Intel's Next IGP Slated to Run Sims 3

Is Intel now focusing on the PC gamer? That's what a recent slide reveals, posted over on According to the image, Intel's next-generation integrated graphics processor will focus on the larger mainstream and casual gaming markets. Simply called the Intel HD within the slide, the next-generation IGP will be capable of playing The Sims 3, World of Warcraft, Battlefield Heroes, and even a Nancy Drew title.

While it may sound like we're dripping with sarcasm, we're really not. Previous helpings of Intel-based IGPs haven't been real winners, especially when it comes to PC gaming. If Intel has any hope of gaining some kind of market in the gaming industry, it will need to crank out an IGP capable of 1080p video and DirectX 11-capable graphics.

As it stands now, the upcoming Intel HD Graphics IGP will accompany Intel's Westmere CPUs. The "enthusiast" gamer may be left in the dark however, left to choose between ATI and Nvidia hardware. As for cost, the slideshow didn't specify, however if it's slated for the mainstream and casual gamer, the cost should be relatively cheap.

We're betting more info will appear next month at CES 2010.

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  • jincongz
    Even if you're not dripping with sarcasm, you should be.
    The Mac version of Sims 3's minimum requirements:
    ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 GT with 128 MB RAM or Intel Integrated GMA X3100
    WoW on PC:
    32 MB 3D video card with Hardware T&L or better
    Battlefield Heroes:
    DirectX compatible 64 MB graphics card with Pixel Shader 2.0 or better

    As far as I'm concerned, their X3100 already hits all of their targets. Congratz.
  • makotech222
    my 4500mhd cant even run runescape, europa universalis 3, and most basic games without serious lag. i hate it and regret going integrated.
  • What does Intel mean by "run". So far their definition of "run" seems to encompass a slideshow with minimal graphic quality. I mean sure they can "run" a game but who wants to play at 10 fps and watch their character bounce randomly around the screen or watch a blu-ray movie and miss half of the dropped frames?