Horizon Forbidden West PC System Requirements Unveiled: Prepare for High Demands

March 5, 2024

In a much-anticipated announcement today, Nixxes Software and Guerrilla Games have lifted the veil on the comprehensive PC system requirements for Horizon Forbidden West, slated for release on March 21. However, PC gamers may need to brace themselves for some hefty demands to experience the game at its full glory.

Very Low Medium High Very High
AVG Performance 720P @ 30 FPS 1080P @ 60 FPS 1440P @ 60fps / 4K @ 30 FPS 4K @ 60 FPS
Processor Intel Core i3-8100 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X Intel Core i5-8600 or AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Intel Core i7-9700 or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Intel Core i7-11700 or AMD Ryzen 7 5700X
Memory 16GB RAM 16GB RAM 16GB RAM 16GB RAM
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB or AMD Radeon RX 5500XT 4GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 or AMD Radeon RX 5700 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 or AMD Radeon RX 7900XT
Storage 150GB SSD space 150GB SSD space 150GB SSD space 150GB SSD space
OS Windows 10 64-bit (version 1909 or higher) Windows 10 64-bit (version 1909 or higher) Windows 10 64-bit (version 1909 or higher) Windows 10 64-bit (version 1909 or higher)

The revealed specifications showcase a considerable demand for hardware prowess. Notably, prospective players will need a solid-state drive (SSD) with a minimum of 150GB of free space just to accommodate the game’s installation files. Moreover, for those aiming to immerse themselves in the rich landscapes of Horizon Forbidden West at 4K resolution and a buttery-smooth 60 frames per second, the bar is set even higher. The gaming rig must be equipped with either a GeForce RTX 4080 graphics card or the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT to handle the demands of the game’s ‘Very High’ graphics preset.

However, an aspect left somewhat ambiguous is whether these requirements account for the utilization of certain upscaling techniques. While the game is confirmed to support NVIDIA’s DLSS 3, Reflex, and DLAA, as well as AMD FSR and Intel XeSS upscale, the developers have not clarified if these are factored into the stated requirements. Additionally, Microsoft DirectStorage technology will be leveraged to deliver faster load times, promising a smoother gaming experience.

PC enthusiasts eager to dive into the world of Horizon Forbidden West will be able to obtain the game through popular platforms such as Steam and the Epic Games Store. The PC version will encompass both the base game and the much-anticipated Burning Shores DLC, ensuring players have access to the complete experience.

In parallel developments within the PC gaming sphere, NVIDIA has rolled out a new Game Ready driver, version 551.76, tailored specifically for The Thaumaturge, a tactical turn-based RPG. Developed by the studio tasked with remaking the iconic The Witcher game, The Thaumaturge promises to deliver an immersive experience. With support for NVIDIA DLSS 3 and Reflex, the game is poised to take advantage of cutting-edge technology for optimal performance.

However, alongside these exciting announcements, the official changelog accompanying the new driver release highlights several bug fixes aimed at enhancing the overall gaming experience. Notably, stability issues in The Talos Principle 2 when DLSS FG is enabled have been addressed, alongside fixes for video encoding issues on GeForce GTX 16xx GPUs and a resolution to Steamwebhelper.exe blocking notebook display mode switches.

As the gaming landscape continues to evolve with technological advancements, PC gamers are advised to stay abreast of hardware requirements and software updates to ensure seamless gameplay experiences. With Horizon Forbidden West on the horizon, anticipation is high among the gaming community, eager to embark on another epic adventure in one of gaming’s most beloved franchises.

Source: SONY

Jani Dushman
Jani Dushman

I'm Jani, a dedicated Tech Writer and Reviewer at Xiaomitoday. With a passion for exploring and dissecting the latest in technology, my mission is to bring you insightful and comprehensive reviews that empower your decision-making in the fast-evolving world of gadgets and tech.

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