Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes’ PC requirements boosted

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If you’ve been waiting patiently for a Metal Gear Solid title to grace your PC again, then you’re just a few short hours away. Ground Zeroes, the prequel to next year’s fully fledged Phantom Pain sequel, is out on Steam tomorrow. That’s the good news though. The bad news is that the requirements for the game just got a little beefier.

Steam has had the PC requirements for Ground Zeroes up for a while now, and they’ve raised a few eyebrows. They’re suspiciously high, especially when it comes to the processing department. Still, the minimum and recommended requirements still rested in Core i5 territory – until yesterday at least.

Here’s what Ground Zeroes used to require on PC:

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista 64-Bit or later
  • Processor: Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM or above
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 or above
  • DirectX: Version 11 or above
  • HDD: N/A

Recommended Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista 64-Bit or later
  • Processor: Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM or above
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 760 or above
  • DirectX: Version 11 or above
  • HDD: N/A

And now here’s what it actually needs for tomorrow:

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista SP2 x64, Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64 (64-bit OS Required)
  • Processor: Core i5-4460 (3.40GHz) or better *Quad-Core or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM or above
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 (4GB) or better (DirectX 11 graphics card required)
  • DirectX: Version 11 or above
  • HDD: 4GB

Recommended Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista SP2 x64, Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64 (64-bit OS Required)
  • Processor: Core i7-4790 (4.00GHz) or better *Quad-Core or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM or above
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 760 or above (DirectX 11 graphics card required)
  • DirectX: Version 11 or above
  • HDD: 4GB

Notice the inexplicable jump towards a Haswell Core i7 for the recommended specifications. That doesn’t make much sense, since it’s been proven time and time again that a Core i5 is more than enough for modern games, with most not actually benefitting from some of the i7’s fancier features. The minimum specifications are also a little more clear now, with the Core i5-4460 being specifically mentioned as the lowest processor you can hope to go.

I’m not entirely sure if Konami is preparing PC gamers for the requirements of the Phantom Pain with this change, since I don’t see Ground Zeroes actually needing this much power under the hood. Still, it’s Snake back on the desktop, and that’s probably got a lot of you jumping for joy.

Last Updated: December 17, 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.

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