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The Evil Within system requirements calls for some serious hardware

The Evil Within

Bethesda Softworks has finally revealed the system requirements for the rapidly-approaching The Evil Within, but in an unusual twist, it's not providing any minimum requirements to run the game. Instead, it offers a warning: If your rig doesn't meet the recommended spec, you're on your own.

The "go big or go home" approach to The Evil Within's system requirements is refreshing, in a way, but it's also a bit intimidating. These aren't the most accommodating specs ever put together:

  • 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
  • i7 with four plus cores
  • 4 GBs RAM
  • 50 GB of hard drive space*
  • GeForce GTX 670 or equivalent with 4GBs of VRAM
  • High Speed Internet Connection
  • Steam account and activation

"We do not have a list of minimum requirements for the game," Bethesda wrote on in a blog post. "If you’re trying to play with a rig with settings below these requirements (you should plan to have 4 GBs of VRAM regardless), we cannot guarantee optimal performance."

I take a certain amount of pride in maintaining a relatively old PC, built around a Core 2 Quad and a GTX-570, as a capable gaming system, but this may be beyond my reach. That's the downside of this approach to system requirements: It leaves people like me guessing, and thus a whole lot less likely to spring for the game until someone else—probably a whole lot of someone elses—takes the plunge first. The Evil Within is out on October 14. You can read Andy's bloody hands-on here.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.