Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 12:44 PM
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Despite all the turmoil going on over at Konami HQ right now, the once-great videogame publisher still has one final ace up its sleeve - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. New outings for Snake and chums come but once in a blue moon. MGS 4: Guns of the Patriots whisked us away on a cinematic adventure more than seven years ago, and now finally we get to see the final piece of the MGS puzzle.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a prequel to the entire series. Players will take on the role of Big Boss during a massive open-world adventure spanning Afghanistan and Africa. In amongst hiding in cardboard boxes and ballooning goats off to your Mother Base, you'll have to infiltrate enemy complexes via any means necessary. Before you light up that cigar and HALO drop in however, make sure your gaming rig's up to the task with the official PC Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain system requirements.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB System Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 5850 2GB
  • HDD: 28GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • Audio: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 8 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz or AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R9 280

First things first, you're going to need a 64-bit OS and a DirectX 11-capable graphics card as a minimum. If you haven't got these, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won't run.

With that out the way, the first thing to highlight is the astronomical processor demands. Konami have managed to make the most CPU-heavy system requirements yet seen. While we won't know until we actually get our hands on it, if the mini-prequel Ground Zeroes was anything to go by, you'll need just a fraction of this computing power to play MGS V: The Phantom Pain at decent settings. Bear in mind this is a game also coming to the decade old Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

There will obviously be performance impacts when using weaker processors, but using Ground Zeroes as the base, you can get away with a lot less. MGS 5: The Phantom Pain is the exact same FOX Engine used for Ground Zeroes, so you can expect extremely similar performance. On the Intel side, if you're targeting 60fps you won't begin to be bottlenecked until you drop down to a Core i3-4330, while with AMD we do see it suffer some performance hits with the FX-8350 and below. 

In regards to other system requirements for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, these are much more reasonable. For the most part they fall in line with Ground Zeroes, with fairly low-tier graphics cards needed in the shape of the GeForce GTX 650 and the Radeon HD 5850. 2GB VRAM is a must, but if you've got that then you should be fine. The recommended graphics cards aren't going to break the bank either; the GTX 760 and the R9 280 are a generation old and mid-tier.

As always with Metal Gear Solid, I would highly recommend the use of a gamepad.  

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain benchmark chart.

What do you make of the hefty Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain system requirements? Let us know!

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21:05 Oct-10-2015

Okay I have this game running on my rig which has:
Athlon X4 5350 (@ 2.05GHz stock)
4GB DDR3 1600 RAM
GIGABYTE GeForce GT 640 GV-N640OC-2GI 2GB (128-bit DDR3 ver.)
Win 7 64-bit


It is in 1600x900 Graphics @ Medium and locked @30fps.

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07:26 Aug-08-2015

settings and fps for me?


Plz keep in mind the optimization ground zeroes had

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00:41 Aug-08-2015

I can run Ground Zeroes MAXED OUT at 60 FPS, Including AA maxed out, with a SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER CPU RECOMMENDATION THAN THE 8350.

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00:43 Aug-08-2015

good for you

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02:46 Aug-07-2015

If I upscale to 1080p should I be able to max it or will my CPU bottleneck?

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03:00 Aug-07-2015

u can but i dont think u can run it in 60 frames


i think my cpu will bottleneck too :/

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07:02 Aug-08-2015

Actually ur both system is just fine...the game system specs itself has bottle necked system specs then what should we do ?

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10:25 Aug-08-2015

i never saw a game that require an i7 4790 or fx 9590@4.7 wtf ?????
evan the ac unity didn't require those cpus :/

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11:52 Aug-08-2015

No games in existence require an Intel i7. It's just developers who like to post their PC's specs.

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21:55 Aug-08-2015

Woohoo! I was actually kinda sad thinking that my FX-8320 would hold me back. Glad I'll be good :D

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18:57 Aug-05-2015

Sorry for what I am going to say but about the Fx 8350, "if you're targeting 60fps you won't begin to be bottlenecked until you drop down to a Core i3-4330, while with AMD we do see it suffer some performance hits with the FX-8350 and below" this is BS, I have Fx 8350 and r9 280X I am maxing the game out 60 fps and no frame drops lowest possible is 55 and that was during the beginning of the first mission where snake looks at everything then bam the whole game was 60fps maxed

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15:43 Aug-06-2015

How ? the game isnt even out yet ?

