The Witness System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 12:00 PM
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Few games are quite as long in the tooth as Jonathan Blow's The Witness. Him and his team at Thekla have been working on this indie puzzler since 2008. That's an eight-year development cycle, which is mind-boggling really.

Everything we seen of this adventure game set on an idyllic abandoned island is absolutely gorgeous, but there's still a lot of questions about what you're actually doing there. All of the puzzles seem to revolve around maze-like conundrums, with the surrounding environment influencing the solution. It's from the same chap who brought us head-frazzling time traveller Braid, so expect a real cranium stretcher. Before you worry about that grey matter of yours though, read up on The Witness system requirements to see if your rig's up to the task of running it. 

The Witness Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 32-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon II X2 265 3.3 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GT 620, Intel HD Graphics 4000 or Radeon X1900
  • HDD: 4GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 9.0c

The Witness Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4330TE 2.4GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 805 2.5GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290
  • DX: DirectX 10

Down at the minimum you can get away with Intel integrated HD 4000 graphics, which is right down at the low end. This suggests The Witness is going to be compatible in terms of GPU which just about any modern PC.

I think this means we can safely dismiss the recommended graphics card requirements for The Witness. Thekla are a relatively small indie studio and in all likelihood haven't ploughed much time or money into nailing down precise system requirements, instead relying on the components they happen to have already.

Visually The Witness is fantastic, but it's art style capitalizes on low detail textures and relatively basic geometry, and it's difficult to see how a GeForce GTX 750 ti or Radeon R9 270 couldn't max it out, so don't put too much stuck in the recommended specs.

Outside of this though, The Witness' recommended and minimum CPUs are both very reasonable, so you shouldn't encounter too many problems here. The 8GB RAM requirement seems a little suspect though, and I'd hazard a guess 6GB should be more than enough.

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

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07:44 Dec-24-2015

Compares Intel hd 4000 to r9 290
Sees 1254% difference
Decides not to but the game

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23:28 Dec-23-2015

Wow, this definitely takes home the award for "Biggest difference between minimum and recommended GPUs" :p
But seriously I've been really looking forward to this for a LONG time, so long in fact that I'd completely forgotten about it and didn't even know it had a release date, hyped! :D

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21:24 Dec-22-2015

So if this game had some decent graphics then it would demand a triple TitanX as a reccommended GPU?


God i hate these Devs!

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07:04 Dec-23-2015

remember one thing. After a couple of years titan card or even more powerful card will be recommended or put as minimum so stop complaining...

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15:31 Dec-23-2015

But the graphics are not even average and still the game damands a GTX 780...If a game was made that had exceptionally realistic graphics then I wouldn't be bothered if it wanted a strong card as a minimum!

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16:38 Dec-23-2015

maybe the hole enviroment? Swimming fish, some other animals trees moving their leavs etc?

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16:10 Dec-22-2015

Anyone else thinks that the island looks like a shark, or is it just me?


/justwondering

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16:29 Dec-22-2015

well, maybe a little bit yes xD

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15:31 Dec-23-2015

Yup it looks like it!

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15:36 Dec-22-2015

Nux: I am the man... who grabs the sun... RIDING TO VALHALLA!
[turns to Max]
Nux: WITNESS ME, BLOOD BAG!
[sprays lips with chrome spray paint]
Nux: WITNESS!

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15:24 Dec-22-2015

YAY

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14:06 Dec-22-2015

Very excited for this game since I love puzzle games! I love the mix of simple textures and fantastic lighting/reflections!!! The mix reminds me of a shaders pack for minecraft.

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I have been waiting to witness this game for myself for a long time now :P

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12:14 Dec-22-2015

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Yep

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16:31 Dec-22-2015

probably

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16:55 Dec-22-2015

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290 and dx10 recommended? And why so many downvotes?

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Because of your minimalistic style I guess :D

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