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Wolfenstein: The New Order likes nice hardware

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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

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    That 50GB is a bit steep =/

    All in all I hope it is an awesome game!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-Fick/184346154999538 Wesley Fick

      At least no-one is using the retarded ‘MEGATEXTURES” argument this time! ;-)

      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        All I want to know is why they had to release Mario Kart 8, Watchdogs AND Wolfenstein in the same damn month… My budget does not allow for this! xD

        I am pretty amped to test my new card on Watchdogs and Wolfenstein though…

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-Fick/184346154999538 Wesley Fick

          Why? You know why! xD

          “Money (That’s What I Want)” – The Beatles

          The best things in life are free
          But you can keep them for the birds and bees
          Now give me money
          That’s what I want
          That’s what I want, yeah
          That’s what I want

          You’re lovin’ gives me a thrill
          But you’re lovin’ don’t pay my bills
          Now give me money
          That’s what I want
          That’s what I want, yeah
          That’s what I want

          Well now give me money
          A lot of money
          Wow, yeah, I wanna be free
          Oh I want money
          That’s what I want
          That’s what I want, well
          Now give me money
          A lot of money
          Wow, yeah, you need money
          Now, give me money
          That’s what I want, yeah
          That’s what I want

  • Graham Ziervogel

    Wolfenstein better be a good game :<

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-Fick/184346154999538 Wesley Fick

      The Godfather of multiplayer shooters needs to return to the throne.

      • http://dinosaur-signal.tumblr.com/ Miktar Dracon

        That would be Doom. Wolf3D had no multiplayer.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-Fick/184346154999538 Wesley Fick

          I could have sworn it did, but you’re right. Return to Castle Wolfenstein at least had one, which I did briefly play.

          • Graham Ziervogel

            As far as I know, The New Order won’t have multiplayer either sadly (could be wrong but I remember reading that somewhere). Hopefully Doom 4 – which is actually being developed by id and not another party just using their IP – will “return to the throne” like you said haha. As for RtCW and Enemy Territory which followed it, both were great fun online :)

      • http://www.mygaming.co.za Chris Kemp

        This is probably a bad time to point out the game doesn’t have multiplayer :(

        • Miklós Szecsei

          There’s no multiplayer? My interest in this game just went up tenfold. :D

  • Delano

    It’s way too soon for my i3 to be obsolete *cries*

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