The Division - Minimum and Recommended PC Requirements

The Division - Minimum and Recommended PC Requirements

Tom Clancy's The Division is coming for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but you know PC is the place to play it.

We're a few hours out from the March 8 release of the Tom Clancy's The Division and if Jaz's preview is anything to go by, the game might be better than I expected. The question is, are you willing to live with the 30fps and 1080p or worse resolution of the console versions? I charge you to do better, my friends. And better means playing The Division on PC.

Ubisoft has released the minimum and recommended PC specs for the The Division, but you can find those full specs below. If you decide to take the plunge and buy it, we suggest you visit USgamer's The Division Walkthrough and Guide for all your mid-crisis Manhattan needs.

Minimum Specifications

  • Supported OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only).
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 | AMD FX-6100, or better.
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 with 2 GB VRAM (current equivalent NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760) | AMD Radeon HD 7770 with 2 GB VRAM, or better – See supported List*.
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive Space: 40 GB available space.
  • Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, headset, optional controller.
  • Multiplayer: Broadband connection with 256 kbps upstream, or faster.

Recommended Specifications

  • Supported OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 | AMD FX-8350, or better.
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 | AMD Radeon R9 290, or better – See supported List*
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive Space: 40 GB available space.
  • Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, headset, optional controller.
  • Multiplayer: Broadband connection with 512 kbps upstream, or faster.

Supported Video Cards at Release:

  • GeForce GTX500 series: GeForce GTX560 (2 GB VRAM) or better • GeForce GTX600 series: GeForce GTX660 or better • GeForce GTX700 series: GeForce GTX760 or better • GeForce GTX900 Titan series: GeForce GTX960 or better
  • Radeon HD7000 series: Radeon HD7770 (2 GB VRAM) or better • Radeon 200 series: Radeon R7 270 or better • Radeon 300/Fury X series: Radeon R7 370 or better.

On the minimum side of things, we're talking rather low-end parts, pointing to a pretty scaleable game. These are mid-range parts from 2011. If you brought your PC in the last four years, you should be able to run The Division.

For the recommended PC specs, we're looking at the Intel Core i7-3770, which is rather old, but still a strong performer, or the AMD FX-8350, which is the best desktop chip AMD has put out in a while. You probably won't be able to find many Intel Core i7-3770's out there anymore, so your best bet is to pick up one of Intel's new Skylake processors. If you have the money, grab the current Intel Core i7-6700 for around $330 or you can buy the cheaper Intel Core i5-6600K for $260 and maybe do a bit of overclocking. The AMD FX-8350 is the best you have on the AMD side and it'll be much cheaper for you at $180. This year looks to be the year that AMD gets its head back in the game on quality desktop CPUs.

Graphics-wise, we're seeing the same standard video cards that we've seen in a ton of other titles in the past few months. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 is the bog standard mid-range card these days. You can pick up one for around $330, though that price may vary by card and store. The AMD recommended specs tend to have more variance across new games; sometimes it's the R9 290, sometimes it's the 280X. In this case, it's the former. Price-wise though, you're better off picking up the current Radeon R9 390 instead of the older graphics card. Since it has better availability, the prices are a bit cheaper. You can pick one up for $330, just like the Nvidia option.

It's worth noting that Ubisoft Massive has seemingly put a great deal of work into the PC version. According to PCGamer, the game apparently has a very flexible user interface and multi-monitor support up to three screens.

"If you have multiple monitors, you can decide to have all of [the UI elements] on one monitor," Division creative director Magnus Jansen told PCGamer. "Especially if you're running a triple-monitor setup it's nice. Even if you don't-if you have a separate monitor where you put up all your stuff, and then [the primary monitor] is completely clean. Being able to change that and change the size is not something you see, and it's very, very cool. It's one of the things we're extra proud of for the PC version."

All in all, The Division isn't too far from what we're seen in other modern titles. Upgrading to meet the recommended spec for this game should keep you flush in AAA PC gaming for the next few years at least. Spend the money and you get to enjoy higher resolutions and better framerates in your gaming. That's the PC life, my friends.

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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