Thief PC Requirements Revealed

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Thief PC Requirements Revealed

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Eidos Montreal has revealed the PC system requirements for the upcoming Thief reboot.

With just over five weeks left until release, Eidos Montreal has revealed the PC system requirements for Thief. The reboot of the Thief series and the return of Master Thief Garret has evoked strong reactions from fans of the series. Negative feedback about quick time events in the game led Eidos to remove them entirely. An experience system was also cut after negative fan feedback, replaced with using stolen gold to purchase tools to make Garrett stealthier or deadlier. The baseline requirements the game aren't outrageous, but the recommended specs show that Thief might tax older CPUs and GPUs.

According to the developer, the system requirements are:

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista with platform update
CPU: High-performance dual core CPU or quad core CPU
RAM: 4 GB
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 4800 series / Nvidia GTS 250
DirectX: DirectX 10
HDD/SSD: 20 GB

Recommended Specs
OS: Windows 7 or 8
CPU: AMD FX 8000 series or better / Intel i7 Quad Core CPU
RAM: 4+ GB
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD / R9 series or better / Nvidia GTX 660 series or better
DirectX: DirectX 11
HDD/SSD: 20 GB

With the game's hardware requirements revealed, how does your PC stack up? Personally, Thief looks like the game that will finally force me to toss out my old CPU and commit to a full PC overhaul. Thief comes out February 25 for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

Source: Eidos Montreal

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I am a little under the recommended specs but I will have to wait to see if I want to play it. I know they have tried to fix the things many people didn't like b I will wait for a review that compares this the thief DS and thief 2. If DS is seen as better than the new one I will pass.
No point upgrading for a game you might never buy.

While I know my PC can definitely run this thing....I'm still getting it for the PS4. Just for sheer simplicities sake and less case kicking obliterating scenarios.

MarlaDesat:
Intel i7 Quad Core CPU

I would love to hear their explanation as to why hyper-threading is required.

wooty:
While I know my PC can definitely run this thing....I'm still getting it for the PS4. Just for sheer simplicities sake and less case kicking obliterating scenarios.

Like what? A controller? I'm pretty sure this thing supports a controller since it is most definitely a port.

Oh hey look, my computer can't run it.
That's good, now I have another excuse not to play it that isn't 'I just don't want Garret The Master Emo.'

Nope, don't like the design. Don't trust Eidos not to balls it up and make it a hand holding action fest.
But then, I'm a pessimistic cynic.

Given that the game is out in a month and that they were still trying to decide on major core mechanics last month, I can't say I have high hopes for it.

Remember when requirements / recommendations meant you could just check if your numbers were at or higher than the listed numbers?

Yeah, I don't think I need an i7 to run this at maxxed settings. My i5 OC'ed to 4.5Ghz will do just fine.

I'm quite surprised the recommended requirements aren't higher. 4 GB seems an awful small ammount, I would of expected at least 6-8.

They are lying in the recommended CPU specs. Any i5 or equivalent AMD CPU will be more then enough. I am almost certain the game can be mostly maxed at 900p with a mere 650 gtx or 7770/7790.

I fall at the first hurdle, my OS can't handle it.
Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows Vista with platform update
Using windows XP, fuck

CPU: High-performance dual core CPU or quad core CPU
2.61Ghz AMD quad core, might cut it

RAM: 4 GB
that's all my RAM

Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 4800 series / Nvidia GTS 250
Just upgraded from a 4870 so yay

DirectX: DirectX 10
DirectX 9 for all my games

HDD/SSD: 20 GB
Easily done

IF they managed to 8-thread their engine (which I doubt, as it presents some significant challenges), then an i7 will present a 10% to 15% edge over an i5, while an AMD FX-8350 should destroy the i5 in benchmarks. I'm willing to bet, however, that that is not the case and that the game is just not optimized and runs like ass. Seeing as it's due in a month, I'm also willing to bet that it'll be a buggy mess.

Charcharo: possible, seeing as 900p is still below the 2MP mark that 1920x1080 represents. If you go over 1920x1080, 2560x1440 is 4MP, and 3840x2160 is 8MP. Those, while not LOOKING like much more at first glance, require a significant amount of graphics horsepower. Also a thing to consider is the framerate. With an HD7790, you'll most likely get a playable 30 frames per second, but not the 60 frames per second you'll usually want to hit for nice and smooth gameplay.

CrossLOPER:

MarlaDesat:
Intel i7 Quad Core CPU

I would love to hear their explanation as to why hyper-threading is required.

It's ironic, given that (if I recall correctly) the old Thief games had serious problems with multiple processors.

Pyrian:
Remember when requirements / recommendations meant you could just check if your numbers were at or higher than the listed numbers?

