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PC Reqs, Graphics Features Revealed For 'Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus'

Before you take out scores of Nazis later this week in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, make sure that your PC can handle the action. Machine Games released the hardware specs for the upcoming game as well as details on numerous visual features specific to the PC version.

At launch, you’ll need 55GB of free space for the game. These days, 4GB of memory is not enough, and Wolfenstein II is no exception with its minimum 8GB RAM requirement. The studio published requirements for Intel and AMD CPUs as well as Nvidia and AMD GPUs. However, those who still use Windows 8.1 won’t be able to use their AMD card, as the company no longer supports that particular OS version.

Wolfenstein II: The New ColossusMinimumRecommended
CPUIntel Core i7-3770 (Ivy Bridge, 3.4 GHz)AMD FX-8350 (Vishera, 4.0 GHz)Intel Core i7-4770 (Haswell, 3.4 GHz)AMD FX-9370 (Vishera, 4.4 GHz)
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 770AMD Radeon R9 290Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060AMD Radeon RX 470
RAM8GB16GB
Storage55GB55GB
OSWindows 7, 8.1, 10 (64-bit)Windows 7, 8.1, 10 (64-bit)
APIVulkanVulkan
InputKeyboard and mouse, ControllerKeyboard and mouse, Controller

You’ll get uncapped framerates, multiple aspect ratios (including the 21:9 ultra widescreen configuration), and support for 4K resolution. There’s also access to a field of view slider that allows for adjustments between 70-120 degrees. You can use the default keyboard and mouse configuration, but the game also allows full rebinding options. If you prefer, you can also use a traditional controller.

In the settings menu, you can change multiple graphics options such as lights, shadows, reflections, volumetric quality, and depth of field. The game also offers four anti-aliasing tiers, and colorblind players can choose from one of three options: protanopia, deuteranopia, and tritanopia. You can check out the full list of features on Bethesda’s website.

Because of id Software’s success with Vulkan on Doom, Machine Games opted to use it as the primary API. It added that the use of Vulkan saw improved performance, specifically on AMD hardware:

When we started development of Wolfenstein II, the choice of graphics API for PC was a simple one. Doom had already set the stage for what could be done with Vulkan and we wanted to take it to the next level. Using Vulkan when developing has allowed us to utilize the power of AMD's VEGA graphics chips in ways that were not possible before, giving us fine grained control over the performance and feature set of the GPU without having to sacrifice artistic intent. Combined with the flexibility of AMD's hardware, Vulkan gives us the artistic freedom to deliver Wolfenstein without compromise.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus launches at the end of the week, on October 27. For more on the game, check out our hands-on impressions of the opening gameplay and the New Orleans level.

NameWolfenstein II: The New Colossus
TypeFirst-person shooter, action
DeveloperMachine Games
PublisherBethesda Softworks
PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Where To BuySteamPlayStation StoreXbox StoreAmazonBest BuyTargetWalmartGameStop
Release DateOctober 27, 2017
  • dstarr3
    GOD I CAN'T WAIT
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  • jonroberts26
    Is there anything more fun than killing nazis?
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  • lucas_7_94
    Wait. What? R9 290 minimum but recommended 470 wth.
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  • termathor
    The really amazing thing is the use of Vulkan as *primary* API.
    This is golden, the decline of MS monopoly on video gaming, and the rise of real alternatives to Windows.

    Will definitely buy it.
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  • FunSurfer
    RIP i7-2600
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  • blppt
    "The really amazing thing is the use of Vulkan as *primary* API.
    This is golden, the decline of MS monopoly on video gaming, and the rise of real alternatives to Windows."

    I have no real animosity towards MS, but Vulkan really should be the API of choice, agreed. Would love to see some highly optimized ports for Linux and the like.
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  • blppt
    "RIP i7-2600"

    I know your comment was made in jest, but there was very little difference between my 2600K and 3700K in games, so its probably fine.
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  • excalibur1814
    Currently playing 'The New Order' and... it's a bit boring.
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  • IInuyasha74
    Yea the i7-2600K should be fine. It was all of about 8% slower than the 3770K on average.

    The CPU req. is weird too. Minimum i7-3770. Recommended i7-4770. Like 5% performance difference between the two.
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  • BulkZerker
    *hits down vote with fat thumb on accident. Can't undo vote.*

    That said I'm looking forwards to the ham (dialogue) being extra salty like the previews hinted at.
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