The next-generation of racing game is here and so is the next generation of racing game system requirements. Ubisoft's The Crew takes in the sights and sounds of hundreds upon hundreds of miles of American roads, stretching coast to coast of the good ol' US of A. 

The Crew's persistent online open world reportedly takes as much as two hours to drive across in your brand spanking new Maserati, during which you can take part in on-the-fly online matchmaking as you tear it past more than a 1000 iconic landmarks. To cruise over the Hoover Dam in the blink of an eye though you'll a gaming PC up to snuff, so before you lay down your pre-order be sure to check out The Crew system requirements...

The Crew Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5 GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 512MB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or AMD Radeon HD 4870
  • DX: DirectX 10

The Crew Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
  • CPU: 2.66 GHz Quad Core Intel Core i5-750 or 3.0GHz AMD Phenom II X4 940
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 or AMD Radeon HD 6870
  • DX: DirectX 11

Ubisoft claim that The Crew minimum system requirements are suitable for the lowest possible video settings and at 1280 x 720 resolution (720p). Meanwhile the recommended system requirements for The Crew are suitable for medium to graphics settings at 1920 x 1080 resolution (1080p).

As far as we are aware The Crew is the debut title to run on developer Ivory Tower's Babel engine, so unfortunately there is no precedent as to how well optimised this graphics engine may be. Previous poorly-optimised titles from the Ubisoft stable have typically ran on the Anvil or AnvilNext engines, so if this is a dedicated racing game engine that could prove a boost for PC gamers.

For now though it has to be said that The Crew system requirements are fairly high, although fairly similar in demands to EA's Need For Speed: Rivals. While every game can't be as well optimised as GRID Autosport's astoundingly low requirements, The Crew basically needs a DirectX 10-capable machine with a a 2.5GHz quad-core processor and a relatively modern graphics card. 4GB RAM is becoming a standard for minimum settings nowadays so this was to be expected, but it's definitely The Crew's CPU requirements that could prove a problem for many. Unfortunately The Crew's vast open world comes at a cost and as seen with titles like the Arma series this can prove to be hugely CPU intensive. 

The Crew's recommended system requirements are pretty high indeed, so if you want Ivory Tower's racer looking its best you'll a top-notch rig to do it. 8GB of system memory, a GeForce GTX 580 or Radeon HD 6870 GPU and quad-core i5 and Phenom processors make The Crew quite a demanding experience.

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the The Crew System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users.

Compare your graphics card to the The Crew benchmark chart.

What do you make of The Crew system requirements? Are these a little high for your tastes? Let us know!

Cheers Wolcan93 for the heads-up!