‘The Witcher 3’ Recommended PC Specs Signal It May Be Time For An Upgrade

CD Projekt Red revealed the official system requirements for the PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Wednesday. Is your gaming PC up to the challenge or is it time to start looking at upgrading parts or all of your system?

The developer revealed the specs via its Twitter account. It’s the latest game to show a clear shift in minimum PC requirements as the game industry moves away from supporting the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and toward the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s part and parcel of supporting multiple platforms.

If you haven’t moved up from a 32-bit operating system to 64-bit, that’s quickly becoming mandatory for modern games like The Witcher 3. We’re also seeing upgrades to graphics card and CPU requirements for AAA releases. The Nvidia GTX 660 and Radeon HD7870 are the minimum graphics cards along with an Intel i5-2500K or AMD FX-8350 CPU. Yes, these cards and CPUs are a couple of years old, but PC gamers have been getting away with less for a while.

The recommended PC specs are even steeper and will require a serious investment in gaming PC hardware to enjoy The Witcher 3 at higher resolutions.

Unfortunately, CD Projekt Red has not yet provided an indication of what resolution, frame rate speed, and graphical detail that the minimum and recommended specs represent. The minimum specs for The Witcher 3 appear to be on par with the PS4 and Xbox One consoles at first glance. What an “Ultra” setting might require is currently unknown.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently scheduled for a May 19 release following a recent delay. The change in release date was solely to focus on bug fixing and polish for the game so that the game would not be added to the rolls of recent glitch-filled game launches.

My personal gaming rig falls just shy of The Witcher 3‘s recommended requirements with an Intel i5 CPU and an AMD R9 280x. How about you? Sound off in the comments below.

[Image via The Witcher 3]