Quantum Break System Requirements Make It The Most Demanding PC Game Ever

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 2:43 PM
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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.

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10:57 Feb-13-2016

Recommended requirements 980 Ti? That won't stop me from running it at ultra.

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17:26 Feb-14-2016

Er? i think it DOES stop you.. GTX 970 isn't equal to 980 Ti ... anyway your RAM is only the Minimum so.. ?

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15:37 Feb-24-2016

I extremely doubt that since most devs lately have overestimate the actual requirements, plus my 970 is heavily overclocked, and my ram is just fine. This title is running on a weak xbox one console so saying this requires a 980 ti is just a simple over estimation.

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03:20 Feb-25-2016

oh yes.. didn't saw its overclocked lol... and wait.. i didn't saw 16GB RAM on your rig when i comment before.. i only saw 8 must be a GD glitch! (or maybe its my eye?) anyway you can play ultra then, probably not for 60fps.. but probably 35+ XD

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16:05 Feb-25-2016

You did see 8gb, i upgraded on monday, because i noticed planetary annihilation titans was using all my 8gb so i upgraded. Couldn't be happier with my new ram.

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08:11 Feb-26-2016

lol great! then with your new ram... only your VGA is lower than ultra reqs.. but we all know that those reqs are not always true ;).. so you can play Ultra Buddy! No problem with that on 1080p. Have Fun! :D

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04:16 Feb-13-2016

so win 10 is must for this??

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04:33 Feb-13-2016

Yes,Dx12 is Windows 10 only so..

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02:11 Feb-13-2016

Lol 3.6ghz????
I though an 8350 was 4ghz and a 8320 was 3.5ghz


Guess that makes my oc even more impressive lol

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05:34 Feb-13-2016

Nice overclock, what cooling system do you use?

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16:55 Feb-13-2016

Corsair h110 with prolimatech vortex aluminum fans and junpus jp-dx1 thermal grease
Top mounted in my case

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05:39 Feb-13-2016

Hmm... Hyper 212 Evo?

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05:47 Feb-13-2016

I have an EVO myself and hope to do similar OC i the future. Just need a good mobo.

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05:48 Feb-13-2016

Oh, I just realized you're not the OP lol.

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05:51 Feb-13-2016

Yeah :D Reason im saying that whenever i find out there is a good oc with 8350 turns out that hyper 212 evo used in cooling.

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07:34 Feb-13-2016

Yeah man, Hyper 212 EVO is fantastic, especially for the price.

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11:31 Feb-13-2016

-4 Recent Downthumbs?? Why???
Did you entered a Fan Boy Liar :P

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14:05 Feb-12-2016

i'm sure that those requirements have something to do with NVIDIA GAME WRECK -_-

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13:35 Feb-12-2016

You have the Ultra (4K) and the Recomended specs swapped.


Recomended:


OS=Windows 10 (64-bit)
DirectX 12
CPU=i5 4690
GPU=GTX 970/R9 390
VRAM=4GB
RAM=16GB


I think this game really needs a Benchmarking Tool to test your PC with.

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23:37 Feb-12-2016

I don't even think that is 4k it might just be for regular 1080p.....o_0!!

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07:08 Feb-13-2016

Quantum Break should release their built-in benchmarking tool as a free demo.

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11:31 Feb-13-2016

Every game must :P

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12:44 Feb-12-2016

what settings for me guys !!

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12:45 Feb-12-2016

Cannot say...
DX 12 is so new that one cannot predict anything for sure...
But still you should be able to run it good enough :P

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13:00 Feb-12-2016

i know it's a bad question . but is my GPU DX12 ?

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13:07 Feb-12-2016

yes :). All you need its windows 10 and you are good to go.

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13:10 Feb-12-2016

All nvidia gfx cards from kepler 5xx upwards are dx12 compatible although 5xx and 6xx are very limited in features, 7xx are somewhat limited in features while 9xx aren't limited at all and were built with dx12 in mind

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13:17 Feb-12-2016

so windows 7 64bit which im using it now will not be able to run this game. so i have to go with windows 10 64bit ?

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13:21 Feb-12-2016

yes, because only windows 10 supports DX12.

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14:54 Feb-12-2016

thank u very much man :)

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12:32 Feb-12-2016

Well if it uses dx12 so vram is accumulated in sli/cf or not?

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01:03 Feb-13-2016

Depends on how they programmed it. It can accumulate or mirror.

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12:03 Feb-12-2016

Ok that's a great reason to not give my money to MS
If MS wants to troll us, we must troll her back!
This hoax must end someday!
Until then, MS suck my GPU!

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12:11 Feb-12-2016

your system meets the needed requirements so you dont need to worry so much :). Also the recommended requirements have been updated

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18:31 Feb-12-2016

I don't care if i can run it...they are trolling us and that unacceptable!

