Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s PC requirements are pretty steep

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By the looks of it, running Assassin’s Creed: Unity on PC is going to take some pretty beefy hardware. Ubisoft has released the minimum PC requirements for the game via its official blog.

They say you will need the following:

64-bit operating system

Supported OSes
Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit versions only)

Minimum: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.0 GHz
Recommended: Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better

Minimum: 6 GB
Recommended: 8GB

Video Card
Minimum: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB VRAM)
Recommended: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X (3 GB VRAM)

Version 11

Sound Card
DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers

Hard Drive Space
50 GB available space

Peripherals Supported
Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse required, optional controller

256 kbps or faster broadband connection

Supported Video Cards at Time of Release
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or better, GeForce GTX 700 series; AMD Radeon HD7970 or better, Radeon R9 200 series
Note: Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT officially supported.

At first glance this may not seem too bad, but just check out the minimum graphics card requirement: A GTX 680 was the top-of-the-line NVIDIA card just two generations back, as was the Radeon HD 7970 for AMD, and it’s been a tough two years economically so many gamers probably haven’t upgraded.

The recommended cards are even crazier: The GTX 780 and R9 290X are both R8 000+ each. So clearly if you want to run the game at its highest settings and a high frame rate, you’re going to need some très bon hardware. I suspect this isn’t going to sit well with a lot of PC gamers.

To the PC gamers among our readers, what graphics cards are you currently running, and is AC5 enough of a drawcard to have you contemplating an upgrade? Or are you still upset about Ubisoft’s terribly buggy and awfully optimised Watch_Dogs PC port?

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Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.