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Can I install a Game on my Non-Gaming Laptop?

Community Aug 16, 2022

In this blog, we will get down to finding out how you can play games in your non-gaming laptop.

There must have been quite a lot of times when you might have had a normal laptop, but you would have had the urge to play a good game. Yet, the only thing that would keep you from playing the game would be: what if the laptop does not support the game? What if your laptop crashes and you lose some important files on it? In this blog, we will be trying to find out what exactly happens if you install a game on a non-gaming laptop.

What is a Gaming Laptop?

 Gaming laptops have a completely different look.
Photo by Taylor R / Unsplash. Gaming laptops have a completely different look.

Now, for those who are a bit confused as to what exactly can be defined as a gaming laptop, let us get into it. If we get into the basics, then a gaming laptop has intensive hardware and software builds that would help the laptop run and render large games with high resolutions. In comparison to a non-gaming laptop, which is built for mainly working, and nothing that would heat the laptop as much. If you have a non-gaming laptop, you will see that it gets overheated easily if you put too much pressure on it. The non-gaming laptops have a small fan and are quite low-key. However, on a gaming laptop, if there are many strains on the drives, you will hear the fans of the gaming laptop quite loudly. This indicates that the laptop is being protected from overheating, and you might want to be careful. However, the noise of the fans and the showy nature of the gaming laptops are not always appreciated by the public or in the school or office area.

To sum it all up, a gaming laptop is something that would enable you to put pressure on your laptop. The better the gaming laptop, the more pressure it will be able to take on.

Can I play games on Non-Gaming Laptops?

Non-gaming laptops are meant for working mostly.
Photo by Avel Chuklanov / Unsplash. Non-gaming laptops are meant for working mostly.

Not everyone has the budget to go for a gaming laptop. Also, there are tons of things to keep in mind. Those who are supposed to take a laptop to their study or workspace, cannot carry a gaming laptop, as it might seem to be distracting to others. Hence, one might have to end up with a non-gaming laptop. However, one of the most important and often asked questions is if they can play games on non-gaming laptops. Well, it is not that easy an answer.

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First off, if you were to compare the specifications of gaming and non-gaming laptops, you will find a drastic difference between the two. The gaming laptops usually come with graphics cards and drivers that enable the games to run properly, with their proper graphic details and resolutions. However, a non-gaming laptop will not have these features, and they would be just the basic requirements that you might need to run things smoothly. Hence, if you tried to play any games on your non-gaming laptop, it would be dependent on certain factors.

What are the factors under which I could play games on my Non-Gaming laptop?

These are not completely certified factors, and if they are present in your non-gaming laptop, make sure that you take extra precautions because, on a basic level, non-gaming laptops are not supposed to support long-term gaming. Here are some of the factors:

High Budget laptop

Apple Macbook Laptop. You can play some games in your MacBook.
Photo by Maxim Hopman / Unsplash. You can play some games in your MacBook.

Sometimes, if you have a high-budget laptop, then there are high chances that a lot of games might even run. This is because many of the high-end laptops will be a bit similar to the low-budget gaming laptops, as they will have better cooling systems, and sturdier drivers, which will support some games. However, you cannot expect to play AAA-titled games on those laptops, and you might even face lag and overheating if you play for long hours.

External Driver

Credits to Systweak Software. NVIDIA drivers are the most popular gaming drivers.

This is the most common way through which a lot of people try to play games on their non-gaming laptops. They will often try to attach an external graphics driver at the cost of some other inner component, or just replace the given driver with a better one that is used in gaming laptops. This would help them to play some better games on their laptop. However, the only downside to this factor is that you will need to keep in mind that your laptop will still be overheated easily, and you will have to find a way to keep it cooler. Many people keep a thermal cooling paste with them for their laptops, but that is not always effective. Another downside to it is that, by doing so, you are technically reducing the age of the laptop. That means if a laptop is giving the best performance for 4 years, by putting in external drivers and by playing games for long hours on your laptop, you will be reducing its efficiency age to perhaps 2 years or even less.

Games for Non-Gaming Laptops

Well, we do not want you to feel disheartened that you cannot play games on your non-gaming laptop. Hence, here is a list of some of the games that you can try out if you want to:

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  • Thimbleweed Park
  • Stardew Valley
  • Night in the woods
  • Hotline Miami
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • Broken age


In the end, if you want to be a gamer, we would recommend you go for a gaming PC rather than a gaming laptop. A PC is much stronger and has a more sturdy build than a laptop. Another point is that on a PC, you can customise more of the interiors and can change a non-gaming PC into a gaming one. However, you cannot change a non-gaming laptop into a gaming one that easily. Also, even a gaming laptop is at the risk of getting overheated and damaged over time.

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