Need for Speed has a need for good hardware

— 9:19 AM on February 19, 2016

Just last week, Ghost Games announced that Need for Speed would be arriving for PC on March 15th. Now, the developer has released the system requirements gamers will have to meet to get their drift on.

Some serious hardware is recommended to run the game with high settings and to achieve 60 FPS at 1920x1080:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4690 or equivalent with 4 hardware threads
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB, AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB, or equivalent DX11 compatible GPU with 4GB of memory

The minimum spec for running the game with low settings at a more console-like 1280x720 resolution and 30 FPS is as follows:

  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4130 or equivalent with 4 hardware threads
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB, AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB, or equivalent DX11 compatible GPU with 2GB of memory

Any system running the game needs a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or later and at least 30GB of storage space. Ghost also spelled out which racing wheels will work with Need for Speed:

  • Logitech G27
  • Logitech G29
  • Logitech G920
  • Thrustmaster TX
  • Thrustmaster T150
  • Thrustmaster T300
  • Thrustmaster T500
  • Fanatec CSR

It's not uncommon for racing games to have high recommended requirements, but the minimum spec for Need for Speed seems particularly demanding given that it yields a relatively low frame rate at a low resolution. Some developers have been cautious setting out their requirements in the past, so it will be interesting to see how real-world performance compares. 

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