Unlike Crytek's unquestionably demanding Crysis, Ubisoft Montreal's Assassin's Creed was treated to a release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 well before the PC version, suggesting that it's able to run on much skimpier hardware. However, the critically acclaimed assassination-cum-parkour title may turn out to be more resource-hungry on the PC than Crytek's latest opus.
Shacknews has come upon the official PC requirements from Ubisoft's customer service database, and it definitely looks like Assassin's Creed PC will make even high-end systems sweat. The minimum amount of RAM needed is 2GB, and Ubisoft recommends 3GB of RAM with a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo or 2.3GHz Athlon 64 X2 as the processor. (For reference, keep in mind that Crytek's requirements for Crysis list single-core processors with 1GB of RAM as the minimum.) Here are the full Assassin's Creed PC reqs:
Processor: Dual core processor 2.6 GHz Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ or better recommended) RAM: 2 GB (3 GB recommended) Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 10.0?compliant video card or DirectX 9.0?compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (512 MB video card recommended) (see supported list)* Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 or 10.0 compliant sound card (5.1 sound card recommended) DirectX Version: DirectX 10.0 libraries (included on disc) DVD-ROM: DVD-ROM dual-layer drive Hard Drive Space: 12 GB Peripherals Supported: Keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)
In other words, folks who don't already have a fancy gaming rig with the system with specs like those above might find it cheaper to cough up the $350 for an Xbox 360 than to upgrade their PC. Then again, a Radeon HD 3870, Athlon 64 X2 4400+, and 2GB memory kit may add up to about the same amount of dough.