You Might Need a New Graphics Card for The Evil Within on PC

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Tango Gameworks’ upcoming horror thriller, The Evil Within, is rapidly approaching its October 14th release date. While console gamers are content with their pre-orders and such, PC gamers have been pondering a very critical piece of information – the game’s system requirements on PC.

Now we’ve gotten confirmation via Bethesda Softworks for not the system requirements, rather an ultimatum of sorts. You literally can’t make this up but here goes – they’re not saying these are the required specifications, but they’re warning fans with anything below the following specifications that the game may not run optimally:

  • 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
  • i7 with four plus cores
  • 4 GBs RAM
  • 50 GB of hard drive space*
  • GeForce GTX 670 or equivalent with 4GBs of VRAM
  • High Speed Internet Connection
  • Steam account and activation

Bethesda elaborated on their stance, on their official blog:

“We do not have a list of minimum requirements for the game. If you’re trying to play with a rig with settings below these requirements (you should plan to have 4 GBs of VRAM regardless), we cannot guarantee optimal performance.”

So, to reiterate this kerfuffle, if you don’t have these specs on your rig, the game may not run well, or maybe not even at all. What do you guys think? Is the 4GB of VRAM a tad bit ridiculous?

The Evil Within will launch across Playstation 3, Playstation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on October 14th in North America and Europe, on October 16th in New Zealand, and on October 23rd in Japan.

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  1. Alex
    September 25, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Well you have to take into account that this being released on the new systems as well. High vram reqs are going to be the norm until high gddr is adopted in the pc space.

    Should also note that because this is being released on the last gen of consoles as well, it’s not like there won’t be a gimped version for people (like me) to play.

  2. stryk
    September 25, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    What’s up with recent PC games and these large ass file sizes? Titanfall, Wolfenstein: New Order and now this!

    Granted, it’s nothing if you’ve got >500GB hard drive, but still. The largest game I have on my PC is The Witcher 2 and that’s 25 GB, iirc. 50 GB seems like overkill for a survival horror game.

    EDIT: Scratch that, it’s 41 GB really (It’s only 50GB during installation. I guess the extra 9 are just temporary files?). Still though. 41GB seems unexpected, though.

  3. zeroroute
    September 26, 2014 at 12:32 am

    inb4 bethesda says, “oh we mean for 4k”

  4. Prospero
    September 26, 2014 at 4:39 am


  5. B.E.
    September 26, 2014 at 5:57 am

    This isn’t really shocking. They should know round about the kind of PC setup you need to have to match what you’ll get from the ps4/xbox1.

    But…are we wanting the bare minimum requirements? LIke, what sort of rig you need to run the game with every slider set to low? The answer to that is going to be a lot more hard to gauge. Especially with no background to work on.

    We’ve gotten use too games made with known, bug-tested tech. Next-gen stuff never is right off the bat. Its just been a decade or more since this has come up. Even if Bethesda say gave us some minimum requirements..they would be guessing at best.

    More over, any ‘recommended’ are going to be very high-balled..because that’s the only thing they will have extensively tested their new tech out on enough to make money-risking claims about.

    Chances are that the game should run on much lower specs then what was listed in the article. That if they do not, it is not because the game demands more but because it is not optimized for PC performance.

  6. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    September 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Doubtful. The same thing was said for Rage and later Wolfenstein, and I did fine with a 2GB AMD 6950 running mid-to-high settings.

    They mainly over-estimate this to quell all the kids who will go “BUT DADDY BOUGHT ME THIS AND SAID I COULD RUN IT WAAAAAAHH!”

    For the rest of us, we’ll do fine.

  7. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    September 27, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Me and a friend were discussing this the other day. The theory is the language packs. Or, the other theory is that they are lazy asses that aren’t compressing their textures and they are neglecting to do this mainly to deter piracy.

    Which they claims seems to be working.

  8. LurkerJK
    September 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    this, part they are not compressing things, part they are installing language packs or texture packs you will never use, seems the digital age did not come with the “download only what is needed” feature

    its probably half lazyness half to reduce load times, i would rather have my hd and download times back, i can imagine SSD enthusiasts going insane with their tiny little drives of speed +1

  9. LurkerJK
    September 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    i find this doubtful, many high end cards have 2 or 3gb of vram, are they going to say you need a titan next ?

    the steam survey says only 4% have higher vram than 2gbs (and 14% are “other” which im guessing includes the 6gb vram titans but i doubt that percentage is higher than 3gbs), are they going to tell everyone else “your game will not work with less than a $1000 usd card” ?

    maybe they are reqs for running the game at 4k ? i can imagine that eating ram like crazy

    also note it says 4gb of RAM as well, its so easy to add a V there for a PR person that doesnt know what he is talking about

  10. artemisthemp
    September 30, 2014 at 6:48 am

    4GB VRAM? That’s insane.
    It’s a good thing that, I will be playing it on a PS4 and won’t have to waste cash on a new card