H1Z1 System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 5:30 PM
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It escaped my attention in the pre-Christmas release rush, but Sony Online Entertainment's H1Z1 is arriving on Steam Early Access soon. Real soon. Next week in fact, when DayZ suddenly gains its biggest competitor yet in the zombie apocalypse survival market. 

The beta will begin life on a hefty 64 square kilometre map before eventually expanding to 1000km2, including massive cities and different environmental biomes. Thanks to using the Planetside 2 engine H1Z1 will provide support for thousands of players in a server concurrently, all battling it for survival using a host of weapons and vehicles. It all sounds like hugely promising stuff, but before you start gunning down the hordes, check out the official H1Z1 system requirements to see if your gaming rig is up to snuff.

H1Z1 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 980 3.7GHz
  • RAM: 6GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 512MB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 260 or AMD Radeon HD 4850
  • HDD: 20GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • DX: DirectX 9.0c

H1Z1 Recommended System Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2310 2.9GHz or AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7GHz
  • RAM: 8GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1024MB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti or AMD Radeon HD 6870 
  • DX: DirectX 11

H1Z1 system requirements are identical to the current Planetside 2 thanks to running on the very same Forgelight Engine. Now, the Planetside 2 system requirements have changed slightly since it came out back in 2012, and the minimum requirements are now a little more demanding, presumably because of a range of visual upgrades or new, more demanding maps. The requirements for H1Z1 then are extremely CPU intensive, so by the looks of things you're going to need a fairly decent quad-core processor. Memory requirements are also pretty high, but it's likely that you might be able to get away with 4GB at a push, but once things heat up it could be a different matter.

GPU requirements are a lot less demanding, and the recommended cards that are beginning to show their age a little bit, so most people shouldn't have a problem running H1Z1 decently. In terms of the difference between Planetside 2 and H1Z1, the only change is that H1Z1 is 64-bit only, so if you're running a 32-bit OS then you're going to be out of luck. H1Z1 is a fully paid-for experience, so if you're on the edge as to whether this will perform on your PC, then it may be worth giving the F2P Planetside 2 a download to gauge performance.

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run H1Z1 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the H1Z1 benchmark chart

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11:18 Jan-09-2015

i think i might buy this one, i like open world games

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02:30 Jan-09-2015

Damnit, I would say that I can't run this :l unless someone knows something that I don't :P

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02:50 Jan-09-2015

you might be able to if upgrade to a c2q..say...a q6600?

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02:57 Jan-09-2015

i could probably run it once it hits around 3 months of being alpha. (long enough to devolp better optimizations ot use less ram,run better on weaker cpu's,)
the minimum requirements are bull****. the game might use 2gb of ram,but 4? thats

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02:59 Jan-09-2015

utter lies and cpmplete BS. f**king DAYZ doesnt even eat up over a gig and a half on my system,and ive got 4gb. around 3 usable after win7 ultimate takes a hefty gig for itself...i'd say their setting the req's so high for server w/ 30ppl

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00:24 Jan-09-2015

It should be GeForce GTX 260, :D

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22:27 Jan-08-2015

Low requirements, which is expected of an MMO.

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22:12 Jan-08-2015

wtf i cant run this? this is a joke

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00:31 Jan-09-2015

Why can't you?

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21:20 Jan-08-2015

Planetside 2 graphics is pretty nice, if this game uses same so it will ne great optimized and great looking game :)

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21:19 Jan-08-2015

The best time to upgrade RAM...

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20:42 Jan-08-2015

finally, sadly when playing planetside 2 in the bottom left has the cpu sign saying im getting a bottleneck but it only uses 4 of my cores, I wonder if h1z1 will be able to use 6-8 cores :)

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18:14 Jan-08-2015

I can predict the future. The first day this game comes out, there are going to be duplicate threads about players who can't run the game because they're on a 32bit OS.

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18:58 Jan-08-2015

I truly hope not. If you have a 32 bit system you shouldn't have a computer in this day and age as all the new ones are 64

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19:05 Jan-08-2015

Who uses that? lol
Most laptops (most people have them) and gaming PCs in general have 4GB of RAM minimum so I don't expect anybody to have a problem with that...

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17:48 Jan-08-2015

There is not much of a difference between minimum and recommended CPU and GPU... It is almost as if this game will have two settings - low and medium - and that is it...

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21:28 Jan-08-2015

There is a pretty decent perfomance difference between video cards.

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03:15 Jan-09-2015

But I'm talking in terms of differences one would expect between minimum and recommended... GTX 260 and HD 4850 are comparable to GTS 450 and GTX 550 ti is basically overclocked GTS 450 with an extra memory channel and the HD 6870 while clearly superior to the 550 ti is not too much of a big step up... Ditto for the CPUs... Those minimum CPU requirements are ridiculous considering they can both run Metro 2033 and Witcher 2 on max (paired with something like a GTX 560 ti or HD 6970)...

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17:40 Jan-08-2015

Seems like a solid difference between AMD and Intel/Nvidia hardware.Not really optimised for AMD i would say.

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17:50 Jan-08-2015

I hate seeing everything being optimized for nVidia. I'm here sitting with an AMD card waiting for a game "optimized for AMD" and haven't seen one in a while. I guess it's time for an upgrade as AMD isn't trying anything to support its customers :(

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18:20 Jan-08-2015

Now I favour Nvidia myself (not a fanboy though)... But let me say this; there many games optimized for Radeon such as the Battlefield series, probably the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront, Tomb Raider, some upcoming CryEngine titles, there were rumours that GTA-V might be Radeon optimized (though it is still a rumour) and many others...

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18:21 Jan-08-2015

Also keep in mind that these requirements are utter nonsense... Look at AC Unity and Far Cry 4... All those inflated requirements and that Nvidia bias and in the end, Radeon GPUs perform comparable to or sometimes even better than their Nvidia counterparts in both games...

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18:51 Jan-08-2015

Ah,I remember there was a time where system requierments actually told whether you could run the game or not.Good times.

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21:14 Jan-08-2015

yup you're right .. i couldn't meet far cry 4 requirements but i installed it and can run it high settings smooth without some features of course

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17:36 Jan-08-2015

Not bad, but also the game doesn't really look that graphicly advance

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