About an hour ago we didn't even know Quantum Break was coming to PC. Now it, Gears of War 4 and Scalebound are all confirmed to be making the leap. Quantum Break's first though, arriving day and date with the Xbox One version on April 5th. That's only a matter of about eight weeks away. 

Quantum Break is latest third-person shooter from Remedy Entertainment, they of Max Payne and Alan Wake fame. In it, you play as a time-bending antagonist following a disastrous time travel experiment. Players can reverse the direction of bullets, 'Time Rush' and bullet dive. That's all awesome news, but don't get ahead of yourself. Microsoft has also released the official system requirements for Quantum Break, and they make it comfortably the most demanding PC game of all time. 

Quantum Break Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-8350 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 760 or Radeon R7 260X
  • HDD: 55 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

Quantum Break Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 4.0 GHz or AMD FX-8370 4.1 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 980 Ti or Radeon R9 Fury X
  • HDD: 55 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

AHAHAHAHAHAHA. HAHAH. HAHAHA. Oh, where was I. Yes, the Quantum Break system requirements. These are really quite something aren't they? I don't think you need me to tell those recommended Quantum Break system requirements are high. Stratospheric even. Walk into a shop and ask for the highest end single-GPU PC they've got, and this is pretty much what you'll end up with.

Both the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the Radeon R9 Fury X are at the top of their respective fields, and will set you back £500+. Then there's the small matter of 6GB VRAM. There aren't many graphics cards in existence with that much. Hopefully Microsoft isn't referring to playing Quantum Break at 1080p when it released these. 

Both of the CPUs are at the higher end of the spectrum, while 16GB recommended RAM is the most we've seen. 

Things get a little more reasonable down at the minimum requirements for Quantum Break, but these specs are still a middle-of-the-range PC. Microsoft is keen to push Windows 10, DirectX 12 and its Windows 10 store with its first-party IP, so you're going to need access to all three to play Quantum Break. Any DX11 card is DX12-capable. What is a little strange is the GTX 760 and the Radeon R7 260X are pound for pound stronger than the Xbox One's internal graphics card, so you'd think these would be more than capable of playing Quantum Break at decent settings. 

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