Quantum Break PC Recommended Specs Now Ask for Less

A GTX 970 or R9 390 now satisfy the recommended specs.

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Former Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break is headed to PC, and you won't need the high-end rig we previously thought in order to have an ideal experience.

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When it announced the PC version earlier this week, Microsoft released the minimum requirements and recommended specs for it. The latter seemed to be awfully high, suggesting you have an i7 4790 (or AMD equivalent), 16 GB of RAM, and a 6 GB 980 Ti or R9 Fury X. Those are expensive cards, falling in the $600-plus range.

Quantum Break's specs have since been revised, with those high-end parts now being deemed necessary only for Ultra settings. The new recommended specs are more modest, asking for an i5 4690 and a 4 GB GTX 970 or R9 390 (but still 16 GB of RAM). Those cards can be had for nearly half the price of a 980 Ti or R9 Fury X.

The minimum specs remain the same: i5-4460 or FX-6300, 8 GB of RAM, and a 2 GB GTX 760 or R7 260x. You'll also need to be running a 64-bit version of Windows 10.

Quantum Break arrives for PC on April 5, the same day as the Xbox One version. It supports cross-save with the Xbox One version, which you can preorder digitally to receive a free PC copy.

For more on Quantum Break, check out our in-depth look on the new project from the Alan Wake and Max Payne developer, as well as our new interview with Remedy.

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@Belz

My PC is fine. But the UWP port of this game is nortoriously broken as we all know. Lol

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The specs were never the problem. Simply, there's no way in hell I'm putting Win 10 on my gaming rig. At least, not for a while.

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Edited By ktseymour

I'm betting that in the PC game startup this game will say: Powered by Nvidia!

Yeah , the same old sh*t Nvidia. They've been trying to bring back the good old days of games pushing video cards we really don't need , and why not, why shouldn't they help the bottom line. Unfortunately this will not help PC gaming or Nvidia's bottom line, if they try to bring this back and enough games support this fake upgrade policy, gamers will just go to consoles. PC gaming is expensive enough without having to buy the equivalent of two consoles, buying video cards that can actually play the games we want to play on PC.

Nuh, they go back to needing to upgrade CPU/GPU sh*t every 1.5 years , PC gaming is done.

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@ktseymour: peasants were never meant to game on the PC

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HOPE THEY DIDN'T FUCKING DUMB DOWN THE GRAPHICS...........

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My HD 5870 should be able to handle this fine. Pfft. No problem.

*silent sobbing*

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Win10? Guess I'm not buying it.

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i am sure 12GB Ram would be fine too which alot of older I7 systems have. I haven't seen a game yet that uses that much.

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My iMac will not run this game better than any Windows brick.

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You guys had me at "...fairly unremarkable first person shooting..."

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Console port garbage...

I'm rockin a Skylake i7 6700k and a gigabyte 980ti Xtreme OC edition...

But these ports will still run like garbage I bet.

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Edited By DEVILTAZ35

@TheExxorcist: Remedy are usually very good, Max Payne 3 was fantastic on PC. Alan Wake ran very well too.

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Still, a 970 isn't pebbles. I truly wonder how in the world they'll make it run on the XBOX. Propably a 2d sprite edition?

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@stelios: okay? You didn't see the videos yet?

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Edited By GT_APE

Wow a lot of my favorite actors in this. Can't wait. Aidan Gillen looks like a bad ass.

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I think those are a bit overblown.

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Still asks for win10 though

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Its great to see a dx12 title as we will get to see dx12 and async compute in action, but....the fury doesn't have 6 GB T.T Hopefully AMD works some magic and somehow gets ultra to run on 4 GB.

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still don't think an i7 and 16GB RAM are necessary but we'll see.

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How can the recommended specs be 10 times that of the xb1, and apparently if you own a AMD processor you're screwed, because I hate to say it, but there is no amd equivalent of an i7 4790. 16gb RAM, don't think I've ever even came close to filling mine. Who exactly were they aiming this game at. Your talking about maybe the top 10% of PC gamers that actually meet these requirements.

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@UltimateBastard: lol I guess they're just trying to emulate the xbox one version on the pc. Anything emulated require almost this power to run smoothly.

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@handofkain: Guitar Hero 3 needed a 2.8GHz dual core cpu for its intense button mashing even though a 299MHz single core PS2 could handle it. This is likely just another crappy port.

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8GB of RAM a minimum? that's a bold amount, unless this is a sign of the times.

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@bernard978: Or just a crappy port.

