The Witcher 3 system requirements announced

The Witcher 3

It's the question every PC gamer has been dreading: can our rigs handle what is likely the year's most anticipated RPG? The answer to that question is now here. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's system requirements have been released.

Here's what you'll need:

Minimum System Requirements

  • Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
  • AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
  • Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660
  • AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
  • RAM 6GB
  • OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
  • DirectX 11
  • HDD Space 40 GB

Recommended System Requirements

  • Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz
  • AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
  • Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770
  • AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
  • RAM 8GB
  • OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
  • DirectX 11
  • HDD Space 40 GB

This is largely what we're coming to expect from new, modern AAA releases. A 64-bit OS is increasingly becoming a mandatory requirement, and GTX 660s are being repositioned as the minimum spec for the most graphically ambitious games.

We've definitely undergone a shift over the last year—system specs ramping up as we leave the last-gen consoles behind. I imagine this will be a good baseline of the next year-or-so of gaming. And if you are looking to upgrade, we've got plenty of advice in the form of our exhaustive hardware guides.


Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.
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