Mirrors Edge Catalyst Has Some Sky Scraping System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 10:16 AM
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Take a glance over at the game release dates and you'll see there's an absolutely packed May coming. Few are bigger than the return of Mirror's Edge though. Somewhat of a cult classic, its cultural cache has risen in the years since its arrival, and there's serious anticipation for Mirror's Edge Catalyst in some corners. Packing some of the most spectacular visuals we've ever seen, and a wholly unique take on an open world, Mirror's Edge Catalyst is ticking all the right boxes. Don't put those running shoes on just yet though, have a peek at the lofty Mirror's Edge 2 system requirements first.  

Mirror's Edge Catalyst Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3250 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 650 Ti or Radeon R9 270X
  • HDD: 25 GB available space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Mirror's Edge Catalyst Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8150 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 3 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 280X

I don't think there can be any surprise that we've got a hefty set of system requirements here for Mirror's Edge Catalyst. DICE likes to push the boundaries of graphics and Mirror's Edge 2 is no different, it looks absolutely stunning. If anything I'm slightly shocked to see a GTX 650 Ti creep in at the minimum. This graphics card hasn't really cut it in AAA games lately, but kudos to DICE for supporting it.

In truth the graphics card requirements for Mirror's Edge 2 are a bit of an oddity. DICE doesn't look to have got all its ducks in a row here, so to speak, because down at the minimum a Radeon R9 270X vastly outperforms a GTX 650 Ti, while at the recommended specs it's the reverse - a GTX 970 is a league above a Radeon R9 280X. In fact there's not a huge deal to separate the minimum and recommended AMD cards (270X & 280X), while there's a huge gulf between the GTX 970 and 650 Ti. I was going to chalk this down to optimisation for Radeon cards; DICE typically favours team red, and this is evidenced by a 280X being capable of matching GTX 970 performance, but this is counteracted down at the other end.

Elsewhere we see 6GB RAM appearing as the minimum. Not many people really have this in their rigs in truth, but if you're still holding out with 4GB then it might be worth splashing the cash and doubling up.

A 25GB install is par for the course for a big game these days, and the CPU demands for Mirror's Edge Catalyst minimum requirements are middling to high. Anything less than this might end up with a bottleneck and dropped frames, but as always we'd expect you can squeeze by with a lesser processor. 

Other than this a major thing is the 16GB RAM requirement for ME: Catalyst. Again and again we see this spec cropping up, but we've never seen it jump from 6GB min all the way up to 16GB recommended. Few games have actually needed this so we'll have to wait and see.

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

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17:12 Apr-24-2016

Running the Beta on my PC and i have everything on ultra (shadows on high) and i'm getting 65-90fps but the game is very RAM hungry and was using 7GB of ram while i was playing

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20:06 May-04-2016

isn't the game similar to bf4? the more ram you have the more it grabs? or am i just doomed :(

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15:57 Apr-24-2016

guys I think I found out why the requirements are so high. a youtuber I follow played the beta, he is running TWO TITANS, and a higher-end i7 processor...he could NOT get it past medium for it to have a stable framerate. if optimization isn't fixed in 2 months, yeah the requirements will be higher.

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17:15 Apr-24-2016

i'm running maxed out apart from shadows and i have 65 - 90 fps on a 970 so i have no idea why his PC is playing like that

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06:23 Apr-25-2016

no telling X3 was just passing info along.

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16:26 Apr-25-2016

It might be a an SLI issue.

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03:45 Apr-26-2016

he had that disabled I believe.

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21:31 Apr-23-2016

While on GD main page there's "Mirrrors Edge.." on that game picture up in the corner. Just saying don't kill me because of it :D

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06:14 Apr-23-2016

guys i did beta but i think its running in 32 bit version....how can I run it in 64 bit? HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

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13:41 Apr-23-2016

I applied as well but I didn't get any key or beta access :(

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13:56 Apr-23-2016

join mirror edge and ea twitter accounts....check for updates regularly for key giveaways

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07:13 Apr-21-2016

gtx 650 ti ---- r9 270 x !!!!!!!!! low Nvidia optimize


gtx 970 ------ r9 280 x !!!!!!!! high AMD optimize

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10:35 Apr-21-2016

lol funny!

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06:17 Apr-21-2016

They game is beautiful and I cant wait, loved the first one but this time it´s pc time

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00:20 Apr-21-2016

Damn, I really need a new cpu. This is one of the games I built my PC for, and I can't friggin' wait :)


Edit: forgot I upgraded to 16gb ram a while ago lol

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07:32 Apr-21-2016

why not ddr4 ram? :(

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09:48 Apr-23-2016

Really, a new CPU? Look at mine, we have identical graphics processors... -_-

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03:20 Apr-25-2016

Your GPU alone is somewhat bottleneck-ish for you CPU m8

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23:01 Apr-20-2016

Why is everyone complaining? The original Mirror's Edge didn't come with lower requirements at the time. I kind of expected this game to be like this, in fact I'm surprised, because I guessed it'll require an even more hungry rig. I don't have a problem with this besides the fact that I'm not a fan of EA anymore. O.o

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08:40 Apr-22-2016

yup true even back in the days mirrors edge original was the most graphical game ever... It had really high graphic requirements at that time too

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20:13 Apr-20-2016

Welcome to modern PC gaming, where the system requirements are made up and optimization doesn't matter!


