Star Wars Battlefront System Requirements Are Absolutely Massive, Why?

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 10:56 AM
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Every so often a game comes along that is designed to absolutely spank even high-end PCs. We didn't expect the Frostbite 3-powered Star Wars Battlefront to be that game but it turns out it is. If you were holding out hope of playing DICE's multiplayer shooter, set to whip Star Wars fans into a midichlorian-fuelled frenzy ahead of Episode VII: The Force Awakens, then it may be time for that upgrade you've been holding out on.

Despite Star Wars Battlefront's 40-player cap coming in some way below the 64-player behemoth that is Battlefield 4, what we've got here our the most demanding system requirements we've seen for a game yet. Perhaps Darth Vader was given a job at DICE HQ.  So check your bank balance, compare your rig to Battlefront 3's demands here on GD, and check out the official Star Wars: Battlefront system requirements. 

Star Wars Battlefront Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-6300T 3.3GHz or AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz
  • RAM: 8GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 40GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • Audio: Sound Card: Direct X-compatible sound card
  • Online: 512 KB/s or faster internet connection

Star Wars Battlefront Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8370 4.1 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4GB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290
  • DX: DirectX 11.1

Ok, where to begin. Down at the minimum requirements for Star Wars Battlefront, DICE reckon you'll need a fairly beefy rig. The processors and graphics cards down here are no slouches, and are all more than capable of taking on other titles built on the Frostbite 3 engine. Perhaps most eye-opening is the Radeon HD 7850 needed. This is marginally more powerful than the PlayStation 4's integrated GPU, which is equivalent to a Radeon HD 7790. This either means Star Wars Battlefront looks worse than minimum PC graphics on PS4, or your graphics hardware is being underutilised. I think we know which is more likely.

Elsewhere you'll need 8GB RAM minimum to play Star Wars Battlefront. Yep, 8GB minimum. According to DICE that is. If you want to play Star Wars Battlefront at higher settings then it's recommended you get hold of an eye-popping 16GB system memory. No game has ever asked of this before, and no game has ever truly tested 8GB RAM, so this should be interesting to see. Before you ask, no, EA don't have stocks in Corsair. 

Things don't get any easier for those without top-end rigs either. Not only do DICE recommend you grab that pesky Windows 10 download, but they also want you to have some seriously expensive graphics cards in the shape of the GTX 970 and the R9 290. This pair are some beefy cards, both backed up by 4GB video memory. Okay, okay, 3.5GB + 0.5GB on the GTX 970, which we're guessing means a 3GB GPU could just about get away with it.

From what we've seen of the betas these system requirements seem a little laughable. Star Wars Battlefront is a nice looking game, sure, but not quite nice enough for these system requirements. 40-player battles are always going to be fairly demanding, but DICE is no stranger to large-scale warfare. Perhaps most unusual is the 16GB RAM requirement. There's nothing that suggests this should be the case, and 16GB RAM is overkill for pretty much everything out there at the moment. 

We'll be only too eager to put them to the test when the Star Wars Battlefront beta goes live in just two days time, from October 8th. 

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

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11:19 Oct-08-2015

Guys remember it depends on the map. Something like Hoth does NOT have as much detail as Endor. So that is why I think these could be legit. Also kinda makes sense considering Endor is not in the beta.

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12:44 Oct-08-2015

The game looks AWESOME but i have no idea what youre talking about not a star wars fan haha. Might pick it up though if my nephew ever comes to visit, he LOVES star wars.

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09:36 Oct-08-2015

I'm getting about 98 fps avg. on max settings, TAA at 1080p...


EDIT: Also you don't need 16GB...

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09:01 Oct-08-2015

I thought I had a little chance playing this... Aw well...

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03:49 Oct-08-2015

Can I play this?

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05:54 Oct-08-2015

Of course you can.

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08:08 Oct-08-2015

Yeah Medium setting...

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02:46 Oct-08-2015

Star Wars Battlefront game ready driver available now. WHQL Geforce Driver 358.50. Oh & there is a SLI profile available through Geforce Experience as well. :D

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15:35 Oct-07-2015

So, I just need to add another RAM Stick for playing at Rec. Requirements? Well then..

