Star Wars Battlefront's PC Specs Want Your Very Best

Star Wars Battlefront's PC Specs Want Your Very Best

Can your system run DICE's latest title? Probably, but you want the shiny version, don't you?

Players are about to jump into the beta for EA and DICE's Star Wars: Battlefront. The title features multiplayer combat scaling from a small co-op mode to a full-fledged 40 player war between the Empire and the Rebellion. If you're playing on PlayStation 4, you're off to the races once you download the game. No muss, no fuss.

On PC though, you need to make sure that your rig is up to snuff. The Star Wars: Battlefront page on EA's Origin storefront went live today, offering up the specs for the upcoming title.

Minimum PC System Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
  • Processor (Intel): Intel i3 6300T or equivalent
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
  • Graphics card (ATI): ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Recommended PC System Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
  • Processor (Intel): Intel i5 6600 or equivalent
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
  • DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

On the minimum side, you're looking a decent rig from around 2011-2012 as your benchmark. The Intel i3 6300T is a 3.3 GHz dual-core chip, meaning most CPUs from the past three years should readily match or surpass it, unless you went bottom of the barrel. The GeForce GTX 660 and ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB both came out in 2012 and are relatively hard to find right now. If you're behind either of those cards, a current R9 Radeon 270X for around $170 or GeForce GTX 960 for $180-200 will push you over the performance hump.

But we're gaming on PC right? That means we want the best image quality adn framerate. The Intel i5 6600 mentioned in the recommended specs is one of Intel's new Skylake processors. If you're holding onto an i7 from around 2012 or later, you're good to go. A top-of-the-line i5 from 2012 or later, you probably be able to squeeze through. For AMD, I'd lean on the FX 8370 if at all possible. You best bet is to pick up something newer though. On the Intel side, I'd grab the Intel Core i5-4670 or 4690, both chips were 2013 releases and will run you around $225.

Graphics-wise, DICE is once again demanding top-of-the-line hardware. The GeForce GTX 970 came out last year and is surpassed only by the 980, the 980 Ti, and the Titan X. Those are $500-1000 video cards and the 970 alone will run you around $325-350. There's nothing older on the Nvidia side that's going to match that performance that doesn't cost more. Checking the benchmarks for the AMD option, the Radeon R9 290, you might be able to get away with a GeForce GTX 770, but that card costs the same and is harder to find.

Speaking of the Radeon R9 290, you're in the same boat here. There's nothing you can pick up that won't cost more than the $270-300 an R9 290 will cost you. If you're holding onto a Radeon HD 7970, you might be able to squeak by, but otherwise, it's time to upgrade.

The Star Wars: Battlefront beta starts this week, meaning PC owners may get a chance to see how the game runs on their rigs. After that, you have until November 17, 2015 to upgrade if you want those sweet, sweet DICE PC graphics alongside your Star Wars music.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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