This drives me nuts too. You'd think people who design computers would like clarity.

My machine's almost certainly not up to snuff...but then, I've been thinking about getting (or maybe even learning to build) a new desktop machine. Not that big a rush though, given my distaste for many of the needless changes they seem to have made.

Minimum requirements are quite modest for 2014. Hopefully that means it's optimized really well.

CrossLOPER:

Like what? A controller? I'm pretty sure this thing supports a controller since it is most definitely a port.

It's not a port.

CrossLOPER:

MarlaDesat:
Intel i7 Quad Core CPU

I would love to hear their explanation as to why hyper-threading is required.

I suspect like most pc games it will only have two threads but two i7 cores have more grunt than two i3 cores. I guess that you could get the best performance from a high clock speed i5 but writing that in the spec would get long winded and complicated. You can often get the best from results from a high clock speed i5 than a lower speed i7, Arma 3 and the last two outings from the total war series spring to mind.

CrossLOPER:

MarlaDesat:
Intel i7 Quad Core CPU

I would love to hear their explanation as to why hyper-threading is required.

It's possible they're disregarding hyperthreading and just purely looking at raw CPU power. Even without hyperthreating i7s are slightly ahead of i5s in terms of raw processing power so it's possible they just looked up cpu speed and said "yeah this is close enough" without thinking about ramifications like hyperthreading.

I wonder which generation of i7s they're talking about though. Mine's an i5 Ivy Bridge (gen3) which is more powerful than an i7 Sandy Bridge (gen2), to just say "an i7" and expect it to be a blanket statement is rather misleading.

Deshin:
To just say "an i7" and expect it to be a blanket statement is rather misleading.

It's as much of a mess as i expect the game to be. it's a load of balls.

I guess they're using Bioshock Infinite's version of the Unreal Engine 3, the higher specs are maybe just for tessalation and antialiasing, so I guess it'll look and perform as good as Bioshock Infinite did on my PC :)

So it's another poorly optimised Next-Gen port?

Colour me surprised.

I mean, my CPU isn't that great (i5 3470) but paired with a GTX 670, it can run Planetside 2, on 1080p at high settings(all sliders set to high, SSAO, fog shadows, no vsync) at 60fps, which is a game of a massive scale.

They have some balls for listing the recommended specs as an i7, considering the fact that the i5 series trounce any AMD cpu, and I seriously doubt that the game will be that much of a hog considering it's a first person action game with stealth elements.

Because that is what it is, I do not believe that this game will not go the way of Hitman Absolution.

I meet all of the recommended specs except for the graphics card (I have a GTX 650)

is that the best you have got??? BRING IT ON EIDOS!

Seriously though i am glad i got a new pc the other month although by the looks of it and the new console generation i should be set for the next decade which is both good for my bank balance and sad that things will remain the same for the next 10 years

Ok my PC can run it, not sure if it will be good or not, i'll wait and see what Yahtzee says about it before I even consider buying it

It's concerning how they feel it needs an i7 for "recommended" specs though, you have to wonder if its going to be one of those horribly optimised games. We haven't had enough of those lately or anything...

Really people, don't worry as much. Many games thesw days have untrue requirenents. Jyst because they have decided to make intel and amd some more money by selling unneded CPU grunt, does not mean it is real :P

I'll wait til the game comes out and then I'll read the forums. MGR: Revengeance's specs showed over 20 GB space required. The majority of that was uncompressed cutscene...

My PC just about hits the recommended in most areas.

Hopefully I'll have a nice 60fps at high settings but I guess I'll have to turn down a few things to make that happen. And screw playing at 30fps anymore.

This is all if I even get the game, I'll wait for some reviews I think.

I guess I'll find out when/if I pick it up. At this point my computer is showing its age but even for games where I don't quit hit the recommended specs they run fine on the default settings (e.g. Tomb Raider or Bioshock: Infinite). While for some games I meet or exceed the recommended specs and the games run like ass or not at all (Witcher was playable-ish; Witcher 2 is not).

DarkhoIlow:
Yeah, I don't think I need an i7 to run this at maxxed settings. My i5 OC'ed to 4.5Ghz will do just fine.

I'm quite surprised the recommended requirements aren't higher. 4 GB seems an awful small ammount, I would of expected at least 6-8.

Yeah, you should do just fine.

Matthi205:
IF they managed to 8-thread their engine (which I doubt, as it presents some significant challenges), then an i7 will present a 10% to 15% edge over an i5, while an AMD FX-8350 should destroy the i5 in benchmarks. I'm willing to bet, however, that that is not the case and that the game is just not optimized and runs like ass. Seeing as it's due in a month, I'm also willing to bet that it'll be a buggy mess.

