Oh RollerCoaster Tycoon, how we've missed you. The peep-chundering theme park management experience is finally returning after a long break, delivering more thrills and spills in the shape of RollerCoaster Tycoon World - now in the hands of Area 52 Games, the fourth dev in four games.

RollerCoaster Tycoon World promises to retain everything people loved from the earlier games combined with an all-new 3D track builder, authentic physics simulation, and multiplayer modes where you and your buddies can form a global theme park company and take on the capitalistic might of others. First of all though you're going to have to see whether your PC is tall enough to go on this ride by checking out the official RollerCoaster Tycoon World system requirements. 

RollerCoaster Tycoon World Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 32-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-650 3.2 GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 610e 2.4 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GT 620, Radeon HD 6450 or Intel HD Graphics 4000 Desktop
  • HDD: 10GB available space
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required For Multiplayer

RollerCoaster Tycoon World Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 8 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-860S Quad 2.53GHz or AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz
  • RAM: 8GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1024MB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD 6770

It's still early days yet and developer Area 52 Games could possibly revise these, but as it stands RollerCoaster Tycoon World is a processor-intensive management title. This isn't surprising, strategy games typically ask more of CPUs for the large scale creations unfolding beneath your mouse, with the recent Cities XXL proving you can need a monster of a CPU should it get complex enough. We wouldn't expect Rollercoaster Tycoon World to be as demanding as Cities XXL, but once you've built up a massive theme park with thousands of inhabitants it will probably begin to tax systems, particularly when you zoom out to get a grand view of your creation.

The minimum requirements for RollerCoaster Tycoon World are pretty reasonable except for those CPU demands, asking for some pretty meagre graphics card horsepower in the shape of a GeForce GT 620, radeon HD 6450, or an Intel HD 4000. The key takeaway here is RCTW is DirectX 11 only, so make sure you have a DirectX 11-compatible video card before buying RollerCoaster Tycoon 4.

RollerCoaster Tycoon World demands pretty much a doubling of power for its recommended requirements, and you'll need a beefy CPU indeed to really crank up all those detail settings. On the GPU side there isn't too much to worry about; RCT World is happy with a low-end DX11 graphics card. The hefty 8GB RAM seems a bit pie in the sky though, and we doubt RCT4 will sip that much juice.

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

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