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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13:11 Oct-06-2015

Isn't the i3-6300T not released yet so i wonder how it would make it as a minimum requirement.

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14:15 Oct-06-2015

It's literally just come out but yeah, daft.

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13:11 Oct-06-2015

Go home EA,you're drunk!

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13:08 Oct-06-2015

i pre ordered game hopefully i will be able to run smooth on low..

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13:18 Oct-06-2015

Good thing i didn't cause the price for this game anyways is way too much like come on 80$ for the standard and 90$ for the deluxe edition (i am also in Canada so prices might be a little higher) so really ill just wait till the game drops down to at least 50$.

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13:35 Oct-06-2015

Same here I'll wait on a major steam sale... I will not pay full game price for half a game.. 1)No campaign 2)No space battles + Questionable local LAN play = less then half a game to me....

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13:49 Oct-06-2015

its not going to be on steam, its an origin only game to my knowledge so good luck on that sale

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14:31 Oct-06-2015

Well that's all the more reason to give this one a pass =P.... Though my point still stands lol

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13:01 Oct-06-2015

Worst optimization ever :D

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12:49 Oct-06-2015

the highest ram usage i saw is with batman arkham knight, 11 gig at 4k resolution

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12:46 Oct-06-2015

holy ****how can the run something that Recommended needs 16 gb of ram and Recommended 4gb of gpu memory on a console with decent fps


please people that are playing the beta speak

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20:49 Oct-06-2015

Relax the game is very well optimsed and scales very well on a variety of different configs... A 290X can get 80+fps avg. on max settings at 1080p. And you don't really need 16GB RAM. 8GB is enough.

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12:41 Oct-06-2015

what a joke!oh wait it's EA.For all we know these requirements are probably real.Bad optimization.And I thought this game couldn't get any worse?16GB ram and a 970?

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12:39 Oct-06-2015

the recommanded specs of bf4 are the minimum ones of battlefront, i will post my fps after testing the beta

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12:39 Oct-06-2015

It's a poor game already.

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12:36 Oct-06-2015

How will they make this work on consoles? Will they even be able to handle 720p?

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12:02 Oct-06-2015

The game needs the best generation Intel CPU's but for amd its stil old tech... ehuh sure.. system specs these days are one big hype..

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12:37 Oct-06-2015

The AMD processor specs are estimates made by GD, the devs only said "Intel or equivalent". That's not just EA either, I'd speculate that most game devs don't have a single AMD CPU to test their games.

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16:30 Oct-06-2015

Doenst matter afterwards.. stil one big hype, new generation of cpu or gpu's come out and al devs scream yeah yeah buy that one thats what you need pff haha

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11:54 Oct-06-2015

And yet this game doesn't require that much power on the consoles! EA are the laziest when it comes to optimizing games on pc.

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20:56 Oct-06-2015

It's running on the same FB3 engine as BF4... The game scales well on multiple hardware... Even GPUs like 750 Ti, 950 will be able to run this on high-ultra settings at 1080p and still get a decent frame-rate maybe around 40fps or higher depending on the hardware.

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11:48 Oct-06-2015

So this game is 2-3 times more Ram hungry then any other game?


Id say you don't need that much

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11:30 Oct-06-2015

So high
Much Memory
Such Graphics


Wow

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11:36 Oct-06-2015

Again, I'm not surprised. But then again nothing really surprises me anymore.

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11:50 Oct-06-2015

I bet you have seen some serious **** to be not surprised by anything :P

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11:55 Oct-06-2015

More like I have seen so damn much in my lifetime to be surprised by anything anymore and I'm only 27 years old.

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11:22 Oct-06-2015

Why am I NOT surprised?

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11:20 Oct-06-2015

Finally! A game that really gets me to use my 16 GB of RAM! :D


Also... that's a lot, I bought 16 gb because I wanted not to upgrade later.

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00:57 Oct-07-2015

I did exactly the same, I didn't think I would need that much RAM for a long time.

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11:17 Oct-06-2015

16GB of ram.. Did EA time travel to 2020???

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11:15 Oct-06-2015

i wonder how the console counter parts will handle this game especially the the XBone

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03:30 Oct-08-2015

900p60fps high-ultra settings PS4. 720p60fps unknown settings on Xbox.

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11:14 Oct-06-2015

O.o What the heck!?

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11:08 Oct-06-2015

As I have no interest in this(because of the non-existent single player campaign) I could say I dodged the bullet! :) Also, that 16 gb ram requirement smells like total BS to me!

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11:18 Oct-06-2015

Jepp. I think I'll participate in the beta but the released game will be a no go. When it got first announced I was excited because there was hearsay about an extensive Single Player Campaign. But with only MP, not for me.

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