Batman: Arkham Knight PC specs revealed

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After the Witcher 3, the next AAA game that’s on most gamers’ lists is very probably Batman: Arkham Knight. The third in the game series (according to Rocksteady’s Sefton Hill, who disavows any knowledge of Arkham Origins), it pits the big, bad Batman against an unknown, mysterious foe. PC gamers likewise, have to battle a foe of their own when playing the game; their PC’s. Many are wondering if their PCs will have what it takes to be the Bat when we return to Arkham in June. Wonder no more. Nvidia’s revealed the sorts of machines you’ll need to fight crime.

According to the GeForce Site, here are the minimum, recommended, and  ULTRA specs.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • Graphics Memory: 2 GB
  • DirectX®: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 45 GB

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • Graphics Memory: 3 GB
  • DirectX®: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 55 GB

ULTRA System Requirements

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
  • Graphics Memory: 3 GB
  • DirectX®: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 55 GB

It’s all fairly reasonable, right up until you get to Ultra, where you’re expected to be as rich as Bruce Wayne to play the game. on the AMD side of life, you’re probably looking at something like an HD7850 or R9 270X for minimum, a Radeon R9 280 or thereabouts for recommended, and eleven R9 290X’s duct-taped together for Ultra. Rocksteady’s games have always always looked and played a little better on Team Green’s hardware, starting up as they do with that “Way it’s meant to be played” splash screen. The Batman games also make exemplary use of Nvidia’s PhysX,  so if you’re upgrading just for this it may be better to go with Nvidia. That said, by the time this game’s out, AMD may have revealed what it plans to do with its R9 300 cards – which may knock the current price to performance champ out of the park.

In somewhat related news, it seems that though this game and The Witcher 3 use DX11, support for DX12 may be patched in. That’s what MSI says, anyway.

“The most exciting part of Windows 10 for gamers is the introduction of DirectX 12. You are likely to start seeing the benefits of the new graphics technology already in The Witcher 3, Batman: Arkham Knight and more games released later this year. Some CPU-bound games like MMO’s are able get a performance bump of up to 50% according to Microsoft.”

Last Updated: April 23, 2015

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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