Volition has revealed exactly how beefy your PC will have to be to play Saints Row: The Third.

And the verdict is: “reasonably beefy.” The bare minimum pc specs you’ll need to start the game without it laughing in your face and pushing over your recycle bin are:

OS: Windows® XP

Processor: 2GHz Dual Core Processor (Intel® Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2) or higher

Memory: 2GB System RAM or more

Graphics: 320MB Video RAM GPU w/ Shader Model 3.0 support. NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 series or better. ATI Radeon™ HD3800 series or better

DirectX®: 9.0c

Hard Drive: 10GB

Sound: 100% DirectX® 9.0C compliant sound card or equivalent onboard sound

Co-Op Play: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 cards require 640MB of Video RAM. ATI Radeon™ HD3800 cards require 1GB of Video RAM

Of course, that kind of “low end” hardware is just going to get your foot in the door, graphically speaking. Volition recommends at least:

OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7

Processor: Any Quad Core Processor (Intel® Core i5 or AMD Phenom™ II X4) or 3.0+ Dual Core CPU

Memory: 4GB System RAM or more

Graphics: 1GB Video RAM GPU w/ Shader Model 4.0 support. NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 400 series or better. ATI Radeon™ HD5000 series or better

DirectX®: DirectX® 11

Hard Drive: 10 GB

Sound: 100% DirectX® 9.0C compliant sound card or equivalent onboard sound

Now, anyone who’s worth their PC gaming salt knows that developers and publishers can be a little … optimistic when it comes to system requirements, so if you’re just barely meeting the requirements you may want to consider the console version, or perhaps an upgrade or two. This goes double for a Saints Row game, considering how much of a massive, resource-hogging monstrosity the PC port of Saints Row 2 was.

So what does the game have for PC gamers with the right kit? Advanced depth of field, proper reflections, ambient occlusion, actual HD resolutions and high-end anti-aliasing. It also boasts support for SLI and Crossfire configurations, as well as the ludicrous testament to technical opulence that is AMD Eyefinity. There’s a record mode, which lets you record in game footage and upload it to a media service of your choice. The Steam version also provides you with Team Fortress 2 themed bobble heads for your in game avatar. Most importantly, however, the PC release lets you use a mouse and keyboard, giving you a perfect opportunity to crow about how superior a method of input they are, much to the chagrin of resentful console peasants everywhere. Enjoy.

Source: Destructoid

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