We’ve all been on tenterhooks holding out hope for GTA 5 system requirements and then BANG, CD Projekt RED has caught us with a sucker punch, delivering us the official The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt system requirements nearly five months ahead of launch.

The epic finale to the ultimate PC rpg series has Geralt embarking on a blood-soaked mission to fend off the otherworldly army that is the Wild Hunt up in the Northern Kingdoms. The Witcher 3 is easily one of the most anticipated games ever amongst us GD’ers, and now we can finally get our beastly gaming rigs ready for this next ultimate adventure. So cross your fingers and head on in to see just what PC gaming hardware you’re going to need in the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt system requirements.

The Witcher 3 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU:Intel i5-2500K 3.3GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 940
  • RAM: 6 GB DDR3 System Memory
  • GPU VRAM: 1GB
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870
  • HDD: 40 GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • DX: DirectX 11

The Witcher 3 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit or Windows 8 64 bit or Windows 8.1 64 bit
  • CPU:Intel i7 3770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR3 System Memory
  • GPU VRAM: 2GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 or AMD Radeon R9 290

We are expecting the Witcher 3 to look pretty and because of that its no surprise that the recommended requirements above for W3 are pretty high. As we have said over the past couple of months, its time to consider upgrading some of that hardware in your PC, because the big release modern games have a new scale.

 The Witcher III has been pushed back a couple of times in its release, but CD Projekt Red know this final outing of their mature RPG is going to be a real swan song, so we forgive them as our excitement continues to grow for this beauty.

The 8GB recommended Ram requirement for The Witcher 3 is not a shock, but the CPUs recommended requirement certainly looks to be quite taxing. The processor needs for games has not increased for many years, as the old generation of consoles could barely touch modern processors.

Nowadays, its a different story. The gloves are off and the processor needs are really starting to take their toll on gamers who only focused on upgrading their Graphics. I am one of those people and my i5 2500K is marked as minimum CPU requirement for the Witcher 3. To reflect, my recent upgrades were a GPU (GTX 670 from a 560 Ti) then RAM. I now have 16GB and not the 8GB my profile is showing. And in light of the Witcher 3 CPU requirements it seems that I now need to consider a CPU upgrade as well.

The problem with the CPU upgrade is that you often need to upgrade the motherboard at the same time. Making it a more costly and fiddly exercise. Where a GPU and RAM upgrade would only involve a quick plug in of the new component, the CPU and MOBO often need a bit more time and energy to get the right components to fit the right case and other components etc.

Dont forget to pop along to our other articles about this subject for some extra insight on the development of the games industry and the system requirement situation we all face. Rather than a negative thing, try to consider this as a return for the PC gamer, where games are built to our specifications and we really get to make the most out of our hard earned PC gaming rigs.