Duke Nukem Forever Specs Announced

Tuesday Gearbox Software finally released the minimum and recommended system specs for the long, long, long-awaited game Duke Nukem Forever. The minimum hardware requirements are surprisingly low-end, requesting at least 1 GB or memory, 256 MB of video memory, Nvidia's GeForce 7600 and AMD's Radeon HD 2600. The game also demands the Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.0 GHz at the very least, or the Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.0 GHz for those who prefer a glass of AMD.

That said, mainstream laptop owners shouldn't have a problem getting an acceptable frame rate. Heck, for that matter, the recommended specs aren't all that beefy either, meaning the game will be enjoyed by a larger audience than seen with recent titles like Bulletstorm and Crysis 2. As listed below, some of the recommended hardware specs call for 2 GB of RAM, Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GTS or AMD's Radeon HD 3850 graphics.

But enough chatter. Here are the requirements in their entirety:


  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.0 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.0 Ghz
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB free
  • Video Memory: 256 MB
  • Video Card: nVidia GeForce 7600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible


  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.6 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB free
  • Video Memory: 512 MB
  • Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS / ATI Radeon HD 3850
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Gearbox notes that Duke Nukem Forever also uses Steam for DRM, and will install the client if its not already present on the system. That said, PC gamers will need a one-time internet connection for Steam authentication. For AMD customers, the game will also install the AMD Dual Core Optimizer which is required only for specific AMD processors to run the game correctly (but is still installed for all AMD platforms).

Unless Gearbox hits another road bump, Duke Nukem Forever will invade North America on June 14, 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. That's just over a month away... Can we get a w00t w00t? Anyone?

  • burnley14
    w00t w00t!?
  • internetlad
    steam>windows live

    but i can see how this will tick some people off, Steam is really becoming a juggernaut, with the likes of Civ V and Duke coming third party to steam exclusively. I'm a Steam fanboy, but if I wasn't I'd probably be annoyed.
  • Mottamort
    a w00t w00t? Way to keep it professional Kevin.
  • thejerk
    i'll believe it when i see it on the shelf, haha
  • stingstang
    Direct2drive.com has the same games as steam. Sure, they're not discounted as much sometimes, but that's walmart...I mean Steam for ya.

    So ah...anyone else not surprised that a 3 -cough- 5 -cough- 7 year old game requires such minimal hardware to play? I'm positive it will be good, but you know there are going to be people complaining that it doesn't have cutting-edge graphics...which we all KNOW makes the game more than the gameplay.
  • This rules me out, I will never install Steam not even for activation of a game!

    There is enough games out there that do not require all this crappy DRM and Steam punk!
  • Stardude82
    Supposedly, it's made with the Unreal 2.5 engine which 3D Realms has been tinkering with since 2002.
  • ern88
    Maybe the GFX will be better then COD: Black Ops. This would mean that Gearbox have a really talented group who know how to optimize programming ;-)
  • NuclearShadow
    Those are quite low required specs even for the recommended. What engine is the game running on?

    *edit* Wow Stardude posted the answer literally as I was typing this! ESP FTW!
  • misry
    Shh! Don't tell the wife. I *had* to get a 5770 so I would be able to play Duke. :D