Dead Rising 3's got some ridiculously hefty minimum system requirements. Suspiciously hefty in fact, a matter which was confirmed when we let a seriously underpowered rig have a go at Capcom's zombie-basher to some pleasing results. It turns out Capcom sets the bar pretty high when it comes to minimum system requirements, and many gamers well under it may still be able to play Dead Rising: Apocalypse Edition on PC.
The minimum requirements for Dead Rising 3 request at least a GeForce GTX 570 and 6GB RAM, so were naturally a little bit worried when let our rig with a GeForce GTX 650 and 4GB RAM loose on Dead Rising 3. The results surprised us, so we even dusted off our old faithful 'Jerry' to see if he could handle it. Locked and loaded with an AMD Radeon 6670, we thought our odds weren't great, but you can even get a moderately playable experience out of this aging beast.
Doing a little digging, we unearthed some information from a Capcom developer who goes by the name "wbacon", who said "Many of you have asked -- what does the min spec / rec spec mean for Dead Rising 3 and my particular PC setup? Short answer is if you have a min spec machine, you will be able to play the game at 30fps at Low settings, which still looks very nice.
"If your system meets the recommended specs, you will be able to play the game at High settings and at 1080p resolution. That’s what we've formally tested at, and that is the consistent experience you can expect from the minimum and recommended specs outlined on the store page."
The implication here is that the minimum system requirements for Dead Rising 3 will allow you to play it at the lowest settings and 720p resolution, and it will never dip below 30 FPS no matter how much carnage you throw it. We know that a lot of you with lower-powered systems would be happy to play Dead Rising 3 with a slightly lower frame rate, which wbacon is aware of, writing "some of you may still attempt to play the game below the official min spec. Naturally the game is a lot more susceptible to regular dips below 30fps when there are lots of objects, complex geometry, and/or explosions on screen."
That means you can get away with less powerful hardware for Dead Rising 3, at the expense of not having a rock steady 30 FPS. We put a couple of cards performing below the minimum requirements to see how they stacked up, and you can see the results for yourself below.
Dead Rising 3 Benchmark Comparison AMD Radeon HD 6670, GeForce GTX 650, and GeForce GTX 570
The Radeon HD 6670 definitely struggled and is right at the bottom of where we would say Dead Rising 3 is a playable experience. Those frame rate drops down to 16 make it a difficult experience to play and not one we'd necessarily recommend. The GeForce GTX 650 performs quite a bit better, only dipping as low as 22 FPS when we threw everything at it, but pulling in an average frame rate of 30 throughout normal gameplay.
On our Dead Rising 3 Graphics Card benchmark and comparison page you can check to see how your card stacks up in comparison to the Radeon HD 6670 and the GeForce GTX 650 to determine how playable your Dead Rising 3 experience will be. Anything above the Radeon HD 6670 should be just about playable, while anything around the power of the GeForce GTX 650 will deliver a pretty solid experience with occasional dips.
Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition should be unlocking worldwide on Steam for everyone tomorrow, on September 5th. If you give Dead Rising 3 a go and you've got a system below the minimum requirements we'd love to know what sort of frame rates you are getting, be sure to let us know your benchmarks and specs in the comments section below!