We are only hours away from the release of Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most awaited titles of 2020 and a next-gen game that has presumably reach godlike status without having been released yet. We have already seen this game suffer multiple delays, but the time has finally come, and everyone is at the edge of their seats waiting to hit download.
However, one of the biggest questions boggling people’s minds now is if their PC can run the game on launch. And with all the trailers and leaked footage of gameplay, the sheer quality of graphics has gamers and critics both in awe but quivering that it might bring their system to its knees.
What Are The Minimum Requirements?
Based on Cybperunk’s own system requirements, CD Projekt Red makes it seem that the game can be run on a lower-end system at lower graphics but with ease. The chart says that to play at 1080p low settings, you will need an Intel Core i5-3570K or AMD FX-8310, paired with a GTX 780 or Radeon RX 470, and at least 8 GB of RAM.
In theory, the game seems to be optimized since it can run on lower-end systems, but these requirements aren’t indicative of what the final product will be like on release. Going off of the trailers’ visual fidelity and the independent benchmark results of other testers, it’s not looking too bright for those with lower-end systems.
These minimum requirements will severely hamper your gaming experience and might even make the game unplayable unless we see the on-the launch hotfix/patch be geared towards the player base who play on the low end.
How About The Recommended Specs?
As for the recommended specs, CD Projekt Red recommends at least an Intel Core i7-4790 or Ryzen 3 3200G, GTX 1060/1660 Super or Radeon RX 590, and at least 12 GB of RAM. We feel that these system requirements are much more realistic for the target mark of 1080p high settings, but there is a slight fear that these specs might not get over the threshold of a smooth and buttery experience above 60fps.
So, it might be safer to stay within the range of recently released CPUs, GPUs, and at least 16 GB of RAM. If you want to unlock the full visual capability of Cyberpunk 2077, you will most definitely want a high-end system that can bust out Ray Tracing technology.
What’s The Most Necessary Upgrade?
Of course, if you don’t want to make your PC heat up like a madman and require an immediate call for computer repair, getting an upgrade is necessary to get a good gameplay experience. With that said, you will want to squeeze out a bit of a budget because these parts aren’t that affordable, but be on the lookout for the following:
- Your Graphics Card: Number one on your list will go to the GPU, and because Cyberpunk 2077 heavily relies on graphics, most of your gaming potential is straddled to this component. You will want at least a GTX 1660 Super, but we recommend bumping that up to any of the RTX 20-series cards to guarantee a better experience.
- A New CPU: Secondly, you wouldn’t want to bottleneck your GPU with a bad processor, so if your CPU is relatively old, you might want to upgrade to something newer and faster. We recommend securing something with at least 6-cores and 12-threads because games are starting to make use of them. However, if there are 4-cores 8-threads options available at a reasonable price, these can also last you a long time but are not futureproof.
- Adding More RAM: Lastly, you will want at least 16 GB of RAM or more because this will affect the number of frames and smoothness of the gameplay. If you’re on a Ryzen system, make sure to get speeds of at least 3200 MHz because they love faster clock speeds.
Don’t Compromise Your Visual Experience
In terms of sheer visual fidelity, Cyberpunk 2077 is leading up to be one of the most breathtaking games of 2020. And if you don’t want to compromise your visual experience, you might want to reconsider getting that upgrade before the game gets spoiled for you.