The Division's recommended PC specifications will put your rig to the test

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When the recommended specifications for the Oculus Rift were released late last year, it caused much consternation as people tried to figure out the best time to upgrade their systems to meet the quite steep hardware requirements. Fortunately, it gives us quite a good benchmark for other PC based experiences, so we can happily say that if you can meet the Rift’s minimum requirements, you can run The Division.

They aren’t one and the same, and in reality the recommended specifications for The Division are a little higher, but they are pretty close. If you aren’t familiar with VR, however, or just want to check, here’s the full hardware requirements for the upcoming third person shooter.

Minimum requirements

CPU Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD FX6100
RAM 6GB
Graphics Nvidia GTX 560 or AMD HD7770
VRAM 2GB
HDD 40GB
OS Windows 7, 8.1, 10 (64bit only)

Nothing here is particularly demanding. The CPU, while a quad-core i5, is almost five years old, and the graphics cards aren’t much younger. The only potential pitfall many games don’t have 2GB of VRAM on their GPU. According to Steam’s hardware survey, there’s still more than a third of all gamers who have just one gigabyte or less.

Related: Tom Clancy’s The Division beta will finally kick off at the end of January

Recommended requirements

CPU Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX8350
RAM 8GB
Graphics Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290
VRAM 4GB
HDD 40GB
OS Windows 7, 8.1, 10 (64bit only)

The recommended specifications are a little heftier and suggest that a much smaller number of gamers will be able to play the game with everything turned on. While we’ll need to wait for the beta to find out for sure, we would imagine you’d need quite a powerful system to run a game like this at full tilt.

Fortunately, The Division has been shown to come complete with a very in-depth graphical settings menu, so depending on your hardware configuration, you may be able to wring more performance and beauty out of the game by catering its back-end settings to your system’s strengths.

For a full break down of what’s required to play The Division, check out the Ubisoft blog.

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