January 21st, 2023 at 10:45 am by Raffael Vötter – The editors of PC Games Hardware comment on current events or developments in the world of PC hardware, IT industry, games, technology or entertainment. Read the truly personal opinions of the PCGH editors today on “Next-gen games with high system requirements…”
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Next-gen games with high system requirements…
PCGH-News 20.01: System requirements that are too high cause unrest and strategy classics are cheaper than ever
Background: System requirements are increasing
Calendar week 3 can be seen as a harbinger. With numerous games postponed in 2022, the still young year promises to be a truly full, potentially epic gaming year. Now the first big titles are casting their shadows, and in the coming weeks things will be hot with Forspoken, Hogwarts Legacy, Returnal and the Dead Space Remake. Some of the official system requirements or the recommended PC specifications are particularly controversial. Are the requirements for games “getting out of hand”? Specifically, it is about the topic of working memory. Until now, PC games have usually required 8 to 16 gigabytes of RAM. With Forspoken or Returnal there are now two titles that would like to have 32 GiB RAM. To be precise: With Forspoken you need the 32 GiB according to the developer for the ultra detail level, with Returnal the 32 GiB are directly recommended; the minimum is 16 GiB in each case. For Hogwarts Legacy, 16 GiB is recommended for 1080p and 60 fps, 32 GiB is needed for 1440p or 2160p at 60 fps according to the developer. Apart from the fact that this information does not always make sense, the typical PCGH reader should smile wearily here. According to the December survey, 73.6 percent of the participants have 32 GiB, 8.4 percent even 64 GiB, only 15.6 percent are still at 16 GiB. This basically corresponds to what PCGH also recommends. 16 GiB RAM is only advisable for entry-level PCs if you want to save. The importance of 32 GiB of RAM is becoming more and more important, especially if you want to play as stutter-free as possible. More memory ensures smoother image output. You can read what the PCGH team has to say about this bluntly in the picture gallery. And what do you think about this, dear readers?