Control system requirements updated, are now a lot less demanding

(Image credit: Remedy)

The system requirements for Control went up on the Epic Games Store a couple weeks ago, and while the minimum requirement was reasonably mid-range, the recommended spec was up there—especially if you wanted ray-tracing. Today Remedy updated the requirements with "official" minimum and recommended hardware, and the new specs are considerably less demanding.


  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 / AMD FX 4350
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 / AMD Radeon R9 280X
  • RAM: 8GB
  • OS: Windows 7, 64bit
  • DirectX: DX11


  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660/1060 / AMD Radeon RX 580
  • Ray-tracing GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
  • RAM: 16GB
  • OS: Windows 10, 64-bit
  • DirectX: DX12

It's not clear why the requirements changed, but I'd guess that the specs originally posted to the EGS were preliminary and on the high side for the sake of caution. Whatever the reason, reduced requirements is good news for everyone.

Control comes out on August 27. If you're curious and haven't seen it yet, you can check out the first 13 minutes of gameplay here.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.