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08:12 Oct-08-2015

No you can play with 8 gig also...Don't waste your money just for this game.
every game will run perfectly with 8 gigs...

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14:50 Oct-07-2015

And you can paly split screen on the consoles.....:(

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08:54 Oct-08-2015

No, I don't think so. EA & DICE aren't following with the old Battlefront we once had. No space battles, no split screen, and even though it wasn't in the original Battlefront they refuse to make a Single Player, something that could've been innovating for the franchise. Instead, they're giving us less content and fewer features.

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16:14 Oct-08-2015

Splitscreen DLC, Space battle DLC, Lightsabers DLC, Jedi DLC, Map pack #1 #2 #3 #4.
Yup, probably alot of DLC...EA
But still, it's Star Wars! +1

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13:18 Oct-07-2015

Wait....What the F***??


16GB RAM require to play this on Ultra High setting??
This is INSANE....

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13:34 Oct-07-2015

nah..

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18:36 Oct-07-2015

yes it is..

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11:07 Oct-07-2015

16gb ram recomended? wow

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10:49 Oct-07-2015

Author of this article, the PS4's GPU is stronger than a 7850. The Xbox's GPU is equivalent to a 7790. Misinformation is bad.

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11:00 Oct-07-2015

True... He is misinformed.

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15:34 Oct-07-2015

Now this might sound odd but the HD7790's core is slightly stronger then a Reference H7850 and almost equal to PS4. However the HD7850 has much faster memory making it quite a bit better then HD7790. So just looking at the TFlops, I can understand the author was confused.


However the Memory Bandwidth on PS4 is more like a HD7850, so i would say PS4 is about equal to a Aftermarker(slightly OCed) HD7850. With the Xbone tieing a aftermarket HD7770 in core and bandwidth


The HD7790 is a odd one in the serie anyways, since it was added later and is GCN1.1 compared to all the rest that are 1.0. If you want to compare to consoles it's has a PS4 speed core combined with Xbone memory bandwidth

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15:34 Oct-07-2015

I quickly made this to clear up what i'm trying to say ;)

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23:27 Oct-07-2015

There are, however, flaws with your premise. The PS4 has 8 asynchronous compute units and 64 compute engines, where GPUs such as the 7870 only have 2 ACE units and 16 CEs. Async compute has been known to dramatically increase GPU efficiency, so all things accounted for the PS4 is stronger than a 7850 by far.

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12:51 Oct-08-2015

Here we go right from Wikipedia. This processing power can be used for graphics, physics simulation, or a combination of the two, or any other tasks suited for general purpose compute. It is a customized version of AMD's 7870 GPU, with 2 CUs disabled.

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09:42 Oct-07-2015

worse than Ubisoft...insane system requirement

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10:11 Oct-07-2015

You won't really be needing 16gigs of RAM, 8GB will be fine i'm sure. Let's say the recommended GPU is to play on high-ultra settings at 1440p 50-60fps... Because a 290X gets around 85+fps avg. on max settings at 1080p with this game. Minimum requirement seems to target med-high or high settings at 1080p around 50-60fps...

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11:24 Oct-07-2015

System requirements are usually for 1080p. The recommended are also r9 290, not 290X, reason for the fps increase from 60 to 85 in 1080p ;)
My guess are that recommended are for 1080p in 60fps. 2K aren't standard so no point for publishers to make system requirements for 2K as most people still runs 1080p.

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11:53 Oct-07-2015

Uh 1080p is 2K..

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12:09 Oct-07-2015

In old terms 1080p are 2K, but the new marketing lable 2560x1440 as 2K and 1080p as 1K. When I used the term 2K I meant 1440p resolution, should have specified what I meant.

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12:30 Oct-07-2015

1440p is 2.5k

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13:29 Oct-07-2015

When I was talking about 1440p, I was thinking of GTX 970 sorry. A 290 on high-ultra settings might struggle a bit to achieve solid 60fps at that resolution. 1440p for recommended was just my assumption anyway. Regarding 290X, I saw battlefront beta running on a 290X GPU, on max settings, and the avg. frame-rates were always above 80 around 86-88 fps at 1080p. R9 290 will easily avg. over 70 fps on max settings at 1080p, I believe.

