XCOM 2 System Requirements Revealed

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 2:31 PM
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An absolute mountain of games have been released during the past few months, but there is one gaping hole - XCOM 2. Firaxis originally targeted a December launch for their tactical strategy sequel, but a cruel twist of fate snatched it out of our hands until February 5th, 2016. On the basis of the sublime original I'm sure the wait will be worth it though. 

This time around Earth has been conquered by the invading alien force. Aliens rule alongside the ADVENT corporation, and players are tasked with utilising a band of guerilla fighters to win our planet back. XCOM 2 expands on its predecessor in almost every conceivable way, with more room for customisation, a greater selection of procedurally generated maps, expanded research and base development, powerful new alien species to fight, and more. Firaxis has said what it's accomplishing here is so ambitious it's not even possible on the current-gen consoles. With that in mind, check out the official XCOM 2 system requirements.

XCOM 2 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4700 2.6GHz or AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core Black Edition 2.6GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5770 1024MB
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 45GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • Audio: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

XCOM 2 Recommended System Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2320 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 651K 3.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 or AMD Radeon HD 7970

Well, well, well. Visually, XCOM 2 is extremely similar to the original. There's some minor touching up going on, along with more destructible environments, but it's pretty much on par. Which is what makes it a little surprising to see such a hefty leap in system requirements. Now the minimum system requirements for XCOM 2 are by now means massive, with only fairly ageing CPUs and graphics cards doing the job, but the recommended specs are a huge jump. A GeForce GTX 770 or Radeon HD 7970 seems total overkill for maxing out XCOM 2, unless we're talking extreme resolutions. For point of reference, the GTX 750 Ti absolutely hammers the original, and I wouldn't expect it to be any different here. 

Elsewhere you can see there's a very large install size for the type of game XCOM 2 is. This is as big a download as Just Cause 3, so Firaxis certainly aren't going light on content. 

One last thing is that unlike the original there will be gamepad support, at least at launch. If you want to play XCOM 2 then you'll have to do it with a mouse and keyboard, or a Steam Controller of course. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the XCOM 2 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the XCOM 2 GPU benchmark chart.

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16:46 Dec-21-2015

with 45 gigs lets hope we can get a preloud

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16:08 Dec-18-2015

Firaxis has always made great games and they are generally well optimized. Love their Civ games.

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09:47 Dec-11-2015

That required free space... I'm even more hyped now!

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13:06 Dec-11-2015

HA! Have a couple hdds to burn through?

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22:17 Dec-10-2015

this pleases me greatly. if this thing's as well optimized as the first game..maxing all the way (old PC I could run it on low-medium despite not meeting minimum, heat was my only issue. here I don't meed recommended)

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19:22 Dec-10-2015

Hmm, recommended requirements seem a bit high but given the turn based nature of the game frame rate shouldn't be too much of an issue, and I suspect they may be just another case of exaggeration.


Really looking forward to this and I'm going to set the graphics settings to high regardless of the rec. requirements... ive learned not to trust them.

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17:53 Dec-10-2015

wel now i am getting hyped agian lets hope its as good a game as xcom eu was

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15:51 Dec-10-2015

Great Balance between NVIDIA and AMD. I assume this game is optimized for both manufacturers or perhaps it's not optimized for either? hehe

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19:44 Dec-10-2015

Who cares? Its xcom, it should run on toaster
But I am really curious about improvements from first firaxis xcom, hope they got rid of that console-ish UI

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15:06 Dec-10-2015

Oh yes please, oh yes please, oh yes please, OH YES PLEASE! :D


(Sorry, but I really waited for this one)

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14:45 Dec-10-2015

What? The Requirements are really really low for what i expected.

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15:05 Dec-10-2015

Well that's good. This could be a hint that there will be "very low" graphics settings for weaker systems. It's a PC exclusive so I guess they took their time optimizing it.

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15:37 Dec-10-2015

Or this could mean that a gaming publisher actually spent more than 30 minutes getting the requirements together. Your PC exclusive comment is a good point as well. The fact that i won't be a port is great!

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17:55 Dec-10-2015

Recommend settings do not hit the max settings in game, that's why

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14:35 Dec-10-2015

Will it have directx 12 ? i can see the req show 11

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17:42 Dec-10-2015

Most likely it wont. newer games wont start using dx12 till maybe next year

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19:50 Dec-10-2015

But the game will be released next year thou

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09:08 Jan-06-2016

jumping from dx11 to dx12 mid development could mean bad optimization
i just want it to work good

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