The Witcher 3 specs call for 6GB of RAM, quad-core CPUs


— 6:00 AM on January 13, 2015

Add another game to the growing list of titles with steep RAM requirements. Like Watch Dogs, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Assassin's Creed Unity, CD Projekt's upcoming The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt calls for at least 6GB of RAM. 8GB is recommended for those who want the best experience.

Here are the rest of the hardware requirements, which are reasonably steep all around.

Minimum System Requirements
Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660
AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
RAM 6GB
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
DirectX 11
HDD Space 40 GB

Recommended System Requirements
Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz
AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770
AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
RAM 8GB
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
DirectX 11
HDD Space 40 GB

The baseline CPUs have quad cores clocked at 3GHz or higher, while the recommended ones double the thread count—and kick the frequency up to 4GHz on the AMD side. On the GPU front, the minimum GPU specs call for $230-300 cards from just a few years ago. You'll need to spend at least $270 on a graphics card today to meet the recommended threshold.

Somewhat surprisingly, the storage requirements are just 40GB, which is barely more than Titanfall's audio payload. That's still a fair amount of storage, but it's not the 50GB+ footprint of some newer games.

While steeper specs might be a downer for folks with older rigs, it's encouraging to see developers taking advantage of potent PCs. The 37-minute gameplay video released in August suggests The Witcher 3 will put that horsepower to good use. The game is scheduled for release in May, leaving plenty of time to upgrade.

   
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