Wolfenstein: The New Order may have some of the heftiest system requirements we’ve seen yet.
Update: Bethesda has updated the official system requirements page on its blog, stating that requirements “are based on the game being a next-gen experience running at 60fps. These are the system requirements to deliver the PC game as it was intended to be experienced.” So, it looks like these are more recommended specs rather than minimum specs, and you’ll probably be able to run the game with something less powerful than an i7.
Original Story: Planning on sinking your teeth into Wolfenstein: The New Order when it launches this month? Well, if you’re a PC gamer, you had better have a beefy machine and an excess of hard disk space, as the official system requirements have the game have just been announced, and they are rather hefty. Gamers will need a minimum Core i7 CPU, and a whopping 50GB of free space. What you are now hearing is the sounds of millions of SSD users crying out in agony.
The rest of the required PC specs are a little more forgiving, asking for just a GeForce 460/Radeon 6850, 4GB RAM, and a 64-bit installation of Windows 7 or 8. “If your PC matches these requirements, then you’re good to go!” says Bethesda.
As for console gamers, well, I’m afraid you guys had also best prepare your hard drives for Wolfenstein: The New Order. The PS4 and Xbox One versions will require a minimum of 8GB of hard drive space, and 47GB for a total install. The PS3 version, meanwhile, takes up 17GB as a download and 8GB for the disc version, whereas the Xbox 360 version will require an 8GB install and will ship on four discs.
While the massive install size is annoying, it seems to fast be coming the standard these days. What’s really inexplicable is the Core i7 requirement – this is a game that runs on the PS3 and Xbox 360, which certainly have much slower processors than that.
Wolfenstein: The New Order will be released on May 20.