The announcement of Quantum Break on PC was fairly shocking for a few reasons. The main on being the fact that the game had been touted as an Xbox One exclusive since it was first unveiled, causing a controversy that resulted in a response from Phil Spencer himself. The second was that the PC system requirements were pretty intense, asking for top of the line hardware to get the game to recommended settings.
This second, much smaller controversy seems to have been resolved today, with Remedy Entertainment adjusting the Quantum Break PC system specs downward quite a bit. It seems that what was listed as Recommended earlier was actually what was necessary to run the game on Ultra settings. There is now a middle tier giving the actual recommended specs, which should allow for solid performance, just not at the highest levels.
The new Recommended PC Specs for Quantum Break are: Windows 10 64-bit, DirectX 12, Intel Core i5 4690, 3.9GHz or AMD equivalent, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 390, 4GB VRAM, and 16GB RAM.
This is in stark contrast to what is now the Ultra specs, which are Windows 10 64-bit, DirectX 12, Intel Core i7 4790, 4GHz or AMD equivalent, NVIDIA GeForce 980 Ti or AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, 6GB VRAM, 16GB RAM, and still 55GB of hard drive space.
And just to get the game running at all you’ll need Windows 10 64-bit, DirectX 12, Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX-6300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x, 2GB VRAM, 8GB RAM, and 55GB of hard drive space.
Even with the adjustments, it looks like Quantum Break PC will require a fairly capable machine. However, it has definitely went from insanely high power (and cost) to become closer to what most enthusiast PC gamers will already have.
Quantum Break hits Xbox One and PC on April 5th.