'XCOM 2' PC Specs Revealed, Pre-Orders Available

Initially slated for launch last month, Firaxis Games delayed the sci-fi strategy game XCOM 2 until February, but at least the developers won’t miss the new release date. The game’s minimum and recommended specs for PC are out, in addition to more details about the game’s Deluxe Edition.

Instead of a multi-platform release like its predecessor in 2012, XCOM 2 will be a PC exclusive. Back in June, creative director Jake Solomon mentioned in an interview with IGN that the shift to a PC-only title was the only way to meet the team’s “very, very ambitious goals” for the sequel. In addition, the game is currently being developed on what Solomon said is a customized version of Unreal Engine 3.5, so much so that moving all of Firaxis Games’ modifications to Unreal Engine 4 wouldn’t be feasible. With a very specific engine in mind, development was focused on the PC, and specifically on making it work well with the traditional keyboard and mouse combo.

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XCOM 2 SpecsMinimumRecommended
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E4700 (2.6 GHz) or AMD Phenom 9950 Quad Core (2.6 GHz)"3 GHz Quad Core"
GPUATI Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (1 GB) or better (DirectX 11 Required)ATI Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 (2 GB) or better (DirectX 11 Required)
Storage45 GB45 GB
Sound CardDirectX compatible sound cardDirectX compatible sound card
OSWindows 7, 64-bitWindows 7, 64-bit

Even though the developers specified an Intel and AMD CPU for its minimum specs, it seems that any quad-core CPU operating with a base clock of 3.0 GHz is recommended for the game. Also, this game is massive with its 45 GB storage requirement, so those with slower download speeds might have to wait a while when downloading the game.

The game’s Steam page is live, which means that players can pre-order the base game for $59.99, or the Digital Deluxe Edition for $79.99. Both pre-orders include the Resistance Warrior Pack, which contains an extra set of soldier customization features such as war paint, outfits and headgear. A new recruit is also available in the pack, who is only known as a “Survivor of the Old War.”

If you want to get the Digital Deluxe Edition, the $20 difference includes a digital soundtrack for the game as well as the Reinforcement Pack, which includes new customization options for your soldier, an extra soldier class, and new gameplay. However, the contents of the Reinforcement Pack won’t arrive until the summer of 2016.


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  • lollort
    45gb?!?! storage req. are getting ridiculous!
  • wexton
    45gigs isn't bad, so many games for many years have had install files that big or way bigger.

    What I am impressed with thou, is how low end of graphics you can actually play with.
  • Larry Litmanen
    45gb?!?! storage req. are getting ridiculous!
    LOL, you want the graphics, they take space.
  • BulkZerker
    Wonder how well it runs on the min required system though.
  • thundervore

    I cannot wait for this game!!!

    I am still playing Enemy Within.
  • Vosgy
    45gb?!?! storage req. are getting ridiculous!
    LOL, you want the graphics, they take space.
    The size tends not to be from graphical resources, if history of these large install bases tells us anything, games like Titan fall that where 40+ GB where 28GB of Uncompressed Audio.
  • bimbam360
    The vast file sizes of modern game downloads (usually audio related of all things) is in my mind a DRM tactic. I'm sure many pirates would be put off downloading a 40GB+ file without any guarantees it will work, instead going to their digital store of choice (steam).

    The problem is this (like ALL DRM) hurts the legitimate consumer more than the pirate, because after about a fortnight the pirates have released a 'repack' version that's a quarter of the size -.-
  • bimbam360
    I don't seem to be able to delete this duplicate so I will just add a quick example:


    Apparently the ~43GB download size put off pirates. Well I just did a quick search on "Insert Generic Torrent Site Here" and found a repack that was 17GB.

    Nuff said really.
  • imsurgical
    The size is also in part to the multiple audio languages they're going to support aside from textures I'd imagine.
  • James Mason
    It has to be uncompressed audio combined with multiple languages, because the game isn't going to look that good, and it's not a ton of highly detailed cities like an assassin's creed game would have.

    It is really f-ing annoying that the games are taking up such huge amounts of my HDD space.

    And file size doesn't deter most pirates, they've been having to either download big files, or "big" files slowly before ever seeing if they work, and they haven't lost anything really because they don't sit there and watch it download.