Charcharo: possible, seeing as 900p is still below the 2MP mark that 1920x1080 represents. If you go over 1920x1080, 2560x1440 is 4MP, and 3840x2160 is 8MP. Those, while not LOOKING like much more at first glance, require a significant amount of graphics horsepower. Also a thing to consider is the framerate. With an HD7790, you'll most likely get a playable 30 frames per second, but not the 60 frames per second you'll usually want to hit for nice and smooth gameplay.

albino boo:

CrossLOPER:

MarlaDesat:
Intel i7 Quad Core CPU

I would love to hear their explanation as to why hyper-threading is required.

I suspect like most pc games it will only have two threads but two i7 cores have more grunt than two i3 cores. I guess that you could get the best performance from a high clock speed i5 but writing that in the spec would get long winded and complicated. You can often get the best from results from a high clock speed i5 than a lower speed i7, Arma 3 and the last two outings from the total war series spring to mind.

No, it is just poorly optimized, then. Look, few people -even hardcore PC gamers- upgrade their CPU that often. They likely wanted to cut out first-gen i5s from the recommended specs, but were too lazy to give a more detailed req sheet. Some of the early "core" series motherboards were also compatible with DDR2 RAM, so they likely did not want an i5 with 800 speed RAM on their recommended specs.

Still, listing the i7 as recommended is simply ridiculous, and shows a lack of optimization. No i7 gives any real gaming advantage over a same-gen i5, except perhaps 2-4 frames/sec in heavy loads. i7s are designed for heavy threading or multitasking, with workstation or graphic design loads. They are not designed for gaming use so much as light industry or other applications.

Ryan Hughes:
No i7 gives any real gaming advantage over a same-gen i5.

In some cases even the i5 doesn't give all that much extra performance per , in games like Assassin's Creed 4 benchmarks show only a tiny increase in performance with the i5 and i7 over the i3 (all Haswell).

Its only in more cpu intensive multiplayer games you would really notice any improvement, games that just look pretty like Crysis 3, Ass Creed and probably Thief 4 as well need a hefty GPU and the CPU takes a backseat.

knox140:

CrossLOPER:

Like what? A controller? I'm pretty sure this thing supports a controller since it is most definitely a port.

It's not a port.

It's released at the same time with consoles and bears wonderful aspects of "streamlined" console gameplay such as contextual jumping. You know, the "Press X to mantle" variety. Generally this is to make up for a lack of buttons. The "focus" mode is also to make up for the fact that analogue sticks are as precise as ass.

It's a port.

CPU: AMD FX 8000 series or better / Intel i7 Quad Core CPU

Sooooooo an i7 ultra low cloacked will do better then i5 at 3.2 GHz because...... hyperthreading? Shove your virtual cores where even Garrett can't steal them.

OT: My pc can definitely run this. Only time I'm under the recommended specs is GTX 750M...

Im just under on the recommended spec cause of My 6970 Oh well, I think I'll wait and upgrade later and not buy the game till then.

CrossLOPER:

knox140:

CrossLOPER:

Like what? A controller? I'm pretty sure this thing supports a controller since it is most definitely a port.

It's not a port.

It's released at the same time with consoles and bears wonderful aspects of "streamlined" console gameplay such as contextual jumping. You know, the "Press X to mantle" variety. Generally this is to make up for a lack of buttons. The "focus" mode is also to make up for the fact that analogue sticks are as precise as ass.

It's a port.

Bullshit that its due to lack of buttons. I remember wasn't Thief 3 also an obvious Xbox port? And it had no problems with controls.

Rainbow_Dashtruction:

CrossLOPER:

knox140:

It's not a port.

It's released at the same time with consoles and bears wonderful aspects of "streamlined" console gameplay such as contextual jumping. You know, the "Press X to mantle" variety. Generally this is to make up for a lack of buttons. The "focus" mode is also to make up for the fact that analogue sticks are as precise as ass.

It's a port.

Bullshit that its due to lack of buttons. I remember wasn't Thief 3 also an obvious Xbox port? And it had no problems with controls.

That was 2004. This is 2014. Keep in mind we have more important things that are tying up buttons like "talky-talky sexual love quest mode" and "focus mode" and "kill mode" and "rip off Dishonored mode".

Also TDS controlled like ass. It was like moving a chess piece at the end of a fishing line. TMA and TDP/G were much more responsive.

My computer passes the recommended.
CPU: I7-3770
RAM: 16 GBs
GPU: Nvidia GTX 760

It does look fun and I will probably pick it up at some point. Though I'll probably wait for it to go on sale before I get it.

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