When you think of Croteam, the development studio behind the Serious Sam series, you probably think of beheaded kamikaze bombers, raging sirian werebulls, and an unthinkably large armoury stashed in his backpack, complete with dozens of cannonballs. You probably don't start philosophising, which is where its next game The Talos Principle might surprise you. 

A first-person sci-fi puzzle game much in the vein of Portal, The Talos Principle has the player exploring a visually stunning world crammed full of environmental puzzles and asking complex philosophical questions. It's got some serious pedigree behind it, including The Swapper and FTL writer Tom Jubert, and has been scooping up best-in-show awards for yonks now. To find out whether your gaming PC is an equal to Socrates though read on to check out the official The Talos Principle system requirements.

The Talos Principle Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP 32-bit Service Pack 3
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 2.0GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5000+ 2.6GHz
  • RAM: 2GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 512MB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8600 GS or AMD Radeon HD 3600
  • HDD: 8GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • DX: DirectX 9
  • Audio: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card 

The Talos Principle Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1024MB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 or AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • DX: DirectX 11

As you can see from The Talos Principle system requirements there's a heavy degree of scalability on offer here. From what we've seen it can be an absolutely gorgeous game at times, but the minimum requirements for Talos Principle suggest gamers will be able to dial the settings right down. The dual-core 2GHz processors and the graphics cards are getting on a bit now, and not many PC gamers should really have a problem with this. 

The recommended requirements are an order of magnitude but there's nothing too troubling. The GeForce GTX 480 might seem like quite a demand on paper but in reality it should pose a problem for many. The jury's still out on how fast-paced The Talos Principle will be, so you could well get away with a lower frame rate if it's more methodical puzzle solving. As is standard now you're going to want at least 4GB of memory for it to run its finest, while you'll need a pretty decent processor equivalent at least to the Core 2 Quad Q9650 or the Phenom II X4 40, both clocked at 3.0GHz.

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What do you think of these system requirements? Impressed by how low Croteam has managed to keep the minimum?