Studio, From Software, are notorious for releasing games that are massively difficult in nature. From the Dark Souls series to Sekiro, and the more recently rebooted Demon Souls, their games are known to be some of the hardest to play and beat. With the impending release of the newest release in their catalog, Elden Ring, fans will be saddened to know that it will be impossible to play. That impossibility has nothing to do with the difficulty though.
Elden Ring system requirements for PC players were shown on Steam earlier this week, but now they have officially been released. The tragic news is that these requirements will likely be out of the range of most PCs, at least the standard ones. From Software games are usually pretty fair when it comes to allowances given to PC players, but this time they have seemingly outdone themselves when it comes to the steep requirements needed. According to the newly posted requirements, players need 12GB of RAM to run the game, plus either an Nvidia GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580. That is hefty.
The Nvidia GRX 1060 retails for anywhere around $350 and up. The AMD Radeon RX 580 is essentially around the same price. The biggest issue here is that the world is still dealing with a microchip shortage, so those graphics cards even being available might make it that much harder to find them. Upgrading PCs is always a hassle, but with the ability to get the higher-level graphics cards becoming even harder in this current climate, fans might not be able to get the necessary hardware to play Elden Ring.
Those above requirements are just to run the game, but to run Elden Ring at the recommended specs, it will take RAM at 16GB and either an Nvidia GTX 1070 or AMD Radeon Vega 56. In case you wanted your heart shattered, those graphics cards are even more expensive. Both are coming in around $800 plus, depending on what retailer you are going through. Safe to say that it will be quite the challenge to even acquire the necessary upgrades for most PCs to even run the game.
What is strange about these steep PC requirements is that Elden Ring is going to be released on PS4 and Xbox One, which are both last-gen consoles. There is something odd going on with the transfer of requirements from old consoles to PC. There could be some optimization issues that have caused such a hike in requirements, so that might be corrected with some future patches. Either way, it’s not an ideal situation for those who aren’t packing the best of the best in their current rigs.
Elden Ring is set to release on February 22, 2022. In just a few short days, fans will get to enter the world that From Software and famed writer George R.R. Martin have built together. For those who are budget PC players, sorry, you might be able to stream someone else playing it for now. At least those who can’t play won’t be mad at how difficult the game is.