Mass Effect: Andromeda PC specs won't leave you fearing the Reaper


— 3:10 PM on March 8, 2017

It seems a bit wild to say this, but Mass Effect: Andromeda is less than two weeks out from release. That's still plenty of time to get our rigs into gear for the game, though. Nvidia offered up minimum and recommended specs lists, along with details about the graphics options that PC gamers will be able to tweak.


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Let's check out those requirements first. Regardless of what other hardware you might have, you'll need to start with Windows 7 or later, a graphics card with that can do DirectX 11, and 55GB of available storage. To explore the vast reaches of the Andromeda galaxy at minimum settings on 1280x720 resolution, BioWare is asking for a pretty modest rig by today's standards:

To play the game the way BioWare intends, we're still not talking about anything too wild:

The GeForce GTX 970 is still one of the most popular cards out in the wild, so a ton of gamers should be able to play Mass Effect: Andromeda as intended. To crank the game up to maximum settings, Nvidia recommends at least a GeForce GTX 1070. What Nvidia leaves unclear is what it'll take to run the game at full 4K resolution and 60 FPS. Instead, the post says that "with enough horsepower you'll be able to run Mass Effect: Andromeda at 4K with maximum settings." That's not very helpful, Nvidia.

Being that Mass Effect: Andromeda is running on EA's Frostbite engine, it should be fairly PC-friendly. The list of tweakable settings includes: ambient occlusion, anti-aliasing, chromatic aberration, effects quality, film grain, lighting quality, mesh quality, post-process effect quality, resolution scaling, shader quality, shadow quality, terrain quality, texture filtering quality, texture quality, and vegetation quality. That's a lotta quality right there.

Additionally, if you're outputting to an HDR display and have the graphics card and cabling to support it, Mass Effect Andromeda offers HDR support, the same way it does on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One S. The hardware for that isn't quite as prevalent on the PC side of things, but if you're an early adopter, you're likely in for a treat. Mass Effect: Andromeda releases on March 21, 2017.

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