Halo 5: Forge PC System Requirements Confirmed

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 3:29 PM
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In just over a week's time, Halo is back on PC where it belongs. In a roundabout way though, unfortunately, with PC gamers being treated to the oddity that is Halo 5: Forge on September 8th. It's all of Halo 5's map-making tools in ultra sharp 4K and a rock steady 60 frames per second. Rather than just build maps though, PC players are free to test them out online in 16-player deathmatches. It sounds hazy on the surface, but it's all going to be totally free so there's nothing stopping you from giving it a go, should you manage to meet Halo 5 Forge's system requirements that is. 

Halo 5: Forge Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500T 3.2 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 650 Ti or Radeon R7 260
  • HDD: 40 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

Halo 5: Forge Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 12 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 390
  • HDD: 40 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

Halo 5: Forge Ultra System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 980 Ti or Radeon R9 Fury X
  • HDD: 40 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

Look, it's a Microsoft published PC game in the year 2016, of course Halo 5: Forge has some ultra high system requirements. Fortunately however, there is a nice big gulf between the  minimum and the ultra, which we can estimate from Gears of War 4's system requirements scales from 1080p for minimum up to 4K for ultra.

As expected Windows 10 is a necessity. In fact, you'll need the recent Anniversary Update installed to play Halo 5 on PC, but if you've got Windows 10 this should all take care of itself in the background. Aside from this there isnt much to grumble about on the minimum specs. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti and Radeon R7 260 are mid-tier cards getting on a bit in years, likewise the CPUs.

For the majority of players the focus should be on hitting the recommended requirements. While Microsoft hasn't specified, Ultra likely only applies to those after a 4K / 60fps experience on the much extreme gaming rigs money can buy. The vast majority of us won't be able to do this, but at least the option's there if Halo 5: Forge has some legs and we're still playing 2 or 3 years down the line. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Halo 5: Forge System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Halo 5: Forge benchmark chart.

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19:49 Sep-04-2016

I'm actually excited for this one. Lately nothing has come out to blow my mind, hope this will.

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15:56 Aug-31-2016

I know-?! Let's build a PC game exclusive to OS 10, tada.
In comes Halo 5..uhm_m, it's still not working Mikisoft.
Try this, fix it and we will come.

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04:46 Aug-30-2016

Nooo! Is this it for my 260x? :( Man I love this card. I guess it's good that I managed to buy a rx480 online today, but I still want to use my 260x. Hang in there little guy

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07:09 Aug-30-2016

Since Forge is still over a week away from release, it's likely your new GPU will arrive first.

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09:58 Sep-03-2016

You were right :)

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01:13 Aug-30-2016

Good news, it's free. Bad news, not full game.

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20:31 Aug-29-2016

what the...? 16 gb of ram? this game was first made for xbox one....how the heck can they demand such requirements? like....what? sorry microsoft.....u lost me....

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21:44 Aug-29-2016

Because Ultra is for 4K resolution.

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23:16 Aug-29-2016

Even so, the Xbox One let's devs use 5GB of VRAM (this may have changed since, I don't know) and even at Recommended which is presumably High-Ultra @ 1080p, the game want's 12GB of system memory (Only 2GB of which will be for OS) and 4GB VRAM.


Unless they seriously increase map sizes and bump up the textures and shadows by a lot, it just doesn't add up, even with the lack of dynamic resolution.

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23:54 Aug-29-2016

Because the developers have to make the games to fit in the confines of the console. They need to see the game goes it's going to be for the final product. We are creating basic maps but get to exploit the power of our systems to view everything better than any console. That's not poor optimization, that's giving PC gamers what we want.

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19:59 Aug-29-2016

Hahah win10 anniversary update, i disabled all the updates practiclly everything that win10 offers with a special tool the moment i updated. If they want me to update this unworthy succsesor of a win then they can just put it up they're bumhole.If microsoft continiues like this it aint gona be good for them.

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20:26 Aug-29-2016

That makes two of us

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07:31 Aug-30-2016

that makes three of us

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11:51 Aug-30-2016

Which tool did you use?

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17:36 Aug-30-2016

A SIDE tool that Advance System Care has. It disables all the updates for ever like on win7. Of course you can activate the updates again.

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19:02 Aug-29-2016

Windows 10?
You serious?

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19:30 Aug-29-2016

It's kinda expected. It is Microsoft after-all. Maybe in time they'll make a deal with Steam.

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23:35 Aug-29-2016

Yes. Windows 10. The only operating system Microsoft sells its first party games on anymore. if you expected differently then you're either very out of the loop with the whole windows store situation, or you're unrealistically optimistic.

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12:19 Aug-30-2016

Oh no, i already knew that from the start. I just commented to express my hate :P

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13:30 Aug-30-2016

LOL

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18:57 Aug-29-2016

Doesnt the R9 Fury X have 4GB VRAM ? they should have putted maybe a 390X

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19:21 Aug-29-2016

HBM ram

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21:45 Aug-29-2016

HBM or not, 4GB is 4GB. Simple as that.

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22:58 Aug-29-2016

HBM only means that its a faster VRAM then usual like StarWarrior said 4GB is 4GB

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18:52 Aug-29-2016

whaaaat? What chances are for me then?

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19:32 Aug-29-2016

You'll do just fine.

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18:21 Aug-29-2016

Its listed recommended gpu as gtx 970 and recommended vram as 4gb hmmmmmm

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18:15 Aug-29-2016

why on the recommended cpu it says that fx-8350 is 3.5GHz when its 4.0

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20:13 Aug-29-2016

it's 4 GHz on Turbo

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20:20 Aug-29-2016

No hes right,
FX 8320 is 3.5ghz + 4ghz turbo
FX 8350 is 4ghz + 4.2 turbo

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16:40 Aug-29-2016

Wtf is this? 12 gb ram with 4 gb vram as recommended !! It better be well optimized

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15:45 Aug-29-2016

Looking forward to this. hopefully it will show them there is enough interest to bring the rest to pc.

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18:24 Aug-29-2016

Like Halo 3 :P
Actually this seems to be yet another MS propaganda to push Win10.

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