After the so-grim-I-still-haven't-finished-it success of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Frictional Games has taken its time with its stab at first-person horror. SOMA is a sci-fi horror game set on an abandoned facility beneath the Atlantic ocean. Or at least, it appears to be abandoned, but I get the feeling you're definitely not alone.
Frictional is drilling into the deep riches of AI control in a tale of identity, consciousness, and what it means to be human. Expect robots gone wrong, maniacal human survivors and an over-arching and menacing artificial intelligence known as PATHOS-II. Before you head out to stores to stock up on diapers, check out the official SOMA system requirements to see whether your rig can handled Frictional's latest, or whether it's about to turn against its master.
SOMA Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core i3-2115C 2.0 GHz or AMDAPU A6-7400K Dual-Core 3.5 GHz
- RAM: 4GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 1024MB Graphics Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
- DX: DirectX 11
- HDD: 25 GB Free Hard Drive Space
SOMA Recommended System Requirements
- CPU: Intel Core i5-650 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-4200 3.3 GHz
- RAM: 8 GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 2048MB Graphics Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 or AMD Radeon HD 7870
The official system requirements for SOMA are roughly along the lines with what we were expecting. Provided you've got a GTX 400 series or Radeon HD 5850 graphics card and up you should be able to run this with the minimum of fuss. Like Alien Isolation before it, SOMA is all about claustrophobia and isolation, so there's actually little action and few grand vistas to be registered on-screen at any time. As such you can get away some comparatively low-end CPUs, even for the recommended SOMA system requirements.
The 8GB RAM demands seem a little heavy, we'd doubt that it's a must for cranking up SOMA's settings. As per usual these days we're seeing a pretty hefty download size, even with an indie title like this. This is developers making use of the full high-resolution textures and higher-quality audio files, which are both obviously conducive to an immersive horror experience. On that same note, if you've got a gaming PC more towards the recommended than the minimum we would expect it to be capable of a far more atmospheric take on the game, with volumetric lighting and fog, among other effects.
Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the SOMA System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the SOMA GPU benchmark chart.