I never even bother looking at system requirements anymore. They're hardly ever accurate. Their only real purpose is in ballparking how demanding one game is relative to another.

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22:28 Apr-20-2016

Like you need to look at the system requirements :D you have the top PC mate.

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00:23 Apr-21-2016

He never forgot where he came from. When he's running this st 60fps+, he will remember us lowly ones

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02:42 Apr-21-2016

Indeed. Before this, I was rocking a GTX 650m, and prior to that I was running something ATI made before AMD bought them up. But, as the saying goes, it's not about the hardware in your rig, it's about the software in your heart. :)

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19:38 Apr-20-2016

650 Ti and R9 270X?


F*** off EA!!! We don't have time for your BS..

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21:24 Apr-20-2016

GTX 970 and R9 280X lol

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19:09 Apr-20-2016

what would i be looking at in terms of running this? settings and fps?


Thanks!

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19:00 Apr-20-2016

medium-high, according to the thing? I'll take it :3

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18:30 Apr-20-2016

When i first read the title i thought ea was again messing things up(as always) but it turned out acceptable.

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17:28 Apr-20-2016

Well then, Screw you EA! Not everyone can crap golden bricks to afford the specs you set as a recommendation! You get nothing! You Lose! Good Day Sir!

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19:02 Apr-20-2016

dude..you've probably got low-medium in the bag. they're high, sure, but not much worse than most AAA games of today. LIke, the requirements tool said I could hit medium-high. If optimization's okay, which EA do have decent optimization at least. my laptop was $1500, but it equals an -$600 tower.

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19:45 Apr-20-2016

I was quoting Willy Wonka's famous rant while making a point as well! Still though, I don't think they optimized it to it's full capabilities when they could've

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20:44 Apr-20-2016

ah okay XD and probably not

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00:25 Apr-21-2016

Yeah, I'm willing to **** on EA for many, many things. But their games are generally well optimised.

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03:54 Apr-21-2016

Laptops are awesome though, I don't mind the extra cost for portability :). OP, you'll be able to run it. Your cpu does look like quite a bottleneck though. Game makers have deals with cpu and gpu makers to do what they just did. Which is make out their game to be impossible to enjoy unless you have the top hardware they suggested. Then, before the game even comes out, boobs will go out and pay a bunch of money to do upgrades they didn't even need. That's my theory anyway.

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16:16 Apr-21-2016

well yeah, I would rather have my laptop, than a tower anyday.


and i learned something X3

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20:44 May-04-2016

smart man. i said it way before you.its a way gpu vendors use to extract money from our wallets.they are happy devs ship unoptimised ports so as to stimulate rapid upgrade cycle..

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16:08 Apr-20-2016

"Sky scraping" requirements.

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03:06 Apr-21-2016

I'm wondering if I'm getting upvoted by the fellow high end pc users.

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15:23 Apr-20-2016

An gtx 650 ti doesnt even compare with an r9 270x so Nvidia win at min req, but at recommended AMD beat Nvidia because r9 280x is slower than gtx 970...what joke is this?
Plus that RAM req is another joke.16 GB RAM standard this days??? maybe not for games standard and if its for games for unoptimized ones.

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15:39 Apr-20-2016

270x is better than a 660...atleast its one way i meet the requirements

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16:00 Apr-20-2016

guys guys, what do you call it me fantasizing to play this game on my 560ti?

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17:32 Apr-20-2016

I think it will work depending on resolution but i wont despair because frostbite 3 is one of the most optimized engine and good looking one.I played star wars battlefront on my native resolution with almost everything on ultra just AA,ambient occlusion and others on OFF with no significant drops maybe none i dont remember but it ran like butter.

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17:35 Apr-20-2016

Also you have 4 GB RAM, that should be enough for low i think for this game,maybe even more.Lets just wait to see how well optimized is because i dont trust any of those requirements released these days.Another example being DOOM...but that game is a little broken if i can say.

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13:41 Apr-21-2016

well if that's the case hell I am sure hoping I will run it at medium if I get more ram...thanks for heads up I was even having about battlefront but now it seems I can run it withou
t any trouble except few options off

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18:30 Apr-25-2016

Glad i could help :D

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14:23 Apr-20-2016

will i manage medium settings?

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19:03 Apr-20-2016

possibly. will depend on Optimization.

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13:48 Apr-20-2016

I hope rather I pray that my gtx 560ti can run this game because even the sites tell that 560ti 1gb edition is more powerful than 650ti 2gb edition.... Honestly the game requirements ain't much unless you are living hand to mouth

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17:23 Apr-20-2016

newer games need the extra vram

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22:53 Apr-20-2016

yes and optimisation ;)

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13:17 Apr-20-2016

Dammit, was hoping to hold out on a ram upgrade till closer to the end of the year -_-

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13:17 Apr-20-2016

In DICE we trust. But Denuvo is probably responsible for the sky-high system requirements.

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