacturers would still have plenty of old stock but not new.
  • You can take advantage of the downgrade rights – PC’s with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed come with downgrade rights to Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Professional. The offer is valid for as long as Microsoft provides support these two old OS versions.
  • System Builder OEMs: small PC makers who buy OEM System Builder media can continue to build and sell those PCs.
  • Use your own media and license key – You can still download Windows 7 or 8.1 install image files from Microsoft. You can then burn that image onto a DVD or USB and install from there.