Just Cause 3 is almost here, and if you’re considering buying it on PC, you should really take advantage of the low pre-order price on Steam this weekend. With the launch this close, you’re probably sitting there looking at all the Black Friday “deals” today, wondering if your PC is up to snuff to play it. One of the main draws of the franchise is the trail of destruction you leave in your wake, and that’s going to be taxing on the CPU. The sandbox world is also huge, and the game engine supports very long draw distances to give you an idea of the scale of the environment. You’re going to need a decent rig if you’re playing this at 1080p and expect a framerate of at least 60fps, and if you want to make sure your rig is capable of that, follow me after the jump!

It’s important to note that Just Cause 3 is another game that features NVIDIA’s Gameworks API embedded in it, which means that there’s a lot of nifty features that require a Geforce graphics card to resolve properly. For Just Cause 3, that applies to features like HBAO+ and TXAA, which is NVIDIA’s optimised anti-aliasing tech that gives you the visual fidelity of 4x MSAA for the same computational cost of 2x MSAA. There aren’t any details of what other Gameworks effects are included in the game, but we’ll probably see a NVIDIA blog post about them pop up on the Geforce website very soon.

Anyway, here are the official system requirements that Avalanche Studios posted on the Just Cause 3 Steam discussion page.

Minimum Specifications:

  • OS: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Phenom X6 1075T
  • RAM: 6GB
  • HDD: 54GB free drive space
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon HD 7870, or better
  • SOUND: DirectX 10-compatible
  • Internet Connection and Steam account required

Recommended Specifications:

  • OS: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX-8350, or better
  • RAM: 8GB
  • HDD: 54GB free drive space
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290, or better
  • SOUND: DirectX 10-compatible
  • Internet Connection and Steam account required

These specifications don’t seem too high at first, but seeing the game recommend a quad-core processor off the bat suggests that it’s another one of the games in the stable of recent titles that won’t be able to run on dual-core processors. This isn’t surprising, though, as Just Cause 2 had an insanely taxing multiplayer mod that only ran properly with quad-core processors, so perhaps Avalanche is just covering their bases here. From the looks of things on the GPU side, it might be taxing enough to run that it would end up excluding low-end GPUs like the GT 740 or AMD Radeon R7 250, but past games in the series have been playable on low-end systems with the graphics options tweaked heavily.

What’s interesting is that these system requirements are different from the ones you’ll see on the retail box copies for the game. DSOGaming recently reported that leaked pictures of the game’s box artwork reveal that the minimum requirements listed there are a little more sensible. On the CPU side, a Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom X6 1055T is required, while the only change on the GPU side puts the GTX 660 in place of the GTX 670. The game’s install size is also listed as being lower, so I’m wondering if there’s going to be a big day one patch for anyone who buys the physical copy. Avalanche doesn’t have a history of doing that for past releases, so they might be covering their bases here again with different requirements on the Steam store.

Just Cause 3 launches on 1 December 2015 for the PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC platforms.

Source: Steam community, DSOGaming

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