Fallout 4 Gaming- iMac or PS4?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Edan, Oct 16, 2015.

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Fallout 4, PS4 or iMac?

Poll closed Nov 16, 2015.
  1. PS4

    72.2%
  2. iMac

    27.8%
  1. Edan macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi all,

    The wait is nearly over, and I recently got into a unresolved debate with a friend regarding whether or not to buy Fallout 4 (http://bit.ly/1LvFdNs) on PS4 or on iMac (PC – Bootcamp). I’m hoping to get some feedback to determine which system would overall look and run better.

    I would be running the game via Bootcamp with the AMD’s 15.2 Driver. However, I’m curious to know what sort of quality could I achieve with this system?

    I’m currently running an iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014), 4 GHz Intel Core i7, 24 GB RAM, R9 M295X 4096 MB with SSD.

    Although some games such as Skyrim, Fallout 3, Call of Duty AW and the Sims 4 run smoothly at High (4K). Games like GTA IV, Alien, City Skyline and Farcry 4, I struggle to get playable frame rates at moderate/low settings in 4K, and sometimes reduce to 1440p to get smooth gameplay.

    I’d appreciate to know what performance settings would you predict I could achieve with this system? Could I get Low/Medium 4K? Or 1440p High?


    Here are the recommended Fallout 4 PC specs:

    o Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
    o Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent
    o 8 GB RAM
    o NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent


    Thanks for your time,
    Edan
     
  2. antman2x2 macrumors 6502a

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    I dont recommend the mac as a gaming machine. You'll have a way better experience on a console.
     
  3. MoreAwesomeDanU macrumors regular

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    its kinda crazy how many people are considering to use the iMac as a full on gaming rig. I get it if you are playing some computer only games, or some more casual games. But c'mon, the choice to upgrade m395 from 2gb to 4gb covers u for 2/3 of the cost of ps4, a full on gaming console.

    Honestly, i think its a no brainer in this case to not treat iMac as a gaming machine.
     
  4. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

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    You are aiming high for 4k - even heavy lifters like the 980Ti and Titan can struggle with 4k gaming.

    On the iMac you are looking at 1440p or 1080p as your target resolutions, especially with that blast furnace AMD card.
     
  5. luminouslight macrumors 6502

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    iMac cause of mods alone... Ps4 won't get mods IIRC. Just don't expect to play at 4K or anything crazy like that.. Should be ok on lower resolutions.
     
  6. MandiMac macrumors 6502

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    Please be more exact about what you mean with "look and run better". Will the PS4 version be optimized for the PS4 console? Yes. But it isn't guaranteed that you'll get even 1080p quality out of the console version - many games still are rendered in 900p and then upscaled, because the GPU in the PS4 can't handle more at 60fps. (Or the devs go crazy with the effects, who knows.)

    If you're gaming on your Mac, I'd go for 1440p because alone the jump from 1080p to 1440p is a noticeable one, let alone your 5K screen. What about your home setup? Do you have a 4K screen attached to your PS4, or is it a Full HD screen with 1080p, or even a HD ready device with 720p? All that matters, and for me it looks like the Mac way would be the "looks better" way to go.
     
  7. Serban Suspended

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    go for the imac, PS4 still plays 1080p and on your imac can play most of the games at 1440p high, and you get a computer too, maybe some work, browsing the web, music,photos etc while with your PS4 is a very poor device for those tasks
     
  8. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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  9. cynics macrumors G3

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    Hmm. Aside from mods and addons I'd recommend the PS4 version.
     
  10. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    I don't care how powerful your iMac is, I wouldn't game on it at all. If you have a PS4 there really shouldn't be any question


    PS4 version will be patches the fastest and it's getting mod support
     

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