The Crew's PC requirements are refreshingly tame

— 6:00 AM on November 3, 2014

After last week's Assassin's Creed Unity bombshell, it's nice to see some minimum requirements that won't make your PC look like an archeological relic. Ubisoft has outlined the requirements for the PC version of The Crew, and it looks like the open-world racer will run on even modest systems.

The minimum requirements call for a 64-bit version of Windows 7 SP1 or newer along with the following:

  • Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.5 GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 620 @ 2.6 GHz (or better)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 or AMD Radeon HD4870 (512MB VRAM with Shader Model 4.0 or higher)

In case you've lost your decoder ring, the GeForce GTX 260 and Radeon HD 4870 sold for around $250 in late 2008. Back then, the iPad was a glimmer in Steve Jobs' eye, and Call of Duty games were still good.

That's the minimum, though. Ubisoft's post also quotes "recommended" requirements:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.0 GHz (or better)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX580 or AMD Radeon 6870 (1024MB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or higher)

...and "optimal" requirements (which, I guess, are more like helpful suggestions):

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8150 @ 3.6 GHz (or better)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX670 or AMD Radeon 7870 (2048MB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or higher

Those "optimal" specs, by the way, are still more modest than the minimum ones for Assassin's Creed Unity. I'll concede that The Crew doesn't look nearly as visually impressive, but the racer does let you drive around an open-world reproduction of the entire continental United States. So, that counts for something.

The Crew comes out on December 2 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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