Just a week out from the game's launch, the Forspoken PC requirements have been released, letting us know what kind of rig we're going to need to run it. To nobody's surprise, Square Enix's upcoming action-RPG is going to be a tough beast to tame with anything but the most up-to-the-minute hardware.
This news comes via Forspoken creative producer Raio Mitsuno on Twitter. Mitsuno revealed the PC specs for Forspoken earlier today, and even running the game at 720p and 30fps will have a pretty heavy hardware requirement. Obviously, running it at 4K and 60fps will require the kind of machine most of us can only dream of.
Here are Square Enix and Luminous Productions' recommendations for playing Forspoken on your PC. There are three different categories: Minimum, Recommended, and Ultra. They'll all require 64-bit versions of either Windows 10 (post-November 2019 update) or Windows 11.
Minimum specs (720p at 30fps)
- Intel Core i7-3770 (3.7GHz) or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (3.7GHz)
- Nvidia GeForce 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 550 XT 8GB
- 16GB of RAM
- 150GB of HDD or SSD space
Recommended (1440p at 30fps)
- Intel Core i7-8700K (3.7GHz) or AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (3.7GHz)
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 8GB or AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB
- 24GB of RAM
- 150GB of SSD space
Ultra (4K at 60fps)
- Intel Core i7-12700 or AMD Ryzen 5 5800X (3.8GHz)
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 16GB or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB
- 32GB of RAM
- 150GB of NVMe SSD space
As you can see, it'll be no trifling matter to run Forspoken on your PC. Just like with Hogwarts Legacy, the specs are pretty demanding, and Forspoken will also incorporate Denuvo DRM, which is proving to be a pretty unpopular move with the community. If your PC is a few years old, it sounds like you'll have a better time with this one on PS5.
An update to the Forspoken PS5 demo
If you are playing the game on PS5, then Mitsuno has some good news for you. He says the devs have been listening to the community and that they've incorporated some of the feedback they've received into Forspoken's PS5 demo, so you should have a smoother experience with it now.
Changes include the ability to alter button mapping, as well as an extension to the duration for which locked-on enemies remain your target when they move off-screen. In addition, text sizes "have been adjusted", and "various technical issues" have been fixed. Given that some of the fonts in the demo were a little hard to read, the text size change, in particular, is welcome.
Forspoken is due out for PS5 and PC on February 24th. The demo is available via the PlayStation Store right now, but unfortunately, there's no corresponding demo for PC players. Stay tuned to TechRaptor for more news on Square Enix and Luminous Productions' open-world RPG.