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Your PC will need this much firepower to run Borderlands 3

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A vast alien world. More guns than former president Jacob Zuma can make up a number for. Homicidal influencers running amok and using their fanbase to cause chaos. Sweet vault-hunting lust for life, it’s good to have a return ticket to Pandora and the worlds beyond! Borderlands 3 is tantalisingly close to release, and as per usual in this industry it’ll be rocking out on not one, not two but three primary platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and good ol’ PC.

While the established console base has the easiest of installs to activate, PC players will need to see if their rigs are worthy of Gearbox’s long in development threequel, as the developer has just officially revealed how many horses you’ll need to have under your hood to run the game. Also, all those horses should be named Butt Stallion. ALL OF THEM.

Here’s what you’ll need to get going at the barest minimum:

Minimum PC requirements

  • OS – Windows 7/8/10 (latest service pack)
  • Processor – AMD FX-8350 (Intel i5-3570)
  • Memory – 6GB RAM
  • Graphics card – AMD Radeon HD 7970 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB)
  • HDD – 75 GB

Here’s what you should have to run Borderlands 3 at a smoother level so that you can barge in on a console player’s session to tell them that PC is better and OMG Steam sales I’m just trying to help you guys save cash which you can use on graphics cards because Raymond tracing and stuffs:

Recommended PC requirements

  • OS – Windows 7/8/10 (latest service pack)
  • Processor – AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (Intel i7-4770)
  • Memory – 16GB RAM
  • Graphics card – AMD Radeon RX 590 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB)
  • HDD – 75 GB

And finally, here’s a look at all the delicious gobbledy-gook settings that you can play with once you’re up and running:

General

  • Graphics API: DirectX 11, DirectX 12
  • Display: (varies by setup)
  • Display Mode: Full Screen, Windowed Borderless, Windowed
  • Resolution: (varies by setup)
  • Vertical Sync: Off, On
  • Resolution Scale: 50% – 200% in 25% increments
  • Limit Frame Rate: Smooth 22-62 FPS, Capped 30 FPS, Capped 50 FPS, Capped 60 FPS, Capped 72 FPS, Capped 120 FPS, Unlimited, Custom
  • Custom FPS Limit: default 90, minimum 15, maximum 300
  • Calibrate Display: Brightness and HDR
  • Calibrate Safe Area: Adjust the boundary of the UI
  • Field of View: default 90, minimum 70, maximum 110
  • Vehicle Field of View: default 90, minimum 70, maximum 110
  • HUD Scale: default 1, minimum 0.6, maximum 1.3

Advanced

  • Display Stats: Off, FPS, All (FPS, CPU, GPU)
  • Anti Aliasing: None, FXAA, Temporal
  • FidelityFX Sharpening: Off, On
  • Camera Motion Blur: Off, OnObject Motion Blur: Off, On

General

  • Graphics Quality: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
  • Texture Streaming: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
  • Anisotropic Filtering: 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x
  • Material Quality: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
  • Shadows: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
  • Draw Distance: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
  • Environment Texture Detail: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
  • Environment Detail: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
  • Terrain Detail: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
  • Foliage Detail: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
  • Character Texture Detail: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
  • Character Detail: Low, Medium, High, UltraAmbient Occlusion: Low, Medium, High, UltraVolumetric Fog: Off, Medium, High, Ultra
  • Screen Space Reflections: Off, Medium, High, Ultra

Not too shabby! Borderlands games have usually been able to run on anything, even a potato hooked to a car battery if you’re desperate. I should know, I’ve been jamming the Pre-Sequel on a laptop that’s currently older than Methuselah. It’ll finally be out on September 13.

Last Updated: August 28, 2019

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