You may need a PC hardware upgrade to get the most out of ‘Battlefield 1’

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Electronic Arts has announced its system requirements for the upcoming Windows PC version of its first-person shooter Battlefield 1, revealing that even veteran PC gamers may need to upgrade their rigs in order to meet recommended standards.

The World War I-themed game demands a modest setup in order to run at minimum settings, but meeting the game’s recommended specs may require investing in more RAM and an upgraded video card.

Launching for consoles and PCs later this year, Battlefield 1 is a team-based first-person shooter that takes EA’s long-running franchise back to a World War I setting. Assuming control of one of several playable classes, players wield an arsenal of period-appropriate weaponry like bolt-action rifles, flamethrowers, and mustard gas.

Before heading into battle, PC players will want to make sure their hardware is up to speed. Battlefield 1 requires a 64-bit version of Windows 7, 8, or 10 in order to function at a basic level, and minimum specs recommend an AMD FX-6350 or Intel Core i5 6600K processor or equivalent. Players will also need at least 8 GB of RAM, along with an AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB or nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB-caliber graphics card.

Battlefield 1‘s recommended specs are much more demanding in comparison. To get the most out of the game, developer EA DICE recommends an AMD FX 8350 Wraith or Intel Core i7 4790 or equivalent processor, along with 16 GB of RAM. The studio also recommends a DirectX 11.1-compatible video card such as AMD’s Radeon RX 480 4GB or nVidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 3GB.

PC players will also need at least 50GB of free hard drive space and a 512 KBps or faster Internet connection in order to experience the game’s featured multiplayer modes. According to EA DICE, Battlefield 1‘s upgraded Frostbite engine is the culprit behind the game’s rigorous system requirements.

“The Frostbite version used in Battlefield 1 is the most optimized yet, enabling us to push more content than we’ve ever done before,” said Per-Olof Romell, EA DICE director of technology. “Lots of improvement to the network code and servers simulating at 60Hz makes it the most solid Battlefield ever.”

Battlefield 1 launches for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs on October 18.

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