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It seems like no-one really has any clear idea on how to set out system requirements for a game these days, especially now that we’re in the current generation of console hardware. Its almost as if game development on the PC only ever gets to testing low-end systems a few weeks before launch to come up with the right requirements, not just a guess at what hardware would run things just fine.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is one such game that follows this trend, but the developers seem to have done completely the opposite for their requirements – Machine Games have only released some half-clear requirements for high-end computers, leaving others to scratch their heads and figure out what should be the minimum.

According to the game’s store page on Steam, Wolfenstein: The New Order (currently going for $59.99 with some neat Team Fortress 2 tie-ins) will be popping out this May and only on Windows systems. Its not a PC-only title, though, because it’s also launching for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and One and Sony’s Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 consoles, so it’s about as multi-platform as you can get. Machine Games’ rather brief system requirements list follows below.

System Requirements for Wolfenstein: The New Order

  • Operating system: Windows 7/8 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD equivalent [sic]
  • System memory: 4GB
  • Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce GTX460 or AMD Radeon HD6850
  • Storage: 50GB free storage space

The system requirements are a bit… high, for most people. There’s no specification for which Core i7 these guys are aiming for so given the Geforce GTX460 recommendation this is likely a Nehalem-class chip, something like the Core i7-920. 50GB of free space suggests that either the game is massive, or packs in lots of HD cut scenes or may just have mountains and mountains of uncompressed audio, similar to Titanfall, to lighten the load on the CPU.

I personally don’t see such a game needing anything near that amount of hardware horsepower when you’re playing on medium or low settings, but minimum requirements were left out by Wolfenstein‘s developers. Because the game is also appearing on the Xbox 360 and PS3, I’m actually inclined to believe that the minimum requirements are closer to the ones that Game-Debate offers in their database entry on The New Order.

Game-Debate’s Requirements for Wolfenstein: The New Order

  • Operating System: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 or AMD Phenom II X2 545 or greater
  • System memory: 3GB
  • Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce GTS450 or AMD Radeon HD6670 or greater
  • Minimum DirectX support: DirectX 11
  • Storage: 50GB free storage space

That makes the hardware spread a bit more palatable and most gamers will have something that should be able to play Wolfenstein: The New Order, if they’ve upgraded their graphics card to support DirectX 11. If you’re not on that level of hardware or are still punting a 64-bit operating system, it may be time for a change up in order to not be left behind.

Source: Game-Debate, Tom’s Hardware