Hogwarts Legacy’s system specs seem pretty reasonable for what’s on offer

Along with its big preview at Gamescom, Hogwarts Legacy Steam Page (opens in a new tab) has been updated to include suggested system requirements. While our peers from GamesRadar (opens in a new tab) are right to wonder how this thing will ever work on Nintendo Switch, its PC requirements seem pretty reasonable to me for a big-budget, open-world RPG.

Minimum Hogwarts Legacy requirements (1080p, 60fps, low settings)

  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • API: DirectX 12
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen 5 2600
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 or AMD RX Vega 56
  • Storage: 85 GB of available space (SSD preferred)
  • High-end performance tuning
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • API: DirectX 12
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8700 or AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 1080 Ti or AMD RX 5700 XT
  • Storage: 85 GB of available space (SSD preferred)
  • High-end quality tuning

I initially had a bit of a shock with the GTX 1070 as the minimum graphics choice, the same as the minimum suggested by Elden Ring, but that’s not really fair. The 1070s are over six years old now, long enough in the tooth for a mid-high tier card. The fact that it will apparently push 1080p resolution and 60fps performance in a 2023 AAA release is actually pretty amazing.

“Minimal” performance has come a long way since the horrible, Games For Windows Live, 720p/30fps-locked Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition port. Frugal gamers might be able to get more of Legacy’s resolution/frame rate compromised experiences with even older hardware.

Game performance appears to be aided by image reconstruction technology – the “high-end quality/performance setting” mentioned in the requirements. It appears to be either Avalanche’s own solution or AMD’s FSR, as Nvidia DLSS would not work with older GTX and Radeon cards in those specs.

I’m a bit confused by the proverbial half-step for the game’s recommended settings⁠ – 1080p, 60fps at high settings on a similar i7-8700/GTX 1080 Ti combo. This space might have been better used to suggest material for higher resolutions, but it’s a pretty decent start and strictly theoretical conversation for now. We’ll have to wait until February 10 to see how Hogwarts Legacy actually works.

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