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13:33 Oct-07-2015

I've seen that vid too, so yes a 290 should achieve minium 60 fps on similar settings :)

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15:06 Oct-07-2015

No 2K is 2048x1080, not a PC resolution or Aspect ratio


We need to stop using camera formats for screen resolutions, it's not working ;)

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15:19 Oct-07-2015

Good point, I shall use 1440p from now on ;)

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06:42 Oct-07-2015

You know after watching interviews, streams, and other various articles around the web battlefront does not really grasp my attention. I was originally kind of excited yesterday when I had heard from my brother about the open beta. But after looking at the game and seeing how it plays its not something from what I have currently seen of it that I personally would be paying full price for.

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04:58 Oct-07-2015

LOL @ the Intel marketing. I mean the minimum is an Intel i3-6300T Skylake CPU? LMAO!!! I bet an old i5-2500K will get just as good or maybe even a little better performance. Especially if OCed a little. What kind of PR stunt are they trying to pull here?


Oh & what in the hell is going on with the RAM requirements? 8GB minimum & 16GB recommended? What? Are they really expecting that many memory leaks? XD

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10:08 Oct-07-2015

I may be wrong here but I think those settings are scaled to 1440p and up? Could explain why its so high.

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12:42 Oct-07-2015

I seriously doubt that. Most likely both the minimum & recommend are for 1080p as has become the norm since the new consoles launched. Possibly the minimum is for 900p & the recommended is for 1080p. I am almost sure that 2K (1440p) is not factored in here.

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13:35 Oct-07-2015

Agree, wouldn't make sense to publish requirements based on 1440p when most people still use 1080p or lower ;)

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15:53 Oct-07-2015

Little better :P


I3-6300t has no chance against I5-2500K.


How does EA even know btw, Skylake I3's aren't out yet

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00:59 Oct-08-2015

Well if the game can properly use hyper-threading then they are about equal. Both have 4 logical @ 3.3GHz. Plus the newer Intel CPUs have a superior memory controller, but that old i5-2500K has much more OC potential so when factoring that in the i5-2500K still wins. ;)

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04:51 Oct-07-2015

Well, time to upgrade.

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08:09 Oct-07-2015

Really?

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13:14 Oct-07-2015

I think he is JOKING...

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08:26 Oct-08-2015

Was thinking the same. :/

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09:17 Oct-07-2015

Why? Your rig is perfect, don't buy into this BS.

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21:03 Oct-07-2015

Perfect is a little too much id say his system is good.

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04:45 Oct-07-2015

it is like EA wants to tell us not to buy the game :v and how can console handle a game like this. Obviously BS

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21:04 Oct-07-2015

Well you know consoles they always get a down scaled version so it would look pretty.

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02:17 Oct-08-2015

900p60fps on PS4 high-ultra settings.

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02:05 Oct-07-2015

This is just ridiculous. The i5_6600 is a Q3 15 release so how can they ask people to use it for max reqs if it just came out. 16 GB Ram and a hefty 4 GB GM? Wow, Dice should have rethought about these specs before releasing them.
Is it possible for them to adapt this game to DX12 so that these Max Reqs can be tamed a bit?

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03:48 Oct-07-2015

I do agree with the fact that they have a skylake CPU when amd is using something from 2012 or whatever. I do think 4gb vram seems to be right though. I mean the textures it's using seems to back that claim.

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01:45 Oct-07-2015

Something makes me think that these requirements are for endor... I mean how come it hasn't been in the beta or anything?

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00:54 Oct-07-2015

I bought an extra 8GB of RAM a couple months ago thinking I wouldn't need it for another 6 months to a year. I guess I was wrong lol. It was more like four months. 16GB of RAM is insane for a shooter though.

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08:11 Oct-07-2015

you don't need 16GB.

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00:09 Oct-07-2015

i could run mkx at 60 fps all tho the specs were tremendously crazy

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00:04 Oct-07-2015

Sorry, so angry with 'EA' had, 2 write another comment the original Battlefront games were epic now it seems we're left with a terrible produced game obviously a money grab hey its EA they ruined 1 of my fav game titles i am boycotting this

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