Swapping a Himalayan warzone for prehistoric beasts, Far Cry Primal is the most drastic change to the Far Cry formula since we took on the role of cyborg warrior Rex "Power" Colt in Blood Dragon. AK47s, Jeeps, helicopters, rocket launchers, and all those other delights of destruction are no more. Instead it's hand-crafted weaponry, tribal warfare, animal husbandry, and ruddy great mammoths. Oh, and did we mention a pet sabre-toothed tiger?

Needless to say there's a heck of a lot to get excited about for, including the total absence of towers! It's Stone Age age setting is relatively untrodden ground for gaming, where man is second to beasts when it comes to the food chain. Ease off on sharpening that flint for a second though, you might want to see just what to see just what sort of rig you need to play Far Cry Primal by checking out the official system requirements. 

Far Cry Primal Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-550 3.2 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5770
  • HDD: 20GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Far Cry Primal Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 280X

If you thought running about throwing sticks and stones was going to make Far Cry Primal a less demanding experience than Far Cry 4, you'd best think again. Yep, despite a total lack of kerosene-fuelled explosions, helicopter gunships, and co-op play, Far Cry Primal ups the ante with a modest bump in hardware demands. 

Pretty much across the board we're seeing an incremental increase in system requirements for Far Cry Primal, both minimum and recommended. One of the only things which has actually dropped are the minimum CPU demands, which sinks from an i5-750 down to an i3-550 for Intel users, while AMD users can stick with their Phenom II X4 955. 

The biggest changes come in at the recommended specs, which in truth are pretty hefty. They might be getting on a bit in years now, but both the Core i7-2600K and the FX-8350 CPUs are still great performers, so you'll need something fairly decent processor to match them. 

Likewise the graphics cards. From a GTX 770 up to a GTX 780, you're going to need a little more under the hood. Unless you're Team Red though, with those specs actually dropping from an R9 290X to an R9 280X. For current-gen equivalents you're looking at roughly at GeForce GTX 970 or a Radeon R9 380 / 380X. 

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

What do you think of these system requirements for Far Cry Primal, are they what you were expecting? Is your rig ready? Let us know!