It's looking unrecognisable from its predecessors, but Resident Evil is back this coming January. Shedding the third-person action/adventure trappings that made up RE6, Resident Evil 7 goes back to the series' survival horror roots, albeit borrowing heavily from the likes of Amnesia, Outlast and P.T. for its intense first-person scares. The system requirements are already in for Resident Evil 7, and fortunately it looks like most people's gaming PCs won't be needing to chow down on a green herb.

Resident Evil 7 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R7 260X
  • DX: DirectX 11

Resident Evil 7 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon R9 280X

Compared to a lot of games there's not a great deal in it between Resident Evil 7's minimum and recommended system requirements. The info Capcom supplied along with these does help shed a little light on the situation though.

We'll start with RE7's recommended system requirements. This is the precise hardware you'll need to run Resi Evil VII at maximum graphics settings, 60 frames per second, on 1080p. Simple enough. Match this and it will likely look better than the PS4 version. Overall they're actually quite low for a set of recommended requirements as well, with a pair of mid-range previous gen graphics cards required. The GeForce GTX 960 and Radeon R9 280X can be had for for quite cheap these days. The CPU requirements are a little more concerning, and AMD increasingly doesn't have a suitable processor to stack up against Intel's recommended. Still, the i7-3770 and FX-9590 requirements are both probably over exaggerated.

Onto the minimum requirements for Resident Evil 7, and there's not actually a hugely massive drop in what hardware is required. However, this is what you'll need to play Resident Evil VII at 30 FPS / 1080p, with lower texture quality. This tells us there's still plenty of wiggle room beneath this for people with weaker systems, provided you're willing to sacrifice a few more graphics settings or lower the resolution.

We're still about four months out from Resident Evil 7's launch so these system requirements are subject to change, but they do give us a rough ballpark ahead of optimisations Capcom manages between now and January 2017. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Resident Evil 7 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Resident Evil 7 GPU benchmark chart.