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Minimum system requirements released for Shattered Horizon

Minimum system requirements released for Shattered Horizon

shattered_horizon_ss_06Futuremark released the system requirements for their upcoming zero-g FPS Shattered Horizon.

As a DirectX 10-only title, Windows Vista or Windows 7 will be required.

Minimum requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 / AMD Athlon64 X2 5600+
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 3870
  • GPU memory: 256MB
  • Hard disk space: 1.5 GB
  • RAM: 2GB

Recommended Configuration:

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 / AMD Phenom II X4 940
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 / ATI Radeon HD 4870
  • GPU memory: 512MB
  • Hard disk space: 1.5GB
  • RAM: 2GB

It is interesting to note the relatively high CPU requirements. As a general rule, the “recommended” configuration for any game is usually the lowest standard that makes the game truly playable at an enjoyable level of quality, while minimum configurations are generally what it takes to get the game to actually launch.

Futuremark has always been known for pushing the frontier of hardware usage with their 3D benchmark software, and is also known for being unforgiving to anything other than high-end systems. Regarding the relatively high system requirements, Futuremark’s Jukka Mäkinen says,

“PCs are rapidly leaving the consoles behind when it comes to graphical capabilities. Because Shattered Horizon is being developed exclusively for the PC we haven’t had to make any compromises. Everything, from graphics and controls, through to the interface and dedicated server support, has been designed for PC gamers who love to play FPS games.”

Windows 7 is relatively inexpensive, and with low cost DirectX 10 capable video cards currently on the market, it may be time to upgrade if you want to play Shattered Horizon.

Comments

  1. Thrax
    Thrax I am overjoyed to <i>finally</i> see minimum/recommended hardware specs that aren't tailored to the horsepower of a toaster.

    //EDIT: You know, I'm also interested to see how a game like this performs for real. Many games being pawned as AAA PC titles are just console ports, or games that were programmed with consoles in mind. Having a title exclusively optimized for PC hardware and modern GPU architecture intrigues me.
  2. Jasdemi
    Jasdemi Oh damn, that's hot. A game made by Futuremark. Finally something that will push my GTX295 to its limit. :P
  3. Dan
    Dan Umm, so you need to purchase that shitty operating system again? No thanks.
  4. Kibo
    Kibo >implying people buy operating systems.
  5. Cliff_Forster
    Cliff_Forster Dan / Kibo,

    Seriously, if you want to be a serious PC gamer going forward you more or less need to take the leap of faith off of mount XP and dive into the lush oasis that is Windows 7. XP limits you to DirectX 9 and that just aint going to cut it going forward.
  6. primesuspect
    primesuspect Why feed the trolls?

    "I CAME TO COMMENT To tell you that I am not interested in this game that I cannot play on my platform of choice, to inform you all that my viewpoint should be very important. I hope that I raise your ire enough to return fire so that we can continue in what will prove to be a fruitless and ultimately unfulfilling repartee."
  7. pigflipper
    pigflipper lulz

    At least my new system will be able to run a top tier game for the first time ever.
  8. CrazyJoe
    CrazyJoe I'm pissed off that this game won't run on my Dell GX1 running Win98. If I want to play a cutting edge game and have the characters looks as blocky as Gumby I should be able to do that... It's ok, my SNES is good enough gaming for me... 16 bit gaming is just fine...
  9. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx Did somebody really just greentext and go all implying on us in our comments? What is this, 4chan /v/?

    I can't wait for this game. I'm with Thrax, I'm overjoyed to see a game that requires the top tier hardware percentile to play. no excuses, no compromises. Push the technology boundaries and give the PC platform it's deserved focus on the ultra high-end.

    graphics. Om nom nom.
  10. CrazyJoe
    CrazyJoe I concur, this game looks awesome and I cannot wait...
  11. Bill
    Bill This pisses me off. I want a game I can run. I have a 1.6 ghz dual core processor and 3 gigs of ram. Wow, my parents are cheap! I will have to ask for a 2.8 quad for Christmas. Damn, that is a lot of money.
  12. Thrax
    Thrax An update:

    I have a Core 2 Duo clocked to 3.5GHz, 4GB of RAM and a GTX 275. I can run this game at 1680x1050, max in-game settings, 8xCSAA and 16xAA just fine. Framerates are above 30 at all times, and no stuttering. Runs beautifully.
  13. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm
    Bill wrote:
    This pisses me off. I want a game I can run. I have a 1.6 ghz dual core processor and 3 gigs of ram. Wow, my parents are cheap! I will have to ask for a 2.8 quad for Christmas. Damn, that is a lot of money.

    So buy games you can run. Nobody said you have to buy Shattered Horizons. Play some Tales of Monkey Island or Machinarium. It's not like you're automatically entitled to every game that comes out or something...
  14. AlexDeGruven
    AlexDeGruven
    Bill wrote:
    This pisses me off. I want a game I can run. I have a 1.6 ghz dual core processor and 3 gigs of ram. Wow, my parents are cheap! I will have to ask for a 2.8 quad for Christmas. Damn, that is a lot of money.

    If you want to play top-tier games, you'll need to invest in top-tier hardware.

    Don't enter a '91 Ford Escort into a Formula 1 race.

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