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@bernard978: good thing ram is cheap, 8gb kit is 40 bucks . since i have 8 already i guess ill get the extra 8 to somewhat future proof my rig until the next game tries to rape our pockets with outrageous minimum specs. oh and dont buy the ddr4 hype , ddr3 is going to last alot longer and the performance doesnt justify upgrading

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Too late now, the division is almost upon us and the on the gtx 970 it will look better!

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Dowgrade is real boys!!!

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16gb ram prob for 4k plus textures. Also FMV.

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Edited By PS2fweak

Where have I been?! I was hoping this would happen. I just couldn't imagine Remedy doing an X1 exclusive without showing PC some love. I played so much Max Payne 1&2 with too many mods to count.

Specs are beefy though. I need some more RAM...

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YES!!! Looks like my graphics upgrade can wait until i'm done with this game then.

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Edited By TashunkoSapa

Hard times for PC gamers, judging by the comments.

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Still needs to run on Win7, or no sale.

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@DrunkenPunk800: windows 7 I thought only old people use windows 7

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@gutkiller: being faster doesn't make up for the fact that windows 8 is a piece of shit but 10s alright

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@DrunkenPunk800: You know it's been proven that win8 and 10 are faster and more stable then win7. Why do you still run win 7?

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@DrunkenPunk800: your SOL, maybe not for this game but in the near future legacy support for older versions than 8.1 wont be made. they might release a workaround but seeing how gung ho MS is about everyone being on win10 i see bad things for legacy users. just to add , win10 is my favorite windows version. i used a 3rd party app to kill all the spying crap , i shut off cortana completely and i can honestly say its better than 7. my games even have a few extra fps but i cant say thats the OS and not a new driver. overall jumping to windows 10 was the best choice of os ive ever made.

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@DrunkenPunk800: Then no sale. A lot of PC/Xbox crossplay games will start switching to Windows 10 exclusive so if you want to play it then you better switch.,

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will i am in the middle spec once again gtx 960 12gb ram 8320 fx

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I told people that the recommended stats were more about recommending the most compatible and powerful DirectX 12 GPUs. I think people should wait till the "Can I run this game?" tools in AMD & Nvidia's gaming software releases before they judge the game as having "too high specs".

It's like game developers can't win with some gamers that are too hasty w/ their conclusions of games that aren't out yet: If specs are too low, gamers claim developers are be dumbing down the game on PC; if the specs are "too high" (what does that even mean), gamers complain it's not well optimized.

This is even confusing to those who care but not enough to do their research since the idea of "recommended specs" is subjective without context by the developers of the game. In this case, before the updated recommended specs that means something entirely different now, ULTRA & 60FPS+.

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So either way, you still need Windows 10.

Dammit >.<

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@Mattyrock: I guess they don't like money.

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@Mattyrock: Nothing is wrong with that, most upgrade to the latest version of their OS well within the 3 months. MIcrosoft has indeed done pretty stupid things for consumers to not do that with their OS, leading to headaches to developers of all kinds, business owners, and workplaces.

That said, Windows 10 is free. It also even has compatibility modes like the old OSs to enable you to run your games; unless you have very specific hardware driver issues the manufacturers of your device refuse to fix, you're giving yourself unnecessary trouble not updating.

If you're a gamer or leverage GPUs or SSDs for your day-to-day work, you're also leaving yourself to miss a lot of enhancements & performance improvements Windows 10 provide you that older versions o the OS simply can't compete with.

That is compounded if you have multi-GPUs like I do (980TI SLI).

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@lozandier:

win7 can go toe to toe win 10's performance and is ridden of the win 10's issues with the mandatory upgrade, no user can make drivers for his pc and its not the users fault that far more companies dont make proper drivers and applications for the 10% of the market that represents the win 10 enthusiasts.

This comes from a pc user that have had wind 10 from its beta period up untill late January. Win 10 is still a beta and more of a headache, rather than an upgrade for the gamers ( unless they have a very old laptop with 2gb ram and are happy with the win 10 casual games)

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@croxus: It might be your set up because on all 4 of my PC's including that I bought right when Vista came out. It runs smooth and much better than Win 7. Every test and benchmark that I have seen says win7 is slower than win8 and 10. So what do you mean it can go toe to toe?

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Wait, what?! This game is now coming to PC? Oh happy days!

I have GTX 970, but only 8GB ram. i think i should be fine though.

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This is the best time to upgrade to 16GB my friend. It's damn cheap nowadays. Order one on eBay you'll see

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@groowagon: RAMs are pretty darn cheap anyway, I upgraded to 16GB just for the fun of it, but yeah I don't think you actually need more than 8GB if you plan on gaming at 1080p.

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