Along with the news that Shinji Mikami’s new game, The Evil Within, has gone gold, Bethesda Softworks who are publishing the game have let the recommended settings out into the world.

The specs that have been put out are meant to indicate how Tango Gameworks believes you should experience The Evil Within. It should be noted that there haven’t been any minimum specs put out, only recommended.

Recommended PC system specifications:

64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
i7 with four-plus cores
50 GB of hard drive space (50 GB needed for install, but game will actually only take up around 41 GB of hard drive space, Bethesda says)
GeForce GTX 670 or equivalent with 4 GB of VRAM
High-speed internet connection
Steam account

Now, again, these are the recommended specifications to achieve the experience that developer Tango Gameworks and publisher Bethesda Softworks believe are necessary to getting the most out of The Evil Within. One of the strangest pieces of this information is the call for four gigabytes of virtual random access memory.

“If you’re trying to play with a rig with settings below these requirements (you should plan to have 4 GBs of VRAM regardless), we cannot guarantee optimal performance,” wrote Bethesda on their blog.

The space requirement for installing to home console versions of The Evil Within were also released:

Xbox One – 40 GB
PlayStation 4 – 40 GB
PlayStation 3 – 7 GB
Xbox 360 – 7GB (this is also a mandatory install to the hard drive or any USB flash drive 2.0 or higher.)

Personally, I think someone on the marketing team has some numbers confused. The NVidia 780 Ti, one of the fastest consumer graphics cards on the market today has less VRAM than what’s being recommended. Does this mean owners of high end machines won’t be able to run The Evil Within properly? What does that say for consoles, although receiving an optimized and scaled experience?

The Evil Within is expected to be released on October 14 on both PC and home consoles. it would have been nice that with ridiculous recommended settings like those released, for a demo to be put out. Despite this, I am no less excited at the chance to have my pants scared off.

How it will feel to find out your $800 graphics card might not be good enough.

How it will feel to find out your $800 graphics card might not be good enough.


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