ONE GAME PATENT . . .


Microsoft has filed a US patent application for a system that will help consumers determine whether their PCs can run a particular piece of software. The system involves a "capability tool", which examines a PC's components and assigns the PC a numerical rating, and an independent ratings board which assigns ratings to software applications and games. If the two ratings match, the PC will be able to run the software in question. This system should help gamers in their eternal struggle to determine whether their PCs can handle the latest games.

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