DayZ has taken its merry time shuffling its way to a full retail release, but the zombie-slaying online survival sim has finally made its way to Steam with an early alpha release of DayZ Standalone.
DayZ Standalone is the follow-up to the incredibly popular Arma II mod, DayZ, pitting you and dozens of other players up against impending zombie doom. Already featuring over 230km² of landmass, this looks like one not to miss. So be sure to check the DayZ Standalone Alpha System Requirements to see if your PC gives a double-tap to the zombie hordes or gets its brains devoured by the masses...
DayZ Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1
CPU: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.5 GHz
RAM: 2GB System Memory
GPU RAM: 512MB Graphics Memory
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 512MB or AMD Radeon HD 3830
DX: DirectX 9.0c
HDD: 10 GB Free Hard Drive Space
DayZ Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows 7 SP1
CPU: 2.8 GHz Quad Core Intel Core i5-2300 or 3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 940
RAM: 4 GB System Memory
GPU RAM: 1 GB Graphics Memory
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7750
HDD: 14 GB Free Hard Drive Space
The minimum requirements on DayZ look to be very reasonable for a game on this scale. Anyone who met the recommended requirements for the original DayZ mod should be comfortable playing this game.
The minimum requirements for DayZ standalone require the classic Nvidia GeForce 8800GT and upwards, as well as a dual-core processor clocked at at least 2.4GHz. It's worth bearing in mind that the more chaotic things get in DayZ the more your system's going to struggle. Those of you with PCs neared the minimum requirements will be fine during the slower-paced parts of the game but once it heats up may struggle to keep pace.
The recommended settings are a bitof step up, with the extra hard drive space evidently going to higher resolution textures which will be more demanding on systems. DayZ is fairly CPU dependent so having a higher-tier processor could also make a huge difference. Joining those larger servers it's probably best to have more than the minimum 2GB of RAM but overall this game isn't overly demanding for what it is, with the Arma II engine the game is based upon now over four years old.
Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the DayZ Standalone System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users.
Okay then, what do you think of these system requirements?
Have you already had a play, how does it run on your rig?