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The Witcher 3 Will Require A Moderately Beefy PC

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Some releases are designed to kick a gaming PC in the teeth, a stark reminder it's time to upgrade. A new Witcher game is definitely one of those moments. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was recently delayed until May, but in the meantime, the system requirements have been released. It might be time to start looking for change in the couch.


As you keep reading, you might notice a tear running down my face. That's because I'm going to have a long conversation with my wallet sometime later this year, in order to run The Witcher 3.

Here are the minimum and recommended specs, as released by CD Projekt RED today:

Minimum System Requirements

Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz

AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940

Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660

AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870


OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)

DirectX 11

HDD Space 40 GB

Recommended System Requirements

Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz


Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770

AMD GPU Radeon R9 290


OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)

DirectX 11

HDD Space 40 GB

As for me, here's a look at my PC. Please don't laugh too hard. It's pretty good at running everything but high-end games, which I'm typically playing on Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

Intel CPU Core i7 950 3.1GHz


AMD Radeon HD 7800

Oh boy...

By comparison, here's what Assassin's Creed Unity demanded on PC. Remember, though, Assassin's Creed Unity wasn't great on PC, and Ubisoft has a track record of poor optimization. CD Projekt Red, on the other hand, is known for valuing the PC and taking it very seriously.


Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.0 GHz


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB VRAM)

HDD Space 50GB


Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X (3 GB VRAM)

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Funny, I was just yelled at by a few hundred PC elitists just a few weeks ago how it wasn't necessary to upgrade your PC regularly in order not to get left behind. I assume they'll be coming back to yell at me some more all while opening a second tab to order their new video card so that they can play this new game in it's highest configuration.

(Seriously, I get that you can build a PC and never touch it for 4 years and still play new games, my point was that if you wanted to play those new games at max settings, you have to regularly upgrade your equipment, something that isn't required for consoles. It was never a console vs PC debate.) Silly elitists.