Summer is a slow time for games, so we can’t help but keep an eagle-eye watch on everything that’s coming out. One of the most exciting games that will hit PCs this summer is Remedy’s Control. And when it hits it’s going to land like a ton of bricks, according to the recommended requirements listed on the Control’s Epic Games Store page.
The Twin Peaks and “new weird” fiction-inspired action game from the creators of Alan Wake is going to ask a lot of our gaming PCs. The minimum requirements just to boot up the game aren’t too bad:
Minimum PC requirements:
OS: Windows 7, 64-bit
CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 / AMD Ryzen 3 1300X or better
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 / AMD RX 580 or better
Ray tracing GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
DirectX: DX 11
Those specs are hardly top of the line these days, but they’re still enough to power a solid rig all the same. But it’s the recommended requirements where things get tough enough to spook even gamers with big wallets.
Recommended PC requirements:
OS: Windows 10, 64-bit
CPU: Intel Core i5-8600K / AMD Ryzen 7 2700X or better
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti / AMD Radeon 7 or better
Ray tracing GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
DirectX: DX11 / DX12
If you want to play Control with ray tracing enabled, you’re going to need an RTX 2060 at the bare minimum, but to play it the way Remedy has designed it, you’ll need an RTX 2080. Let’s compare that to Metro Exodus, which is one of the more demanding games out there. For Metro Exodus, you’re looking at a Core i7-4770K on the CPU, 8GB RAM, and a choice between a GTX 1070 or RTX 2060 card to hit the recommended specs. The minimum requirements are even lower, asking for a GTX 1050.
This is nothing new; Remedy games tend to be tough on computers. Alan Wake still pushed computers years after it was out, and Quantum Break was a heavy one, too, thanks to all its weird time-travel geometry. Remedy has been a part of Nvidia’s RTX promotional plan since the beginning, so it’s unsurprising that Control will act as somewhat of a showpiece for cards. If you’re in the market for a new RTX card, Control is one of the two games that will bundled with the purchase of any new RTX cards right now (the other is Wolfenstein: Youngblood).
Control has one other requirement: an Epic Games Store account. Remedy is no stranger to exclusives, having put its last two games exclusively on Microsoft’s consoles before eventually bringing them to Windows. Like those, this is a timed exclusive. The game will eventually appear on other digital marketplaces. If you’re looking to pre-order, though, that Epic Games Store account is indeed a system requirement. Control also sports 21:9 widescreen support, an upcapped framerate, and support for both G-Sync and Freesync technologies.
Can your PC take control of Control? Or do you need a couple upgrades like most of us? Control hits PC via the Epic Games Store (as well as Xbox One and PlayStation) on August 27, 2019.