Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is going to be one of the few games – if not the game – launched this year that could send older PCs on a boat ride across the Styx. The game is graphically demanding to the point where Ubisoft has decided to implement a frame rate cap on the shipping PC version that you can optionally disable. Odyssey is launching for PC on 5 October 2018, which means you have just about three weeks to upgrade your rigs if you’re below the recommended requirements. And they are insane.

Minimum requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor: AMD FX 6300, Intel Core i5 2400, AMD Ryzen 3 1200, or better
  • Video: AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB, or better
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Resolution: 720p
  • Targeted framerate: 30 FPS
  • Video Preset: Low
  • Storage: 46GB available hard drive space

Recommended specification

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor: AMD FX-8350, Intel Core i7-3770 , or Ryzen 5 1400, or better
  • Video: AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB, or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB, or better
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Targeted framerate: 30 FPS
  • Video Preset: High
  • Storage: 46GB available hard drive space

Recommended 4K configuration

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X, Intel Core i7-7700, or better
  • Video: AMD Vega 64 8GB, or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB, or better
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Resolution: 4K
  • Targeted framerate: 30 FPS
  • Video Preset: High
  • Storage: 46GB available hard drive space

What’s surprising is how low Ubisoft is setting expectations here. For the minimum spec, it should be noted that the Radeon R9 285 is a mid-range GPU that is fairly in line with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti in terms of performance, and the GTX 1050 Ti is widely regarded as a good option for playing games at 1080p, at nearly 60fps with all details cranked up. If you can only expect playable framerates at 30fps at 720p, this game is set to be as demanding on shipping hardware relative as Crysis in its heyday. It is much more likely that the 30fps target is the expected performance at a minimum, and not the average framerate with that hardware.

Playing at 1080p is going to be fairly expensive in terms of GPU power. The Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 970 are about as powerful as the currently shipping Radeon RX 570 and GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. That is also where the GTX 780 Ti currently sits today compared to modern GPUs. 1080p at 30fps for one of the best cards NVIDIA ever produced from a refreshed architecture? That’s crazy. It’s expected because of its age, perhaps, but it’s surprising nonetheless.

If you’re looking for a better balance of requirements, I would aim for playing the game at 1080p with the medium preset, but with high textures. Ubisoft’s engines don’t handle low texture quality all that well, so you will also need to lower the anti-aliasing levels to MSAA 2x or FXAA 1x, either through the in-game settings or your GPU’s settings panel. 1080p and medium settings should be possible for a mid-range GPU like the GTX 1050 or Radeon RX 560 with 4GB of VRAM.

Are you upgrading your PC just to be able to play Odyssey? Let us know in the comments!

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