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  1. garak0410's Avatar
    Same here. If I'm playing a desktop game, I'll most likely be using a mouse on a flat surface too so might as well have it plugged into...
    And not surprising, most desktop games make the fan kick on and the SP3 does get quite warm...
    06-23-2014 12:06 PM
  2. KJones75's Avatar
    OK, tried Kerbal Space Program this morning, and was actually surprised at the results.
    Thanks, chadthebuilder. I just got my SP3 today so I will try it myself soon. I'm hoping it will perform at least as well as my old laptop so that I can sell it to help pay for my Surface. ;)
    06-23-2014 07:05 PM
  3. Brandon McLean's Avatar
    yeah just keep tweaking them. Pro 3 performs similarly to the pro one in terms of games.

    Saw someone post above about playing with mods. Did you mean graphical? Don't even bother.

    yea maybe a few light graphics mods but I guess the default graphics would look good on a smaller screen anyway.
    06-24-2014 03:46 PM
  4. hobbit25's Avatar
    I have been playing around with a few games to see how the performance is, so far I have been pretty surprised.

    Wildstar: Low/Med with 30fps
    Supreme Commander 2: Low with 20-30fps
    PAYDAY 2: Low with 15-30fps
    CIV 5: Medium at native, unknown FPS but its very smooth
    Trine 1/2: Both works really well
    Tropico 4: Med with 30fps
    Killing Floor: High with native at 40fps
    Far Cry 3: Yeah i'm crazy but it works at low, native with 30fps.

    Not exactly a gaming machine but slap a 360 controller on this thing and its a respectable gaming system when away from home.
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    06-25-2014 11:36 AM
  5. xboxonthego3's Avatar
    I have been able to play Borderlands 2 on the low settings. It runs between 20 to 35 frames per second on avg. But on rare occasions will drop below 20 in random situations. The game is surprisingly very playable. Played with my brother (he has a Surface Pro 3 as well) over LAN. Having a blast!
    06-28-2014 11:34 PM
  6. theefman's Avatar
    Anyone try Marvel Heroes (www.marvelheroes.com)? Its free to play and could be a fun game to setup for group play.
    Last edited by theefman; 07-01-2014 at 03:18 PM.
    07-01-2014 02:07 PM
  7. fc000's Avatar
    As mentioned in another thread, I've tried World of Tanks. It runs at about 60-70 fps with the CPU hitting full turbo at 2.9 GHz, but after a few minutes, it throttles down to 1.1 to 1.3 GHz, and the frame rate hits 30-40 fps, the same level of performance as my Surface Pro 1 on the same settings. It's rather disappointing, and naturally it destroys the battery life.
    07-01-2014 03:11 PM
  8. mozman68's Avatar
    ..the same level of performance as my Surface Pro 1 on the same settings. It's rather disappointing, and naturally it destroys the battery life.
    Dissapointing from a gaming standpoint, but I think most people would rather have the larger screen, lighter weight, same ability to handle productivity programs/apps....I would never consider any surface model a gaming rig by any means and using that comparison as a factor on whether or not the SP3 is lacking in some way isn't fair.
    07-01-2014 06:22 PM
  9. xboxonthego3's Avatar
    Yeah the surfaces are not gaming machines. But in my opinion im not disappointed but actually surprised on what games it can play.
    07-01-2014 06:28 PM
  10. fc000's Avatar
    Yeah the surfaces are not gaming machines. But in my opinion im not disappointed but actually surprised on what games it can play.
    While it's true, the Surface Pros aren't gaming machines (even though Microsoft themselves advertise it as a gaming machine), the previous iterations still functioned better as gaming devices. The Pro 1 gave you playable performance most of the time, and the Pro 2 was shockingly good at running games just fine at more than acceptable frame rates.

    ​To see the Pro 3, the first Surface Pro to be advertised by Microsoft as a realistic gaming machine run no better than a Pro 1 after a few minutes of gameplay is really disappointing. Hopefully, it's something that can be tweaked over time.
    07-02-2014 11:02 AM
  11. Nikos Lygidakis's Avatar
    Hi guys
    Could someone try Heroes of newerth and tell me if playable? Only game I play and will judge whether I buy SP3 or not :)
    Can you say Frame rate resolution and settings!
    Thank you
    07-02-2014 02:18 PM
  12. chuey101's Avatar
    My contribution.

    Play NBA 2k14 at 720p with no problems. No anti-aliasing, but I think otherwise setting were high! (crowd might have been medium or low)

    Very surprised.

    Also, titanfall, tried it again today after installing the beta May Intel HD 4400 drivers. I could actually play it on all low settings and 1024 x 768 (you need to go into Intel HD graphics manager to switch on "keep aspect ratio". Also need to switch resolution of sp3 to 1024 x 768 and then it shows up as native in the game.

    Good luck!
    07-03-2014 11:18 PM
  13. jrohland's Avatar
    While not exactly a game, it has many of the same features; I found an old copy of my radio controlled flight sim app -- RealFlight G4. I assumed it would run well on my SP3 (i5/8/256) since it was built for machines about 5 years ago. It does run beautifully. I have all the graphical features cranked all the way up to maximum quailty. I uploaded a short video of me trying to fly a helicopter.

    07-09-2014 08:04 AM
  14. Lars Panzerbjrn's Avatar
    For top end games, so far I've just played Starcraft 2; and well, it did work. I'll be trying out Civ 5 later.
    Both of these are relevant to my interests ^_^
    May I ask which SP3 you tried them on?
    02-27-2015 05:47 AM
  15. PhyscoAssassinX's Avatar
    Hmm I wanted to try my hand at the New Dragon ball XV game but I think that's just wishful thinking
    03-03-2015 05:59 PM
  16. alvinwooley's Avatar
    Where/how can I find and play Madden on the SP3
    03-12-2015 09:39 PM
  17. David Ruiz5's Avatar
    Does anyone here play Kerbal Space Program? It's one of the few PC games that I play, and I'm curious whether the SP3 can handle it. It isn't exactly Titanfall, but spacecraft with a lot of parts can cause low frame rates on some computers.
    Which Surface Pro 3 do you have?

    I run max specs on SP3 i3 and it runs like a dream. The only time KSP has become buggy is when I go overboard with RCS modules and have unbelievable stages. It'll run it, just don't go crazy with mods and have a ton of stages.
    09-21-2017 12:37 PM
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