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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16:32 Oct-06-2015

Can't say I'm surprised. Personally I don't find the game that fun. I just wanted to know the specs and now I know that 50% of the people here can't play this.

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16:13 Oct-06-2015

We have gotten so many bad optimised games lately we see bad optimisation everywhere.These requerments are absolutely valid,as the game actually looks that good.And optimisation is the performance/graphics ratio.

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17:18 Oct-06-2015

I don't think the 16gb of system memory is valid. For a game like this it seems kind of ludicrous. The graphics memory is something that I can understand. Games recently have been using more and more vram.

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17:23 Oct-06-2015

This is going to be mostly multiplayer though isn't it, i can see it being more resource heavy. Think of it this way, has to juggle cpu, gpu AND mobo internet connectivity on top of it.

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19:00 Oct-06-2015

I really don't understands the downvotes and thubs down.In the ideal world,of course you could run every game with a weak rig.But this situation has been seen so many times before.As the graphics get better,we are bound to see system requierments increase.People are bias because of EA being the publisher,TW3 was even more demanding on the GPU,and people didn't complain because it was TW3.

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19:13 Oct-06-2015

Yea i got down voted for telling people its going to use an internet connection haha. Its starting to become a joke.

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16:01 Oct-06-2015

Game made for PS4... and they ask a 970 + 16 RAM DDR4.
http://media.giphy.com/media/Vg0JstydL8HCg/giphy.gif

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15:55 Oct-06-2015

Haha how absolutely ironic. Not into star wars but i went from min to recommended updates.

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15:46 Oct-06-2015

This has got to be over exaggerated...


Come on, they know not to do this... D:

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15:40 Oct-06-2015

This is why we praise games like MGS:V and Mad Max when they come with good optimization. So these developers maybe learn something in the process and work harder to bring their games the those standards.
By the way DICE approaces this it seems like they don't even want to sell it. Or they could be covering their back so that they have an excuse when their game is just as bad optimized as Batman: AK.
"We had high system requirement, not our fault"

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15:39 Oct-06-2015

JAJAJA and how the consoles can even run this?
Mother of optimization!

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02:20 Oct-08-2015

Nvidia is lying, and PS4 is 900p60fps high-ultra settings. Consoles aren't that weak.

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15:38 Oct-06-2015

I don't understand. Consoles aren't even half these requirements O.O

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15:58 Oct-06-2015

Well a ps4 gpu is pretty close in perf then an hd 7850. So they run it min settings while we can max it out to wtv.

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02:21 Oct-08-2015

Wrong. PS4's GPU is a cutdown 7870 with added asynchronous shaders, meaning PS4 is potentially stronger than a 7870. Additionally, PS4 runs Battlefront 900p60fps high-ultra settings.

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15:13 Oct-06-2015

These system requirement's these days are starting to get pretty high.

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15:24 Oct-06-2015

U said it. .I'm really wondering if my rig could even make it this year. .

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15:36 Oct-06-2015

Your rig should be fine. These requirements are stupidly high, don't take these requirements to be a reflection of all new games in terms of whether your PC can handle new releases

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15:09 Oct-06-2015

Whoa look at the force of the marketing!

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15:06 Oct-06-2015

I feel a disturbance in the force... As if a million voices cried out in terror... realising that they will not be able to run Star Wars Battlefront

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15:00 Oct-06-2015

40gb free space for it ? bull****! There is no campaing only Multiplayer maps, i don't think that this game will require more than 10gb of memory on PC no way, Anyways GTX 970 recommendet ofcource it's for Total Ultra for 70fps+ on FULL HD , am expecting atleast 50-60fps On ULTRA on my pc ant FULL HD reso maybe with no AA for sure.

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14:57 Oct-06-2015

I need more Midi-chlorians in my pc.

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14:17 Oct-06-2015

Its a trap!

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14:34 Oct-06-2015

ooooh nice one. Like it!

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14:01 Oct-06-2015

It's not bad optimization ppl. Recommended is actually a bit exaggerated. Battlefront beta runs at around 85fps avg. on max settings at 1080p on a rig outfitted with an R9 290X/i7 4790. Recommended DRAM is also a bit exaggerated there... I'm sure you won't need more than 8GB.

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16:09 Oct-06-2015

its an amd game so i expect less fps at the same setting with a gtx 970

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14:00 Oct-06-2015

Bad optimization i'm sure because really, there's hardly any game out there that could be asking for 16GB RAM as recommended requirement.

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13:59 Oct-06-2015

well the beta starts soon, then it will be time to wip out msi afterburner and see what the thing is pulling

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13:45 Oct-06-2015

16 GB Ram seems very exaggerated. There is no way it uses more than 10 GB.

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13:24 Oct-06-2015

Aaahhh!... Nothing better than see high Requirements to play a new game, seems everything is in order.

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13:13 Oct-06-2015

I don't know if EA and DICE thinks this will help them make profit, they're basically making 3/4 of their consumers unable to play the game, and if they think a game like this will make people upgrade they're PC's is absurd.

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13:22 Oct-06-2015

Who knows maybe EA messed up on the minimum and really meant the i3-4150T cause really the 6300T isn't even out so no real way for them to test it on that processor.

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13:45 Oct-06-2015

It's designed for casual players anyways (Well... more casual than Battlefield), and the majority of those players will have average rigs. What is even the point here?

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