UPDATE: Remedy Entertainment has clarified that its original recommended specifications are, in fact, to play the game on Ultra.
The new recommended settings are an i5-4690 or AMD equivalent and a GTX 970 or Radeon R 390, which are far more reasonable.
Still, a GTX 980 Ti, rather than a GTX 980, seems a little overkill for Ultra settings. Ultra needs to provide fairly noticeable improvements over high to justify the performance increase.
Also, keep in mind that if Quantum Break for the Xbox One gets even close to Ultra, or even matches High settings, it’s still means optimisation issues.
But not to be pessimists, we’re really excited to have Quantum Break coming to PC, especially now that we know we can actually play it. Just don’t forget that you need Windows 10.
Original Story: Given Remedy Entertainment’s success on the PC with Alan Wake, Quantum Break’s PC release was an inevitability, a formality really.
Consider Microsoft’s renewed interest for the PC, something they’ve been harping on about for some time now, and there was no way they’d let a game with production values like this go to waste.
It’s great news, certainly; Quantum Break looks very promising – even if the Windows 10-only support stings a bit.
The one issue we have is the recommended specifications for the PC release. They’re quite literally the highest we’ve ever seen.
That’s because Quantum Break recommends an Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD equivalent, 16GB of RAM and a GTX 980Ti or AMD R9 Fury X.
That’s an absurd requirement, explained only by some seriously poor optimisation or reference to 4K resolution.
Even when accounting for the closed-platform nature of the Xbox One, the GTX 980 Ti and R9 Fury X run circles around the console. And for good reason too; they cost nearly as much as three times the console.
Even the minimum requirements are oddly high:
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Memory: 8GB of RAM
CPU: Intel Core i5-46460 or AMD FX-6300 CPU
GPU: Nvidia GTX 760 or Radeon R7 260x
We’re not sure, to be honest.
We’d love to recommend Quantum Break; purchasing the game for Xbox One means getting Alan Wake for free, and American Nightmare if you pre-order it. And if you pre-order it from the Xbox Store you get the game for PC as well as American Nightmare, all for free.
There’s a lot to praise, but PC gamers should probably be a little more cautious.
Want to know more about the Xbox One release of Quantum Break? We’d recommend the recent Xbox Wire piece found here.