Mass Effect Andromeda’s “recommended” PC specs target 1080p/30fps

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We’ve known for a while that Mass Effect Andromeda on PC will require some pretty beefy recommended specs when the game is out later this month. Bioware’s returning space opera has (like so many EA games) shifted to using Battlefield’s Frostbite Engine, which should mean that Andromeda will look rather nice. As a reminder, here’s the sort of PC you’ll need to be packing to run the game at recommended settings:

Minimum

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
  • MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB, AMD Radeon 7850 2GB
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 55 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11

Recommended

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX-8350
  • MEMORY: 16 GB RAM
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB, AMD RX 480 4GB
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 55 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11

Those minimum specs? Very reasonable. The recommended ones? Not terrible, but the memory and processor requirements are pretty damned high. What’s worse? According to EA, the recommended settings are to play the game at 1080p on high, at 30 fps – which is roughly equivalent to what console versions (particularly the Ps4 Pro in 108-p mode) should be running at.

While 30fps is more than playable, I’m sure many PC gamers are hoping to run the game at 60fps – which makes one wonder what sort of specs will be required for that. Naturally, the game does support resolutions beyond 1080p, including 4K support for those of you sporting twin 1080’s, and checkerboard 4K for PS4 Pro owners.

What’s odd is that the Frostbite Engine has proven to be well optimised for PC, and games like Battlefield 1 are able to run at 1080p/60fps on machines lesser machines. Is it possible that Andromeda is stretching Frostbite, or could it perhaps be terribly unoptimised? I suppose we’ll find out later this month.

Mass Affect Andromeda is out on March 21, 2017 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Subscribers to EA/Origin Access get 10 hours of access, a week before launch.

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