What Do You Need to Run Far Cry Primal on PC?

What Do You Need to Run Far Cry Primal on PC?

Ubisoft has released the PC system specifications for the latest Far Cry.

This year, Ubisoft is taking its Far Cry series out of the modern day and exploring something a more pre-historic. Far Cry Primal puts you in the bare feet of Takkar, a lone hunter who survived an ambush on his hunting party. As Takkar, you must craft weapons and tame animals in order to survive in the unknown valley of Oros.

Far Cry Primal is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on February 23, 2016, but the PC release is following right behind on March 1, 2016. Ubisoft has released the minimum and recommended PC specifications for the game when you buy it on Steam or Uplay.

Minimum Specifications:

  • Supported OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-550 | AMD Phenom II X4 955 or equivalent
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (1GB VRAM) | AMD Radeon HD 5770 (1GB VRAM) or equivalent
  • Hard Disk Space: 20 GB

Recommended Specifications:

  • Supported OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K | AMD FX-8350 or equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 | AMD Radeon R9 280X or equivalent
  • Hard Disk Space: 20 GB

Supported video cards at release:

  • AMD Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB VRAM) or better, HD 7000 / 200 / 300 / Fury X series
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (1 GB VRAM) or better, GTX 500 / 600 / 700 / 900 / TITAN series

On the minimum specs side, when compared to Far Cry 4, Far Cry Primal actually has lower requirements, probably pointing towards engine optimizations. Intel Core i3-550 was launched a year after the Intel Core i5-750 required for Far Cry 4, the the latter chip is stronger overall. The AMD Phenom II X4 955 is exactly the same as Far Cry 4's required AMD chip. The video card requirement on the Nvidia side is exactly the same as well. The AMD video card needed for Primal is the AMD Radeon HD 5770, which again is actually a weaker video card than the AMD Radeon HD 5850 Far Cry 4 required. Either way, we're still talking 2009-2010 era PC parts. In short, if you ran Far Cry 4 with no issues, Far Cry Primal will run just fine.

Looking at the recommended specs, you're looking at the Intel Core i7-2600K, which came out in 2011, or AMD's 2012 workhorse chip, the AMD FX-8350. Both products are pretty old at this point. I'm recommending the Intel Core i5-6500 to get you up to date, which will only run you around $200. It's a brand-new chip and it'll be future-proofed for quite a while. AMD doesn't have much new in the desktop enthusiast space beyond the FX-8350, but the company is looking to fix that with its new Zen architecture this year.

The video card recommendations are a bit odd, I must admit. On the Nvidia side, we're jumping a generation forward, from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 to the GeForce GTX 780. With AMD, we're moving in the opposite direction, from the AMD Radeon R9 290X to the weaker R9 280X.

If you're all on the green team, then I'd recommend going with the GeForce GTX 970. The 780 is going to be hard to find if you don't already have one. The GTX 970 is a newer card with similar performance and it'll run you around $340-350. If you're looking for cheaper than that, I'd look toward the AMD cards below.

If you're looking AMD, you have a choice: you can either talk the recommended R9 280X or the more-recent 380. The 280x is the stronger card overall, but the driver support on the 380 is simply better. You'll get AMD 4K VSR (Virtual Super Resolution) support, Freesync support, and improved crossfire support, all with less power drain. The 280x and the 380 will both run you around $200, so it's pretty much your choice.

Hopefully, this will help you get up and running for Far Cry Primal this March! Good hunting!

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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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