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18:37 Aug-06-2015

Ground Zero I mean

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18:41 Aug-05-2015

Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz or AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz with GTX 760 and R9 280 ? :P I see bottleneck :D

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00:17 Aug-17-2015

or it's extremely cpu intensive .... ;)

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17:31 Aug-05-2015

Wut Recommended Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz or AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz Seriously?

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17:43 Aug-05-2015

Things are getting expensive

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18:05 Aug-05-2015

There is no way they will be true , don't worry

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15:19 Aug-05-2015

This requirement is pretty high i think.

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22:34 Aug-04-2015

So If I run let's say Ground Zeroes at Very High (Damn, love my GPU xD) at 720p with stable 30 FPS, I could expect High or Medium on this one?

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17:11 Aug-05-2015

Yep.

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17:28 Aug-04-2015

Holy crap those CPU requirements are sky high! Thankfully I have it covered. I may need to get a new CPU in the next few years. D:

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00:12 Aug-17-2015

You really won't need to upgrade for a long time. These CPU specs are just plain stupid.

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17:27 Aug-04-2015

You think i can run it smoothly? I know not on Ultra..

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17:29 Aug-04-2015

I think with your cpu yes but the gpu could lower the settings

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17:33 Aug-04-2015

About the cpu im not worried, im almost 100% sure it will handle ultra but yea the gpu is the thing. Ground Zeroes runs great on a 560ti but not sure bout MGSV

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14:25 Aug-04-2015

I maxed out Ground Zeroes.So,what settings in this game and can i max it out like Ground Zeroes on my current specs and resolution or not ?

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17:31 Aug-04-2015

lol not sure , there will not be a big different but the phantom pain would be a littler higher than ground zeroes , i think high setting is exellent for you!

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13:40 Aug-04-2015

geuss ill have to upgrade ?

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14:39 Aug-04-2015

Probably not.

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19:24 Aug-08-2015

Yes .. U need to upgrade ur CPU.......

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09:31 Aug-09-2015

what settings for me with this cpu ?

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15:40 Aug-18-2015

max cpu is fine

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11:10 Aug-04-2015

Time for a CPU Upgrade :D :P

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11:21 Aug-04-2015

No need for that, bro...

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18:41 Aug-04-2015

This is the first time i got a Big Red Cross on CPU settings :/

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19:25 Aug-08-2015

No need Bro.. Ur CPU is great.. Just overclock it....

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09:40 Aug-04-2015

I hope it will run on window 10 because i aint going back to 7...ac unity runs incredibly well on w10 aswell batman arkham knight.

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08:53 Aug-04-2015

anyone care to hand them a dictionary?
because i am sure the gpu is on the edge of the definition of it but the cpu...

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08:25 Aug-04-2015

do u think it will run on on my rig???

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09:43 Aug-04-2015

yeah ofc ! at least high setting

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06:08 Aug-04-2015

System requirements are all about marketing these days.

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05:43 Aug-04-2015

my cpu is not even in the minimum req.but i am pretty sure i am able to run the game at decent settings

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02:00 Aug-04-2015

i5 4460
Still 4GB RAM minimum requirements
ditto with a GTX 650 not like a GTX 660 or similar AMD card as minimum like in Witcher 3.



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| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz Intel HD Graphics 630 Mobile 32GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce RTX 2080 EVGA XC Gaming 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Zotac Gaming 6GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 30FPS, 720p
Core i7-5500U 2-Core 2.4GHz GeForce 940M 2GB 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB Edition 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-6400 2.7GHz GeForce GTX 1050 8GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Core i5-9600K 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 6GB 32GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
FX-6300 GeForce GTX 760 24GB
| 30FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Athlon II X4 640 Radeon RX 470 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Core i7-4710MQ 4-Core 2.5GHz GeForce GTX 960M 2GB 16GB
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Pentium G2030 3.0GHz Radeon HD 4650 1GB 4GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-6402P 2.8GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming X 4GB 16GB
Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core 3.9GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Gigabyte Gaming OC 6GB 32GB
Core i3-10105 4-Core 3.7GHz UHD Graphics 630 4GB