Assassin’s Creed Unity is slated to hit shelves on November 11, but before then, if you’re a PC gamer, you’ll probably want to know what kind of hardware you need to run this game. Unfortunately, the requirements for the new installment of Assassin’s Creed seem to be rather… high.
To begin with, you’ll need a system with a 64-bit operating system, because the game requires a minimum of 6 GB of RAM. Ubisoft also wants you to have at least an Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Phenom II x4 940 processor, along with an Nvidia GTX 680 or an AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics card.
However, if you want to live up to the recommended hardware you’ll need even more, of course. Ubisoft recommended an Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX-8350 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and an Nvidia GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card.
Naturally, you’ll also need DirectX 11 installed and a DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card. You’ll also need 50 GB of hard drive space and 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1.
These minimum and recommended requirements are very steep – there’s no doubt about that. We would wonder whether this is some sort of practical joke, but this was posted on the official Ubisoft blog and it’s not the first of April.
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For the record, a Phenom 940 is more likely closer to the old high-end Intel Core2 Quad and the current low-end i3's (assuming quad core isn't necessary, if not the i5 750). I think it's a safe bet the CPU requirements are either completely made up or ill-informed at the very least. As for the GPU, well to be honest I have no idea. It seems ridiculously high, but at the same time I've seen the lesser cards struggle on newer games more and more these days than they used to, probably because scaling options are slim compared to years ago.