Ubisoft (EPA: UBI) has recently revealed some steep PC requirements for their new French Revolution stealth adventure.
The full list of PC specs for Assassin’s Creed: Unity set the bar towards enthusiast rigs, demanding gamers have a minimum CPU of an Intel Core i5-2500K or a AMD FX-8350 just to run the game.
The studio recommends an Intel Core i7-3770 CPU for optimum performance along with 8GB of RAM and a Nvidia GeForce GTX780 GPU. Having a 64-bit operating system is also a must.
Ubisoft also says that laptop video cards such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX680 and AMD Radeon HD7970 might work with the game, but as of the time of launch they are not official supported.
As if the higher-end specs weren’t enough, AC: Unity also takes up quite a chunk of hard-drive space, clocking in at a total of 50GB of data.
Below is the full list of PC requirements for Assassin’s Creed Unity:
Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit versions only)
64-bit operating system required
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)
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)
DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers
Hard Drive Space
50 GB available space
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.
As games become more dynamic and graphics-intensive, the trend of steadily-increasing PC game specs has been carrying on throughout the year. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is another hot AAA game that has stringent min/recommended specs, clocking in at a minimum of 6GB RAM and 55GB hard-drive space.
Furthermore an anonymous Ubisoft dev has claimed that Unity is massive in scope, and that this size is wholly responsible for the infamous 900p 30fps frame-locks on PS4 and Xbox One.
Judging by the lofty PC specs, it certainly seems that Assassin’s Creed: Unity is indeed a demanding game.
With these requirements Ubisoft will assuredly be able to maintain smooth playthroughs of their game, but they’ve also locked out a portion of non-enthusiast PC gamers in the process. We’ll likely see this trend of PC specs continue across future titles, so it might be time to update your rig or pick up a PS4 or an Xbox One.