Late last month, Bethesda stated that it wouldn't release a list of minimum system requirements for The Evil Within because it couldn't guarantee optimal performance if customers attempt to run the game below the recommended specs. However, that stance has changed, and the company is now caving in to customer feedback and providing a new list of minimum requirements.
According to Bethesda, gamers need Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, but the company doesn't state whether the OS needs to be 32-bit or 64-bit. The list of minimal requirements also includes a Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or an equivalent 1 GB VRAM card, an Intel Core i7 or an equivalent processor with four or more cores, 4 GB of RAM and 50 GB of hard drive space.
"You won't be experiencing the game at 1080p and you'll likely need to turn off some features, but you will still be able to have a great experience with the game," Bethesda's blog said. "If you meet the recommended specs, you're in for the ideal experience. The game looks amazing with full-screen anti-aliasing, full shadow quality, motion blur, tessellation, SSAO, and 1080p visuals."
As a recap, the recommended system requirements include a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or Windows 8, an Intel Core i7 processor with four cores or more, and 4 GB of RAM. The game also needs an Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 or equivalent GPU with 4 GB of VRAM, a high-speed Internet connection and a Steam account for activation. PC gamers will need 50 GB of HDD space to install the game; only 41 GB will be consumed after installation.
The Evil Within went gold last week, and it appears to be on track for release on Tuesday, October 14 in North America and Europe, on October 16 in New Zealand and Australia, and October 23 in Japan for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. Owners of the Xbox One can now pre-load the game.
Bethesda's third-person survival horror game puts players in the role of Detective Sebastian Castellanos, who is called in to investigate a mass murder that took place at the local asylum. Eventually, he's knocked unconscious and dragged into what appears to be a basement. Like his partners, he's strung upside down to be slaughtered. Naturally, he breaks free, and it's up to players to keep him alive.
You can read our hands-on with the game here.