Need for Speed on PC: Here’s what you’ll need under the hood

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The last Need for Speed, released on consoles last year, really wasn’t terrible. It was an attempt by Ghost Games and EA to go back to the series roots a little and it was mostly successful. A few issues (and a few really, really annoying characters) let the game down a little, but they’ve since largely been fixed, and much of the annoying stuff’s been excised too. If you’ve not played it, it’ll certainly be worth taking for a spin – especially on PC.

The PC version is coming mid-way through March, bringing with it a host of improvements only a platform like the PC can provide:  4K visuals, Manual Transmission, Wheel Support and an unlocked framerate. The question, of course, is what sort of hardware you’ll need to run the game. Ghost Games has answered.

Here’s the sort of machine you’ll need.

Minimum Requirements for 720p30 at low settings:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4130 or equivalent with 4 hardware threads
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB, AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB, or equivalent DX11 compatible GPU with 2GB of memory
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB free space

Recommended Requirements for 1080p60 at high settings:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4690 or equivalent with 4 hardware threads
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB, AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB, or equivalent DX11 compatible GPU with 4GB of memory
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB free space

They don’t say what sort of hardware you’ll need to be packing to hit those sweet, sweet 4K visuals. On top of that, they’re released a list of the wheels that the game will support.

Supported Wheels

  • Logitech G27
  • Logitech G29
  • Logitech G920
  • Thrustmaster TX
  • Thrustmaster T150
  • Thrustmaster T300
  • Thrustmaster T500
  • Fanatec CSR

In our review, Darryn said:

“Not the best of reboots, but certainly not the worst, the latest Need For Speed plays it safe with a reborn franchise that is focused on finding the lust for momentum that it had lost in previous instalments. A solid start, even if it doesn’t finish ahead of the pack.”

From all of the patching though, his stance has softened a bit, and the game is decidedly more fun to play. It’s coming to Pc on March 17.

Last Updated: February 19, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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