Well, this is a relief
Control launches toward the tail-end of August, so Remedy has given PC players a heads-up as to what kind of specs they’ll need. Actually, that already happened two weeks ago.
When Control‘s PC requirements were first released in July, something seemed off. A GTX 1060 was listed as the minimum GPU to even get the game to function. A GTX 1080 Ti or Radeon Vega VII were the recommended GPUs. An Intel i5-7500 was the minimum CPU and an Intel i5-8600 was recommended. It was enough to get Game Debate to dub it the most demanding PC game yet, as determined by their listed system requirements.
That has changed. Remedy has walked back the previous system requirements, and everything seems a lot more reasonable now. Here’s what you’ll need to run Controlat its baseline specs:
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 / AMD FX 4350
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 / AMD Radeon R9 280X
- RAM: 8GB
- OS: Windows 7, 64-bit
- DirectX: DX11
It ramps up for the optimal experience (especially for anyone who’s chasing raytracing), but it’s still perfectly attainable:
- CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 or 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 580; Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 for raytracing
- RAM: 16GB
- OS: Windows 10, 64-bit
- DirectX: DX11 or DX12
There you have it, a new look at Control‘s specs. Controlwill no longer be the most demanding PC game. That’s not a trophy you really want on your shelf anyway. Sometimes it means you’re genuinely pushing the limits, but more often than not it just speaks to a poor optimization job.