System requirements for The Division's PC beta have purportedly arrived. I say that because there's been no confirmation from Ubisoft that these are legit just yet, but we suspect they are, arriving this close to the beta. The specs apparently come direct from Ubisoft Russia, who emailed out information ahead of the global rollout.
The Division's PC beta starts on January 29th, so we were anticipating these arriving very soon. Ever since the world first laid eyes on The Division back at E3 2013, it's been widely hyped for its hyper-realistic visuals and authentic recreation of downtown New York, post disaster. Those lovely graphics don't just happen though, you need the hardware to back it up. So before you step foot in the Dark Zone, check out The Division's beta system requirements.
As a reminder, these specs should be taken with a pinch of salt. We suspect they're real though, particularly considering how late they have arrived.
The Division Beta Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-6100 3.3 GHz
- RAM: 6 GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
- GPU: GeForce GTX 560 or Radeon HD 7770
- HDD: 40GB Available Space
- DX: DirectX 11
The Division Beta Recommended System Requirements
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.5GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz
- RAM: 8 GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 4GB Video Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290
First things first, those minimum requirements really aren't too shabby, so so there's a wide range of systems that should at least be capable of playing The Division. Look to the footage of the Xbox One version for examples of scalability. If you're down at the lower end of The Division's system requirements spectrum, expect to look and perform like that edition.
Both the GTX 560 and the Radeon HD 7770 are relatively ageing mid-tier cards, but it seems there's still a bit of life in them yet. Make note of course that you'll need the 2GB flavours to run The Division. Also, as we're seeing increasingly more of, 4GB RAM just won't cut it, so Ubisoft tout 6GB as a minimum. Don't expect it to be too long until we start seeing games demand more than 8GB for recommended also.
Jump up to the recommended specs for The Division and these are very hefty, but what else did you expect from Ubisoft? It's using the entirely new Snowdrop Engine, so it's not even as if we can compare and contrast with Assassin's Creed Syndicate. It is, however, likely the same engine to be used for Ghost Recon Wildlands, so this beta will be a great indicator of performance.
Nvidia's trusty GeForce GTX 970 makes the recommended spec, joined by AMD's Radeon R9 290. The former recently became the most popular graphics card on Steam, so clearly plenty of people are still going to be able to hit High settings regardless of the high specs. Depending on just how VRAM-heavy The Division is though, the Radeon R9 290 could have an advantage. That's thanks to being able to call on its full complement of video memory, rather than the 3.5GB + 0.5GB slower memory with the 970.
As ever, these system requirements for Tom Clancy's The Division could change between the beta and launch, but just six weeks to go they do give us a very strong indicator.
Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the The Division System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the The Division benchmark chart.
What do you make of these system requirements then? Does your rig make the grade?