Forspoken was promoted from the start as a demonstration of PS5 and PC hardware, with cutting-edge features like quick game loading thanks to solid-state drives and AI upscaling. The energy requirements of the “magical parkour” game have only become clear today.
Now that Square Enix has released the PC system requirements, I’m unsure if my mid-range gaming PC can run the game. To play this game at a pitiful 720p resolution at just 30 frames per second, you’ll need a 3.7GHz Core i7 processor or more, 16GB of RAM, and 150GB of hard drive space.
Even with the recommended configuration of 24 GB of RAM, an RTX 3070 or greater graphics card, and an SSD, the frame rate will only reach 30 fps while playing. Square Enix and Luminous Productions recommend a rig with an RX 6800 XT or RTX 4080, 32GB of RAM, an NVMe SSD, and a somewhat current enthusiast-class CPU if you want 4K resolution and/or 60 frames per second.
I’m playing it on PS5 because my computer has an RTX 3060 Ti, and I wouldn’t say I like the direction the newest GPUs are going. However, based on the recent free PS5 demo, I should be able to expect between 30 and 40 frames per second.
New Forspoken Gameplay Trailer 💙 pic.twitter.com/Jep1rIa2KJ
— JayRock (@JAAY_ROCK_) January 18, 2023
It’s unclear if the PC version of the game is underoptimized. Still, it’s important to note that it uses the developer’s Luminous Engine rather than Unreal Engine 5 (even if the two are easily confused). To get the most out of Forspoken, 32GB of RAM is recommended, even if you have no plans to revamp your gaming machine otherwise wholly.
I was in the "maybe Forspoken will turn out okay" camp but each new thing feels like it's a different DEFCON level of red flags pic.twitter.com/FPFMlKDBdL
— Paul Tassi (@PaulTassi) January 18, 2023
DDR4 pricing is at an all-time low, and games gradually demand more memory. However, Returnal no longer recommends 32GB of RAM unless you’re playing at 4K. So far as I can tell, you can purchase 2x16GB for $110 or less, based on some quick research I conducted on several popular 32GB kits. In case you couldn’t read the graphic perfectly, here are the minimum specifications in bullet point form:
Minimum (720p 30fps)
- AMD Ryzen 5 1600 or Intel Core i7-3770 (3.7GHz or better)
- AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
- 16GB RAM
- 160GB hard drive space
Recommended (1440p 30fps)
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or Intel Core i7-8700K (3.7GHz or better)
- AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB or Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 8GB
- 24GB RAM
- 150GB solid-state drive
Ultra (4K 60fps)
- AMD Ryzen 5 5800X or Intel Core i7-12700 (3.8GHz or better)
- AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB or Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 16GB
- 32GB RAM
- 150GB NVMe solid-state drive
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is Forspoken only on PS5?
Forspoken, being exclusive to the current generation, makes good use of the more powerful hardware by having a sizable download size. The game's pre-load size on PS5 is a massive 87.275GB and it will be available on the 22nd of January.
Will Forspoken be available on PC?
On January 24th, 2023, Forspoken will be available for the PlayStation 5 and Windows PC.
Is Forspoken a open world game?
Thanks to her special skills, Frey can move around freely and confidently in the world. Scale walls, vault across canyons, leap from frightening heights, and race through enormous vistas.