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After The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s recommended specifications sheet was outed last week, there’s another reason for elderly computers to cry out in agony.
The game, originally pushed back from its original 21 October launch date, will be launched officially on 10 February. But if you’re running anything less than the specifications below, you may want to revisit that gaming rig dream list:
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400
- RAM: 4GB
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX560 1GB or ATI Radeon HD5770 1GB
It doesn’t sound too terrible, does it? But the recommended specifications are a bit more daunting:
- CPU: Intel Core i7-920 or AMD A8-3870K
- RAM: 6GB
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX670 2GB/GTX760 2GB or ATI Radeon R9 280 2GB
At least prospective players will be able to test their rigs when the beta goes live this Friday, but this will be limited to those who were involved in the big alpha or those who own Left 4 Dead or Bioshock: Infinite on Steam.
While these PC specifications don’t seem too harsh, it is interesting to note that the days of the dual core CPU, at least when gaming is concerned, is slowly coming to an end. Notably, the Core 2 Duo E6600 still features highly here, but we’re talking minimum requirements.
Additionally, 2008’s Core i7-920 Bloomfield could probably be eaten alive by the new Haswell-refresh chips. So if you’ve just bought or built a gaming rig within the last six months, you should be fine. If you’re looking to game in 4K, its an option but at the moment Nvidia SLI or ATI Crossfire is not supported.
Do you think dual-core processors’ days are numbered in the world of the PC gaming rig? Is 2015 the last year that we’ll see them feature prominently? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
- Game: Evolve
- Genre: FPS
- Developer: Turtle Rock Studios
- Engine: CryEngine 3
- Release Date: 10 February 2015
- Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC