Returnal comes to PC in February, drops 32GB 'recommended' RAM requirement

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Sony confirmed in December 2022 that the previously-PS5 exclusive Returnal (opens in new tab) would be released for PC in early 2023, and it wasn't kidding: Today it announced that the sci-fi roguelike will finally come our way on February 15.

The Returnal launch date comes alongside more information about a range of PC-specific features (opens in new tab) that have been added to the game, including support for Nvidia DLSS and AMD FSR, and Nvidia Image Scaling. Returnal on PC will also support ray traced reflections (the original PS5 version that released in 2021 only supports ray traced shadows), and 21:9 (ultrawide) and 32:9 (super ultrawide) display resolutions. Controllers are recommended but keyboard and mouse are fully supported, "with a wide range of customisation options to tailor the controls to whatever suits you."

The most interesting part of the announcement—aside from the launch date—has to be the updated system requirements. We got our first look at the PC requirements in December 2022 courtesy of Steam, and they were an eye-popper: The recommended spec called for, among other things, 32GB RAM (opens in new tab). That's out of reach of an awful lot of PC gamers: The semi-scientific Steam hardware and software survey (opens in new tab) indicates that three-quarters of systems surveyed are running with either 8GB or 16GB installed.

Today's announcement serves up a more detailed breakdown of hardware requirements, and dials back the recommended RAM to just 16GB. The recommended specification on Steam also now calls for 16GB instead of 32GB. As is the way of things these days, however, the "recommended" spec is just middle of the pack, so make of it what you will.

Here's the full and final breakdown of what you'll need to play:

Minimum (720p, 60fpx, low graphics settings)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB) or AMD Radeon RX 580 (8 GB)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6400 (4 core 2.7GHz) or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (4 core 3.5GHz)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 60GB HDD

Medium (1080p, 60fps, medium graphics settings)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB) or AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (6 GB)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 (6 core 2.8GHz) or AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (6 core 3.4GHZ) 3.5GHz)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 60GB SSD
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super (8 GB) or AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (12 GB)
  • CPU: Intel i7-8700 (6 core 3.7 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (8 core 3.7 GHz)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 60GB SSD

Epic (4K, 60fps, epic graphics settings)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX 3080 (10 GB) or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT (16 GB)
  • CPU: Intel i7-9700K (8 core 3.7 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (8 core 3.6 GHz)
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4
  • Storage: 60GB SSD

Ray Tracing (4K, 60 fps, epic graphics settings)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti (12 GB) or AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT (16 GB)
  • CPU: Intel i9-11900K (8 core 3.5 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 9 5900X (12 core 3.7 GHz)
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4
  • Storage: 60GB SSD

And now, enjoy some screens.

(Image credit: Housemarque)

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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.