Wolfenstein specifications ask for an i7 processor, Xbox One and PS4 install sizes also revealed

The new Wolfenstein game needs a bit of a hefty PC in order to run. Can yours handle it?

Bethesda has published the "necessary" system requirements for Wolfenstein: The New Order, and they're a bit hefty: you'll need an Intel Core i7 or equivalent AMD processor, the publisher says.

The rest of the required PC specs are far more modest, asking for a GeForce 460/Radeon 6850, 4GB RAM, a 64-bit installation of Windows 7 or 8, and 50GB hard drive space.

"If your PC matches these requirements, then you’re good to go!" says Bethesda. We've dropped Bethesda a line to see if they'll clarify whether the i7 requirement is a bare minimum, or just recommended.

Can your PC run it, then?

Bethesda also announced that the PS4 and Xbox One version of Wolfenstein: The New Order will require a minimum of 8GB of hard drive space, and 47GB for a total install. The PS3 version, meanwhile, takes up 17GB as a download and 8GB for the disc version, whereas the Xbox 360 version will require an 8GB install and will ship on four discs.

Wolfenstein: The New Order will be released on May 20.

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507 comments
gunnmetal
gunnmetal

man keeping up with the hardware is why i left pc gaming in the early 2000s i just cant afford it

sadface1234
sadface1234

omfg learn to post the news correctly, it is not the "NECESSARY" reqs.... it is the "necessary for a next-gen experience running at 60fps … to deliver the PC game as it was intended to be experienced"  


also .... On PS4 and Xbox One, Wolfenstein: The New Order needs 47 GB of free space because — like all games on those consoles — it must be fully installed to the hard drive. A Bethesda representative confirmed  that the Bethblog post mistakenly referred to an 8 GB minimum for PS4 and Xbox One. We've edited the post to reflect this.  


jayrobert
jayrobert

Thank god for that, you only need an i7 930 or equivalent to run this game, look on can you run it

jim_peterson
jim_peterson

Im confused by this statement:

"Bethesda also announced that the PS4 and Xbox One version of Wolfenstein: The New Order will require a minimum of 8GB of hard drive space, and 47GB for a total install."


As PS4 and XBO games require a full installation and play completely off the HDD,  how can they have a "minimum" requirement of 8GB?


skiggy34
skiggy34

This is one of the reasons why I dont own a gaming rig.  I have nothing against them and one day I'm sure I will own one but I would be pissed if I had a powerful pc rig with an 4th gen I5 and can't play this unless I upgrade to an I7.  With my consoles, even tho the graphics may not match the pc's, all I have to do is install and play. I'll probably get this on PS4 since I have no games for it and it will probably run a bit better than my Xbox One.  God luck to the pc owners who need to tweak out you're rigs to make this game work.  And I say that with absolutely 0 sarcasm. 

aatire80
aatire80

Well these are recommended reqs for a next-gen 60fps experience.and these are old first gen i7..They are weaker than Sandy bridge i5 in games so not much surprise..I would not be surprised if this game runs like butter even on i3 CPUs

deathbeam
deathbeam

Sigh what is with these articles citing "hefty" pc requirements. The only thing remotely surprising here is the 50gb of space this thing take sup. Everything else is decidedly low end or middle of the road

blastergamerx
blastergamerx

I know that plenty of PC builders use i5 4670K to play. WTF. This is an over-par processor, and NO FPS game should require an i7. That's overkill. Is this game even that CPU intenvise? 


btw. They said equivalent  AMD processor. Is any AMD processor EQUIVALENT to an i7? The best I know is FX 9590, about the same price as an i7, so that means the popular FX 8350 won't run it, which is priced about like an i5?

nevetsca
nevetsca

Hype and marketing if you ask me. Reminds me of the thing Activision did with CoD - Ghosts.

jayrobert
jayrobert

If this is minimum specs then what would the recommended be? An i7 3930k?

jayrobert
jayrobert

Yet another Unoptimised game for the PC, very depressing

bdooms
bdooms

I believe the way developers define minimum/recommended specs is too flawed.  Too many people may have an obscure card, or even GPU that is not listed, and there are a host of other factors in a system that can also effect game performance.


There are a number of free benchmark graphics programs that test one's system by reporting FPS results in various graphics/physics, etc. intensive scenarios.


If a developer said, you need to get X fps on Y benchmark to get a good playing experience, this would be much more useful and eliminate a host of questions that arise when recommendations are made based on parts vs. actual performance.


Of course, the benchmark developers would be incentivized to improve and diversify their offerings, and developers could even bundle a benchmark program with their game.


Sure, there are potential issues in regards to "cooking" stats etc. but the reality is if the developers don't give accurate recommendations, it only hurts them in the future.


Gamers who want to play a game but don't have a high enough score, can tweak their system, overclock, etc. to see how much it would help performance in their desired game.


This thread alone shows some of the problems with component based recommendations

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

i7 and a GTX 460 for this mediocre looking railshooter.

tc93
tc93

I say that is BS.  They most likely are doing it for media attention, this way they get people checking out the game.


The videos of the game look very lame.  There is nothing that impresses me.


