The release date for Need for Speed: Payback is just around the corner (no pun intended), and Ghost Games just released some new information about the game. Specifically, we now know the minimum and recommended hardware requirements, and it doesn’t seem like you need to an expensive system to play.
In terms of the specs used in both categories, Ghost Games went a bit further and provided additional details for each configuration. With the minimum settings, you’ll have to play the game at 720p resolution if you want 30 frames per second. With the recommended hardware, you’ll get the same framerate at 1080p.
|Need for Speed: Payback||Minimum (720p, 30 fps)||Recommended (1080p, 60 fps)|
|CPU||Intel Core i3-6300 (Skylake, 3.8 GHz)AMD FX 8150 (Zambezi, 3.6 GHz)||Intel Core i5-4690K (Devil's Canyon, 3.5 GHz)AMD FX 8350 (Vishera, 4.0 GHz)|
|GPU||Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 TiAMD Radeon HD 7850||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060AMD Radeon RX 480|
|RAM||6 GB||8 GB|
|Storage||30 GB||30 GB|
|OS||Windows 7 (64-bit) or later||Windows 10 (64-bit)|
|Internet Connection||192 Kbps or faster||512 Kbps or faster|
|Input||Dual analog controller||Dual analog controller|
In Nvidia’s post on the specs, it also mentioned that you can also play the game at 4K resolution. However, you’ll need a more powerful GPU, specifically the GTX 1070, 1080, or 1080 Ti. In addition to the GPU recommendations, the company also released a small preview of the game running at 4K and 60 frames per second.
One thing of note missing from today’s announcement is support for racing wheels. When the PC version of Need for Speed launched last year, Ghost Games provided a small list of wheels that were compatible with the game. We reached out to the studio to see if additional peripherals will work with Need for Speed: Payback.
For more information about the latest title in the series, you can check out our gameplay video from E3 as well as an in-depth look on its cosmetic and performance customization options. Need for Speed: Paybackarrives on November 10.
|Name||Need for Speed: Payback|
|Platforms||PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|Where To Buy||OriginPlayStation StoreXbox StoreAmazonBest BuyWalmartGameStop|
|Release Date||November 10, 2017|
However, that is NOT the most shocking thing on the required hardware list... A DUAL ANALOG CONTROLLER!? Like the peasants use on ye olde consoles? Can I not use my keyboard and mouse? Why is it a requirement? What is going on here!?
This seemed unlikely, since 30fps on a high-end system would be unacceptable to most people, and according to the chart the recommended spec gives you 60fps at 1080p.
I can't imagine a worse way to play a racing game than with a keyboard/mouse. I suppose you could try to play NFS with a Guitar Hero guitar. That would probably be worse. But either way, keyboard/mouse is still an awful way to play racing games.
Just picturing somebody trying to do that had me ROFL. Post of the day!
They want people to play on PC using controllers? To me, it's like asking for a webcam or a VR headset: not for me.
That's fine though, many people have controllers. I just find it sad that they ported a game from consoles, but didn't bother (or want the expense) to adapt to that platform's most common input method.