The Evil Within’s minimum specs are still devilishly high

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Just a week ago Bethesda revealed the required PC specs you’d need to get The Evil Within running in all its gory glory. They were pretty damned demanding, to say the least. What if you just wanted your annual dose of horror with a little less detail and a more stable frame rate? Well, then your PC will need to be at least this high to ride.

Bethesda have updated their post, listing the absolute minimum requirements for their Resident Evil inspired title. Going from a recommendation of 4GB of VRAM down to a requirement of only 1GB is a massive jump, but overall it’s still pretty taxing. Take a look at the guts required by your rig to get The Evil Within running:

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1
  • GPU: GTX 460 or an equivalent 1 GB VRAM card
  • CPU: i7 or an equivalent 4+ core processor
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • HDD: 50 GB

It’s important to note that the blog post explicitly says these requirements are for Low settings, sub-1080p gameplay. If you want to play at HD, your going to need to push things up a bit, which make these already fairly demanding specifications even scarier. I think we’re getting close to a time where 2GB of VRAM just doesn’t cut it anymore, which means a lot of people might need to upgrade over the next year.

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Modern games are chewing up VRAM like it’s going out of style, and The Evil Within already recommends 4GB for the optimal horror experience. That’s already pushing Nvidia’s new Maxwell cards to the limit, so I’m not entirely sure what we’re meant to upgrade to while still being able to afford food.

Last Updated: October 3, 2014

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Umar

    Interesting though as this game is out for 7th gen consoles too, and I’m pretty sure 7th gen consoles are below those min requirements? Or am I wrong

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      Don’t think they’re below, but console architecture works very differently because of their unified memory structure. That’s why PC requirements, especially the VRAM, are way higher than what is needed on console to push out the same. It’s not all unified on PC.

      • Viking Of Divinity

        7th Gen (PS3 and X360) are Way below that Sandy…. remember, we’re dealing with machines that are close to a decade old.

        • Hammersteyn

          Still, the PS3 with 512MB Ram managed to run TLOU just fine.

        • Alessandro Barbosa

          Ah sorry, I misread and thought of current-gen. 7th Gen consoles are definitely below, but again they’re running at sub-1080p resolutions and still benefit from console architecture.

      • Umar

        AH! Like Apple and Android the homogeneous nature of iPhone makes it much easier to create games on that platform because its standard across the board whereas Android phones fall under a broad spectrum of hardware.

        • Alessandro Barbosa

          Basically that. Knowing exactly what hardware you’re developing for versus developing for an array of different combinations 🙂

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Um… Never mind the graphics card – an i7 for low detail, sub-1080p? GTFO.

    • Hammersteyn

      Filthy console port?

      • CypherGate

        might not be a console port, but yeah blame on the console port.

      • Arent you a console only type of guy?

        • Hammersteyn

          I’m a Albany guy, doing both worlds

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            lol – but isn’t albany chocolate dark chocolate? :/

          • Hammersteyn

            The bread! lol

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Aren’t they all ;P

        • Hammersteyn

          hehehe

    • i was thinking the same thing

    • Rags

      Which i7 though 😛 Could be first generation.

    • Viking Of Divinity

      First Gen i7, probably…

  • Rags

    Its still tech 5, can’t be that demanding surely? It looks on par with the new wolf? I’d say the 560+ will run this game just fine.

  • CypherGate

    Its all nice and dandy having games push high specs like that but I dont really see such a massive leap in fidelity nowadays. Almost as if games reached a certain limit of fidelity right now. Perfect example is the Shadow of Mordor. I checked out the HD textures comparison and really dont see much of a difference between that and high settings. Makes no sense to even get the HD textures.

    • Hammersteyn

      Graphics can only improve so much I suppose

      • CypherGate

        Yeah true, but I think the only thing that will really show differences in fidelity nowadays is lighting and art style.

    • Rags

      There is a HUGE stepup with PBR and new rendering techniques. But Shadow of Mordor is not really a ‘next gen’ game. Something like Ryse on the other hand is next level shit. The UE4 tech demos blows any current game out of the water and that’s where we are headed.

      • CypherGate

        Yup I know Ryse looks fantastic and the UE4 tech demos are crazy and its definitely a difference there, but the sad reality is that game companies get some form of budget to work with and most of them wont make full use of these graphic engines. Maybe in the next year or two when things are a lot cheaper.

  • Kikmi

    i7 Minimum? Well shit.

    • Spaffy

      Jip, that rules out a lot of people.
      Me included.

  • Rock789

    Damn! And they wonder why most PC gamers wait for sales before buying games – it’s because all the money was spent on the rig to be able to play those games!

    • Hammersteyn

      lol

      • Jonah Cash

        Oi how was the Vault of Glass raid last night? Did you guys get to the end?

        • Hammersteyn

          We got to the final boss level, was hard as hell but lotsa laughs. Luckily Guild and Nikolai was there to hold out hands most of the way. Got 5 ascendant energies and a legendary sinper rifle so far.

          • Jonah Cash

            Awesome!! I am so jealous!!! Bastards!!!

          • Hammersteyn

            hehehe, I’m sure we will do tons more raids together

    • GamerGirl

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Tell me about it. It’s like we suddenly need R6k 4GB GPUs to play Pong.

    • HAHAHAH! Oh you 😉

  • Admiral Chief 0

    So, no Win8? Only 8.1?

    😛

  • Uberutang

    OS: windows 7/8.1
    GPU: GTX 460 or an equivalent 1 GB VRAM card
    CPU:quad core
    RAM: 4 GB
    HDD: 50 GB
    None of that is really high…

    • yea if you the one with thick wallet and so much bucks at the bank. but i agree with you. even now we could get 128Gb RAM for our pc. and 16Gb VGA Card..

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