Civilization: Beyond Earth System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 12:30 PM
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Civilization: Beyond Earth's announcement was treated with the kind of fervour you come to expect from a game series fully encapable of engulfing your life whole. Entire months and more than a few marriages have probably been lost to the all-encompassing Civilization series, as that just-one-more-turn factor leads to many a bleary-eyed Monday morning. 

To make matters even worse, Civilization: Beyond Earth is the spiritual successor to the fondly-remembered Alpha Centauri, blasting the series away from the confines of Earth into an enticing intergalactic adventure. Colonising strange alien worlds and unearthing bizarre futuristic technology, it's Civilization taken to the next level. Before you boot up Sid Meier's latest though, you'll need to know whether your PC's ready for blast-off, so read on to check out the Civilization: Beyond Earth system requirements.

Civilization: Beyond Earth Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista 32-bit (Service Pack 2)
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 256 MB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 256MB or AMD Radeon HD 3650
  • HDD: 8GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • Audio: DX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
  • Net: One-time internet connection required for installation

Civilization: Beyond Earth Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6400 2.13 GHz or AMD Phenom 9100e Quad-Core 1.8 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1024 MB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD 5750  

You can always rely on the Civilization series to deliver some friendly system requirements, and Civilization: Beyond Earth is no different. While there's a slight increase from Civilization V's requirements, there's not much here that's too alarming. A 1.8 GHz dual-core processor is definitely on the lower end of the scale, as is the 2GB RAM and 256 MB VRAM, while the ever-reliable GeForce 8800 GT once more comes into play here.

One thing that is unusual is the need for DirectX 11 in the Civilization: Beyond Earth requirements, considering the 8800 GT and the Radeon HD 3650 are DX10 and 10.1 compliant respectively. Considering the other requirements we would expect this to be a mistake on Firaxis' part, with DirectX 10 being the minimum for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth.

Any form of quad-core processor is needed for the recommended requirements for Civilization: Beyond Earth, as well as a fairly modest 4GB RAM and either a GeForce GTS 450 or a Radeon HD 5750. Most PCs bought within the last few years should be more than capable of this, and it is worth remembering that Civilization: Beyond Earth is turn-based, so you'll probably be able to get away with some pretty low frame rates if you want to test the lower-end of these system requirements. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Civilization: Beyond Earth System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Civilization: Beyond Earth benchmark chart. What do you make of the Civilization: Beyond Earth system requirements? Let us know! 

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19:17 Aug-22-2014

can you still choose what empire you're in for instance ottoman, persian, greek, arabic, chinese?


after all they are going from earth to an other planet? maybe the leader of a sertain empire will be on the new planet too?!

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07:22 Aug-19-2014

[...] it is worth remembering that Civilization: Beyond Earth is turn-based, so you'll probably be able to get away with some pretty low frame rates [...]



True, but then moving around the screen is a pain in the ... you know where

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16:48 Aug-15-2014

Had interest in Civs 5 but never picked it up, is this one gonna be worth getting?

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17:16 Aug-15-2014

Civ 5 was a really buggy game but after some dlc's and update most of them got down. It was still a pretty good damn game. I think the new one won't be that buggy so it will probably be worth.

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14:33 Aug-15-2014

"Any form of quad-core processor "


You mean except for the Pentium J series right?

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14:06 Aug-15-2014

Now what? Civ in the universe?

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13:34 Aug-15-2014

It should be "intragalactic" and not "intergalactic" in the second paragraph...

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14:11 Aug-15-2014

I presumed it was outside our galaxy, is it supposed to be inside?

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21:23 Aug-15-2014

It's seems extremely unlikely that humanity would have the sufficient technology for inter-galactic travel by the time of Civ: Beyond Earth.

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11:05 Aug-16-2014

Our Galaxy is massive (The Milky way), even if space ships travelled at the speed of light it will take hundreds of thousands of light years to leave the Milky way. Even all the stories from Mass Effect and Star Wars took place in only one galaxy.

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17:09 Aug-16-2014

Most Sci Fi we see takes place within a single galaxy (usually Spiral like our Milky Way) - Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo, Mass Effect, the list goes on...

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13:33 Aug-15-2014

Nice :)

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13:28 Aug-15-2014

can i run this max 60 fps

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13:36 Aug-15-2014

game debate has a list of cpu's and gpu's with their respective ratings. Instead of asking such dumb questions, just look it up.

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14:43 Aug-15-2014

no need to hate or be rude man, he was asking a simple question.

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14:01 Aug-15-2014

yes running max with a 60 fps will be easy, pretty nice rig you got there

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14:26 Aug-15-2014

thanks

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12:48 Aug-15-2014

Can't wait can't wait

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12:37 Aug-15-2014

Easy to run, just as I expected.

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