Why such a high cpu and a low graphics card?  Either they are lying for media attention, or its poor coding to the game.

vip-rodgers247
vip-rodgers247

So this is off topic, or kinda on topic, whatever. Basically, I got lucky enough to win a full scholarship to college, which happens to come with a 1000 dollar stipend for a computer. I've looked at a lot of different computers, but the Asus n550jk is what I'm leaning to. But even then, I have no idea if it'll really work for my wants and needs. I just want a good computer with a decent battery life, nice screen, good specs, large hard drive, and gaming capabilities. I don't intend on using it for big, modern games, I'll play those on my ps4, I just want to be able to play all the PC exclusives I've missed out on over the years, like the Total War franchise and Starcraft. So basically, if someone gave you a 1000 dollars to buy whatever computer you wanted, what would you buy?

Oh and I am not looking for a custom build. Parents wouldn't allow it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Lol, talk about lopsided systems specs. It needs a very powerful CPU, but my dual core laptop matches the other stuff. I seriously doubt that it needs an i7 for that reason. If it does, it sounds like that CPU will bottlenecked like hell by all the other inferior components.

sevuz7
sevuz7

Something is wrong here. You need a intel Core i7 or equivalent AMD processor... What the? It most be a recommended or... damn. And what with the needs of 50 GB install? first Titanfall now this -_-

wa128
wa128

there is no amd equivalent to the core i7.... these specs seem kinda weird.

Daian
Daian

This doesn't sound right, this is clearly the CPU required to max out the game, no way it requires an i7 to run lol.

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

Aaaaaand... cue the PC vs. console debate that is everlasting.

k_labot
k_labot

PC gamers; "Pc is better than consoles!"

Now half of them wouldn't even be able to run this game lol.. Even 360 owners can experience this game

vincelongman
vincelongman

Lol why would it need an i7 if it works on the PS3/360

The PS4/XBONE have tablet CPUs, which barely match the i3 or FX-6300 (or maybe even the FX-4300)

smoovone1
smoovone1

What is going on is this. It's not that A i5 is not powerful enough, it's that the games are now being optimized for 8 cores because of the Ps4 and Xbox one. So hyperthreading is needed to simulate 8 cores and this is going to be the case more and more as future games are released. It is time for everyone to upgrade to a i7 if you want your games to perform at a high-level moving forward

natethegreat235
natethegreat235

Bought a first generation i7, has not even come close to being tested. Finally, a worthy opponent.

rarson
rarson

An i5-4670k is basically the same thing as an i7-4770k without HyperThreading, and both are comparatively better than even an 8-core AMD CPU in most games. "i3/i5/i7" don't actually denote any kind of standard feature set, it's just another retarded naming scheme from Intel. So saying something "requires an i7" is just stupid. This CPU requirement is stupid. I'm pretty sure my Core2Quad will play this game just fine.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

@skiggy34 Half the fun is in the upgrading and modding.  Also, this is why 'settings' were invented on PC for Graphical options and the such.  Often these days tuning down video settings has a small down to negligible effect visually, the highest options being there purely for the enthusiasts to strain their hardware.

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

@deathbeam  


Internal texture res goin up and taking game disk space with it. Time for another 1tb hard drive. @@

jayrobert
jayrobert

At least Watch Dogs is a bit more reasonable with the specs and that looks miles better plus it's open world, wolfenstien has last gen graphics.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@-Unreal-  Dont like it, dont buy it. Def better then cod or bf. It looks great as well.... and its Wolfensteian, we know pure madness and fun is coming.

jayrobert
jayrobert

I would say the fx 9370 comes very close

jayrobert
jayrobert

You're wrong pc specs aren't always on point but when the game comes out you would find you can run the game anyway on a different processor

wa128
wa128

@k_labot  Still most pc gamers will be having the best experience... as usual.


And yes paying a little extra for it seems fair, although you can get the difference back in lower game prices.



phbz
phbz

@k_labot  You obviously belong to that group who is clueless about PC specs. But that´s OK, as a console user you don´t have to know anything about it. Still your comment is wrong, or maybe just too trollish. 

deathstream
deathstream

@smoovone1  


But it runs of 360/PS3, so I am doubting that these are actually minimum requirements.  Recommended seems much more likely.

vincelongman
vincelongman

@rarson Also the CPU in the PS4 is an AMD 8-core tablet CPU, not AMD's 8-core desktop CPU (which when overclocked, competes with an i5)

dazevanz
dazevanz

No, no it doesn't. You see i7 is not just 4 cores,there's 8 virtual cores which perform better. Then there's 6 core i7s which have 12 virtual cores. Crazy but explains the price. If you have a 6 core i7, you are set for a long time

coolmanmick
coolmanmick

@wa128  To be fair console games apart from Nintendo games can be low prices too. Just takes some waiting for a nice price drop

deathstream
deathstream

@phbz  


His comment was obnoxiously phrased, but he is right.  If these are the MINIMUM requirements, this game won't run on most PCs out there.  Games are usually unplayable at the minumum requirements.

vincelongman
vincelongman

@deathstream @vincelongman  The PS4/XBone do actually have CPUs based on AMD's Jaguar architecture

Therefore they are using the same CPU architecture used in low-end tablets/laptops


So its you who has no clue about hardware

rarson
rarson

@vincelongman

Beema, the APU containing the same Jaguar cores that these are based off of, is a laptop part, and it's only got 4 cores. The 8-core APUs in both consoles are essentially twice as powerful as a low-end laptop part (by virtue of having twice as many cores). The clocks probably aren't quite as high, but that's because there's a ton more GPU power on die than in any of those laptop chips.

In other words, you're quite incorrect. Yes, they're not giant x86 cores, but these aren't desktop computers, they're consoles. Comparing the PC requirements to console specs is apples to oranges.

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

@deathstream @vincelongman@rarsonHe's right. You're the moronic, butthurt console peasant.