The Witness system requirements and a new "long screenshot" are out

The Witness

The Witness, the gorgeous puzzle game being developed by Braid creator Johnathan Blow, is a game I'm really looking forward to. I'm not especially enamored with, or even good at, puzzlers, but I dig games that give me interesting environments to explore and reward me for picking up on things that aren't immediately evident. Also a plus, from a personal point of view, is that I don't know much about it, which is a pleasant rarity in this line of work. One thing I do know, though, is that I'll be able to run it. And how did I come by this knowledge, you wonder?

Through the magic of system requirements!

The John Book build:

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 1.8GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 series
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 4 GB available space

The Immortan Joe build:

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.4GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 780
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 4 GB available space

The hardware breakdowns aren't as detailed as most, but the important thing is that if you're reading this, then the odds are good that you'll be able to run the game. Even the recommended spec is on the lower end of midrange, although obviously your definition of "midrange" may not match up precisely with mine.

The Steam page doesn't have much more to say about it, so you can dig a little deeper into the game through our hands-on preview from April. The Witness is set to come out sometime in January.

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.