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11:15 Feb-12-2016

I wonder if a 750 Ti can run Witcher 3 better than XBO then what the hell are these requirements for? I've seen my friend playing it on his XBO@900p. I run it @768p with textures set to Ultra and everything else on high except Foliage visbility set to medium, it looks way better on my PC to me.

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16:55 Feb-12-2016

he's running it at a higher resolution, so naturally it does strain more. That being said I run Witcher 3 with everyone on high at 1080p and get no FPS drops, even in hte city. I'm not much better than yours.


This game will PROBABLY be fairly flexible, consoles aren't as powerful as the recommended requirements. it's probably getting a PC facelift, better graphics than on console.

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23:24 Feb-12-2016

I get solid 50-60 FPS on W3 with above mentioned settings. Finished base game+HoS without a single hiccup. Now on NG+.

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01:05 Feb-13-2016

yeah I don't have nay hiccups either, as I said though all my stuff is high..think my textures are ultra though, would have to look. Anyway, yours at your resolution can handle stuff better than an XBO can. Witcher 3 on console I believe is comparable to medium settings on PC. (at least it was for the PS4). I'm assuming there will be a graphical downgrade for this game on consoles, like for TW3.

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11:01 Feb-13-2016

I think they (Remedy) showcased the XBO gameplay a few months back. It looks stunning tbqh. I'd be more than satisfied with such detail.

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16:43 Feb-13-2016

well yeah of course, as long as the game still looks nice. if it catches 60 FPS, will be very well optimized for a console game. will make it nicer on PC too (30's fine for me though, I'm used to gaming on a potato before I got this PC)

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10:18 Feb-12-2016

Looks like these guys didn't even think about optimization.

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21:50 Feb-12-2016

The recommended requirements have changed, see the new updated requirements.

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10:11 Feb-12-2016

The gameplay didn't even look that good. Smells like unoptimized game.

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11:03 Feb-12-2016

We didn't saw PC gameplay yet ;)

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12:48 Feb-12-2016

It's not like the gameplay mechanics would be any different.

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09:45 Feb-12-2016
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10:09 Feb-12-2016

As Expected :P
Ultra requierment mean 4K or 2K??

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10:17 Feb-12-2016

They should mean every little setting (including AA) maxed for 60 @1080p or close to that at 2k I believe.

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12:53 Feb-12-2016

OK Thanks :P
If its for Ultra 2k, I don't think its badly optimised... But still 16 Gigs sound a lot :D

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12:57 Feb-12-2016

yeah its a lot. I cant wait to see this game not just for the gameplay, but for its techincal side as well.

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16:21 Feb-12-2016

same here..

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09:44 Feb-12-2016

new sys requirements http://remedygames.com/quantum-break-pre-orders-and-previews-launch-windows-10-version-announced/
Scrol down
its now devided in minimum recommend and ultra

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09:23 Feb-12-2016

This must to be trolling gtx 760 is alot more powerfull then 260x makes no sence or the game is going to be amd optimised

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12:35 Feb-12-2016

nvidia cards dx12 performance is worse than dx11

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17:39 Feb-17-2016

How so ?

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09:16 Feb-12-2016

Remedy just updated the system req for Quantum Break. The recommended req are know 'Ultra' req and the new recommended req are now much less demanding. Thought everyone might want to know :).

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09:18 Feb-12-2016

The new recommended req are now: Windows 10, DX12, i5-4690 or 3.9 GHz AMD equivalent, GTX 970 or AMD R9 390, 4GB VRAM, and 16GB of RAM.

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09:24 Feb-12-2016

I think i will pass :)

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09:39 Feb-12-2016

Pass on what? Buying the game or believing the system requirements I just posted? You can check out the requirements for yourself. DualShockers just released an article. You can check it in the news :) lol

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08:35 Feb-12-2016

Minimum requirements are still acceptable... Though they would be lower..
Recommended mus be for 4K..


Why has everyone started believing its not for 4K without any reason???
More possibility is for it to be for 4K so that should be considered...


Things will get more clear when Microsoft announces is more specifically or when first dx 12 i.e. Hitman is released..

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08:26 Feb-12-2016

For the Recommended System Requirements I first thought it said 6GB of system RAM not VRAM... Let's hope these are the requirements for 4K resolution, which most likely it is.

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08:40 Feb-12-2016

The should be for 4k or else I should burn my rig ;)

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08:01 Feb-12-2016

Well,im poor Q_Q

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07:03 Feb-12-2016

I am so very happy to hear this news! Exuberant! I've waited for this moment for years! I'm a massive fan of both Alan Wake and Remedy. I was so worried that I might not have the chance to play this amazing game but my worries are no more!

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07:43 Feb-12-2016

Can't afford a Xbox One with that rig? If it wasn't released for PC of course.

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09:12 Feb-12-2016

I could have afforded an Xbox One very easily but then I wouldn't have the PC I have now. This rig that I've built is the culmination of fours years of upgrading my PC. It took me awhile to save up for it but it was definitely worth it :)

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06:18 Feb-12-2016

Reminds me of Dying light's initial requirements.

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