The Division (PC)

‘The Division’ Configuration Options For PC Are Pretty Sweet

Ubisoft laid out the options that will be available for the PC version of Tom Clancy’s The Division recently, and they are fairly impressive. The publisher has been criticized for its PC ports in the past, but Ubisoft Massive is providing a wealth of options that is far beyond what is available for either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

Those interested in the minimum and recommended requirements for The Division can scroll down to the bottom of the post. The minimum requirements are surprisingly lightweight for players to get started, even supporting some laptops. However, an Intel Core i7-3770 combined with a GeForce GTX 970 equivalent or better is recommended to get the most out the open-world multiplayer shooter. Those looking to max out the graphics in the game should look at a high-end Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 980TI.

The available graphics options available in The Division are lengthy. PC gamers can look forward to having fine control over how the game looks on their rigs, with the ability to adjust everything from the frame rate limit to shadow to anti-aliasing to reflections. A full list of the 26 different graphic settings can be found at the end of this article, courtesy of Arekkz Gaming.

The Division (PC)
The Division on PC running at 4k resolution. [Image via Ubisoft]
Now, here’s the fun part, and where Ubisoft went above and beyond the call of duty with this port. The PC version of The Division will support play on up to three different monitors with different resolutions on each. Additionally, it allows for complete user interface (UI) customization. Players can move all the UI elements such as health, mini-map, teammate status, etc. anywhere they want on the screen. You can even move the UI elements to the second or third monitor and leave the main monitor clear and clean with only gameplay.

The control setup is completely customizable, as well. The ability to change the key bindings are available for every possible action in The Division. The default configuration was called “sensible and intuitive” by PC Gamer, thanks to Ubisoft’s effort to make the keyboard and mouse navigate differently from a controller. Support for LED keyboards is also included with features such as the key for using a health regen ability flashing when your character is low on health.

If there is one aspect of The Division on PC that is particularly worrisome, it is the Uplay requirement. Ubisoft’s beleaguered online service is largely viewed with a jaundiced eyed by the PC gaming community and a social shooter such as this needs the ability to contact friends easily.

The Division will allow users to invite friends from their Steam friends list to their Uplay friends list. It will also show those a person has played with recently. How well this will work will have to wait for launch to determine.

Meanwhile, players can expect local and party chat available with The Division just as it is on consoles. PC gamers can look forward to text chat as an option as well though.

The Division is set for a March 8 release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Microsoft’s console will receive the closed beta first on January 28, followed by the other two platforms a day later. Beta entry can be gained by signing up on the game’s website for a chance at being selected or guaranteeing entry by pre-ordering the game from major retailers.

Minimum Requirements

  • Supported OS:Windows® 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only).
  • Processor:Intel Core i5-2400 | AMD FX-6100, or better.
  • RAM:6GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 with 2 GB VRAM (current equivalent NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760) | AMD Radeon HD 7770 with 2 GB VRAM, or better.
  • Notebook support:Laptop models of these desktop cards may work as long as they are on-par in terms of performance with at least the minimum configuration.
  • DirectX:Version 11
  • Hard Drive Space:40 GB available space.
  • Optical Drive:DVD-ROM Dual Layer.
  • Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, headset, optional controller.
  • Multiplayer: Broadband connection with 256 kbps upstream, or faster.

Recommended Requirements

  • Supported OS:Windows® 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor:Intel Core i7-3770 | AMD FX-8350, or better.
  • RAM:8GB
  • Video Card:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 | AMD Radeon R9 290, or better.
  • Notebook support:Laptop models of these desktop cards may work as long as they are on-par in terms of performance with at least the minimum configuration.
  • DirectX:Version 11
  • Hard Drive Space:40 GB available space.
  • Optical Drive:DVD-ROM Dual Layer.
  • Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, headset, optional controller.
  • Multiplayer:Broadband connection with 512 kbps upstream, or faster.

Graphic Options:

  • Graphics Quality
  • V-Sync Mode
  • Frame Rate Limit
  • Shadow Quality
  • Shadow Resolution
  • Spot Shadow Count
  • Spot Shadow Resolution
  • Contact Shadow
  • Post FX AA
  • Temporal AA
  • Sharpen Image
  • Particle Detail
  • Enable Win-Affected Snow
  • Volumetric Fog
  • Reflection Quality
  • Local Reflection Quality
  • Sub-Surface Scattering
  • Anisotropic Filtering
  • Parallax Mapping
  • Ambient Occlusion
  • Depth of Field
  • Object Detail
  • Extra Streaming Distance
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Lens Flare
  • Vignette Effect

[Image via Ubisoft]

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