That minimum/recommended rubbish? It's gone. Finally. Although probably not for good.
By Alex Walker on May 2, 2014 at 7:18 am
Why are game caches getting ridiculously big these days? I know there was that cock-up with Titanfall that saw gamers accidentally download about fifty million languages of uncompressed audio but that’s supposed to be an aberration, a cruel April’s Fools joke in May. Or March. You get the idea. But everything else? C’mon developers. My SSD is only so large.
Anyway, since you might not have any idea what I’m whining about, the system requirements for Wolfenstein: The New Order were released on Bethseda’s official blog this morning. The meat and potatoes is obviously the CPU and GPU requirements and they’re not too shabby since it’s 64-bit only. Finally. It’s about time Windows XP and its silly RAM limitations buggered off. This is 2014, after all.
The full list, then:
- 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
- Intel Core i7 or equivalent AMD
- 4 GB System RAM
- 50 GB free HDD space
- GeForce 460, ATI Radeon HD 6850
- High Speed Internet Connection
- Steam account and activation required
The “high speed internet connection” is a bit of an odd-one: what precisely do they mean by “high speed”? Do you need the NBN? Will good old ADSL2+ work? Or do you to need fork out your left eyeball and accept the proverbial from Telstra or Optus for cable? It’s not quite clear.
Either way, the rest is pretty straightforward. Note that the Bethesda site just says system requirements, not recommended requirements or minimum requirements, just system requirements. Perhaps system requirements means the minimum you’ll need to have a decent experience, which is how I’ve always read it anyway – as in, ignore the minimums and make sure you work hard enough to afford more than the recommended tosh.
A measly 4GB of RAM seems a bit, well, low. But perhaps that’s just telling us that WolfensteinTheNewOrder.exe will only call about 3GB of RAM. Or something. As long as I get to shoot an extra 1GB of Nazis that I couldn’t do in Windows XP, I’m happy.