Gear Comparison Feature in Patch 3.2
We’re seeing more and more features that used to be offered only by addons get built into the game. We’ve seen things like the Equipment Manager, Threat Meter and even the upcoming “Quest Helper” get added to the game. In patch 3.2, we’re going to see a built in Gear Comparison feature that will make comparing gear easier by showing what stats you’ll be getting and losing if you take one piece of gear over another (as seen in this image from MMO Champion). This will make determining whether something is an upgrade or not much easier.
This is a feature that already is available through addons like Rating Buster and perhaps it’s better than the built in one coming. But such is usually the case with these built in features. For example the built in threat meter can’t compare to the kind of threat info you get from Omen Threat Meter. The fact that it’s built in though means all players will have access to it and could save players from having to download so many addons if they’re satisfied with it. For people who don’t really download addons, this brings another level of convenience to the game.