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Bethesda warns: you should have 4GB of VRAM to play The Evil Within PC

UPDATE: Minimum specs finally revealed, are less scary.

UPDATE 3/10/14 10.30am: Bethesda has now published a list of minimum PC specs for The Evil Within, after last week's warning that you should have 4GB of VRAM to experience the game properly.

Today's lower specs are far less scary - you'll now only need 1GB of VRAM - although the publisher has warned that you won't be getting the full experience.

"Last week we posted our recommended PC system specs for The Evil Within, and in turn, we received plenty of feedback," Bethesda explained via its official blog. "While we still recommend this benchmark to experience the game in all its gory glory, we also recognise the need to provide information on how you can play the game with a wider range of PCs.

"Minimum requirements for The Evil Within can now be found below. You won't be experiencing the game at 1080p and you'll likely need to turn off some features, but you will still be able to have a great experience with the game."

Here's what you'll need to meet the game's minimum requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1
  • GPU: GTX 460 or an equivalent 1 GB VRAM card
  • CPU: i7 or an equivalent 4+ core processor
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • HDD: 50 GB

UPDATE 3/10/14 10.30am:

ORIGINAL STORY 26/9/14 9.00am: If you want to play Shinji Mikami's new horror game The Evil Within on PC, you should have 4GB of VRAM, publisher Bethesda has warned.

Overnight Bethesda published the recommended PC specifications to its BethBlog. They're listed as recommended - there is no list of minimum requirements for the game - because, according to Bethesda, they are the settings that ensure the gameplay experience "intended by the development team".

"If you're trying to play with a rig with settings below these requirements (you should plan to have 4GB of VRAM regardless), we cannot guarantee optimal performance," Bethesda added.

So, here we go:

Recommended PC System Specifications

  • 64-bit Windows 7 / Windows 8
  • i7 with four plus cores
  • 4GB RAM
  • 50GB of hard drive space
  • GeForce GTX 670 or equivalent with 4GB of VRAM
  • High speed internet connection
  • Steam account and activation

It's worth noting that the 50GB of space required is for the PC install. When the installation is complete, the game will take up ~41GB of HDD space.

Meanwhile, we have install sizes for the console versions of the game:

  • Xbox One: 40GB HDD Space
  • PlayStation 4: 40GB HDD Space
  • PlayStation 3: 7GB HDD Space
  • Xbox 360: 7GB

It's also worth nothing that The Evil Within requires a mandatory install to the Xbox 360's HDD or a USB 2.0 (or higher) flash drive.

The Evil Within, which has just gone gold, launches on 14th October 2014.

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