SOMA System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 10:30 AM
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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.

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21:56 Aug-25-2015

The question isn't can I run it. The question is, do I have enough extra pants to play it...

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22:02 Aug-25-2015

Why not use diapers?

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22:32 Aug-25-2015

I laughed at this more than I should have. So here, have a like :)

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22:47 Aug-25-2015

Thank you good sir but in exchange I will land you a like as well because this world runs on likes then money don't tell my bosses cause the mob will be after me

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14:00 Aug-25-2015

My System Laughs At The Requirements:)) Game sounds great nevertheless, can't wait to play! Also thanks for reminding me... Alien Isolation is also on my MUST Have list:) Nice review.

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17:44 Aug-25-2015

Hey don't get cocky there Carban https://youtu.be/LSOQuSNtvXM?t=27

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19:22 Aug-25-2015

Lol that was a good one I love Japanese Anime:D

But I'd never said I was laughing... My System was:p

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19:32 Aug-25-2015

then tell your system to not get cocky

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19:59 Aug-25-2015

I did but She said she couldn't help herself blabbering on about how... "She's To Cool For School!"

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20:05 Aug-25-2015

That's a nice Titan X you got there it would be a shame if it ran Half Life 3

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20:15 Aug-25-2015

Why you say that?

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20:18 Aug-25-2015

because HL3 will be the most demanding VR game in history

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20:24 Aug-25-2015

DAMN! Really? Lol I didn't realize HL3 was being released so soon! Thanks I'll have to check into it. So at my 4k resolution it will REALLY kick my PC's butt huh lol. Reasons why I'm going SLI in about a month;)

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20:42 Aug-25-2015

SLI?Why no use Hybrid PhysX?

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20:51 Aug-25-2015

Cause I tend to only use Nvidia/ EVGA products. I don't know much about Hybrid GPU Technology mixing AMD-Nvidia also don't hear to many gamer's raving about it nor Games implementing it. So I just stick to what I know. Which is SLI-ing Nvidia Cards!

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20:54 Aug-25-2015

but it would have been interesting to mix an R9 Fury with a GTX 980ti

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21:05 Aug-25-2015

Yeah but I don't own a 980ti lol. A R9 Fury with a GTX Titan X is more like it:D

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20:11 Aug-25-2015

Nice rig bud! Don't forget to submit a benchmark and get that puppy verified! ;-)

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20:20 Aug-25-2015

Oh my Rigs are always verified! Made the upgrade from a GTX780ti SC and submitted my Nova Benchmarks awhile ago. Still waiting for my yellow bars to turn GREEN! lol.

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08:06 Aug-26-2015

Well have a thumb up while you wait! =]

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17:23 Aug-26-2015

Hey Philrock Thanks, back atcha:)

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12:43 Aug-25-2015

my little sister would love this game :) outlast is not scary for her anymore

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12:37 Aug-25-2015

Soma? Thats reminds me of the anime "Seikon no Qwaser"

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12:10 Aug-25-2015

Gotta admit I'm looking forward to this =]


Jon can I just ask: "stock up on diapers" :-P are we the only country in the world that says Nappies or something? Lol ;-P


I guess there are more Americans in the world than there are us brits though haha

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12:27 Aug-25-2015

Hah yeah, I'd normally write nappies, but diapers tends to be the more recognised around the world. I think. I'll have to put it to the test.


Yeah game looks great, I'm just shamefully hoping it's not toooo scary, I seen to have got worse with horror games these last few years.

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12:56 Aug-25-2015

Coulda rolled with "Underpants" maybe? :-P


I'm the opposite way round mate, I couldn't handle Horror games at all when I was younger but I've been forcing my way through them recently (because I do love them) and they are slowly getting easier to cope with lmao.

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14:00 Aug-25-2015

I've been watching a lot of British Youtubers and as a result, I've been picking up on how they talk a bit. And I live in South Dakota where we pride ourselves with not having accents. It's kinda awkward. And when I'm excited, I pick up an Irish accent from the time my cousin came over to the U.S. for a week. I think I'm culturally challenged! XD

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15:20 Aug-25-2015

Babies don't wear underpants!

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15:44 Aug-25-2015

Underwear!? ROFLMAO

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15:46 Aug-25-2015

"A diaper (also called a nappy in South Africa, Ireland, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Zimbabwe) is a type of underwear that allows one to defecate or urinate, without the use of a toilet."


Hahahahahahaha, I love the internet XD

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12:02 Aug-25-2015

Nice system requirements cant wait to play another cool horror survival game!

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11:06 Aug-25-2015

I keep my self high all the time to keep you of from my mind. oooh woo hooo...

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10:49 Aug-25-2015

decent recommended specs by today's standards.

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10:41 Aug-25-2015

I was hoping for them to be a little bit lower,but maybe the optimization will be great so these won't matter hopefully. :)

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10:49 Aug-25-2015

I think all you'll need to do is just lower AA a bit and it should be all fine :)

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14:45 Aug-25-2015

I sure hope so.At least you surely won't have any trouble running it! :)

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21:29 Aug-25-2015

Oh I will :D Especially on my resolution.

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| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI OC 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 4k
Core i7-11700K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3090 32GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
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| 60FPS, Ultra, 4k
Core i7-11700K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3090 32GB
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935
Core i5-11600K 6-Core 3.9GHz GeForce RTX 3070 Zotac Gaming Twin Edge OC 8GB 32GB
Core i7-4790 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Palit StormX 4GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen R5 1600 Radeon RX 570 4GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Core i5-4590 3.3GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Asus Pheonix 4GB 10GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI OC 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]