It's one of those questions every PC owner has to deal with: "Can my PC handle this upcoming game or is it time to upgrade?" That time-honored moment where you look at the recommended specs of your upcoming favorite title and then look at your bank account to see if you can afford a new PC (or GPU).
Bethesda and Tango Gameworks have revealed the recommended system specs for the PC version of The Evil Within. They are as follows:
- 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
- i7 with four plus cores
- 4 GBs RAM
- 50 GB of hard drive space (41 GB after install)
- GeForce GTX 670 or equivalent with 4GBs of VRAM
- High Speed Internet Connection
- Steam account and activation
Yeah, that's a pretty meaty set of requirements there. The GTX 670 is only 2 years old at this point, but most of the versions you'll find will only come with 2 GBs of VRAM. To hit the 4GB requirement, you're probably better off jumping up to the GTX 760, which will run you around $275-$300, though NewEgg has a cheap Zotac for $240. If you're an AMD person, the comparable cards are the Radeon HD 7950, the R9 280, or the all-new R9 285. Unfortunately, most of these models come in 2 or 3 GB versions. The only 4GB card in the same price range would be the weaker R9 270x, and I'd take my chances with the 285. Everything else is above the $300 mark.
The i7 also knocks a number of people out of the running, as many tend to pick up the consumer-friendly Intel i5 instead.
You'll note there's no minimum system requirements. Bethesda doesn't guarantee optimal performance on anything below the specs above, so they've just called it day. Their warning notes that you should plan to have 4 GB of VRAM regardless, which favors Nvidia cards at lower price points.
The requirement of 4 GB of VRAM seems rather excessive and perplexing, because I don't know that many average PC gamers who have GPUs at that level. In contrast, Crysis 3 recommends 1 GB of VRAM, the recently-released Dead Rising 3 recommends 2 GB, and DICE's Battlefield 4 recommends 3 GB. The requirements above make it more worthwhile for most PC gamers to pick up the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions, instead of the PC port. The Steam Hardware Survey says that only 15.86 percent of Steam users have anything 4GB or above. That's a small userbase.
Bethesda and Tango Gameworks have also released the install space requirements for consoles.
- Xbox One — 40 GB HDD Space
- PlayStation 4 — 40 GB HDD Space
- PlayStation 3 — 7 GB HDD Space
- Xbox 360 — 7 GB (mandatory hard drive install required)
That puts The Evil Within around the same size as Destiny and Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Not bad, but I bet PS4 and Xbox One hard drives are beginning to fill up!