Written By: Alex Westphal
The minimum operating specs for “Assassin’s Creed: Unity” on PC have been posted on Developer/Publisher Ubisoft’s boards, and I can assure you that you will probably not be playing it (or at least not without $700 minimum entry into a beefy processor and video card).
The recommended minimums are one thing - and many gamers already have this readily available hardware - but the recommended hardware is a different story. Any gamer could easily own both a PS4 and an Xbox One (and two copies of the game) for the money it would take to get just the recommended video card and processor. Check out the official list below (along with prices from NewEgg.com/Amazon):
Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64bit versions only)
Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz ($360)or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz ($200) or AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.0 GHz
Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz ($317) or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz ($200) or better
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 ($499) or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB VRAM) ($549)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 ($665) or AMD Radeon R9 290X (3 GB VRAM) ($659)
Hard Drive Space
50 GB available space
It's interesting to note that Ubisoft has come to something of crossroads in the process of developing Unity; that is, is it okay to sacrifice the quality of a game to promote market accessibility, or stick to artistic expectations and release a product that not as many PC gamers will spend the money on?
It would appear, at the time of this article, that Ubisoft has hedged their bets on the console versions making the bulk of the profit; and with pre-orders in their last days (historically, the series does 500k-1 million in p.o.'s, alone), it will only be another week until we find out if it all paid off for the mammoth publisher.
So, what do you think? Time to upgrade the video card? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!