I think we can all safely agree The Creative Assembly is a dab hand at real-time strategy games. When the team isn't busy expanding Total War: Warhammer, CA has also been putting the final touches to Halo Wars 2, a full-blown RTS set within the Halo universe. Build bases, amass an army and get stuck into a campaign set after the events of Halo 5: Guardians. It's a Microsoft-published RTS which is reason enough to get excited for AoE fans. Before you pre-purchase on the notoriously finnicky Windows Store, check out the Halo Wars 2 official PC system requirements to ensure you can run it.

Halo Wars 2 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7750 2GB
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: 25 GB Installation Size

Halo Wars 2 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: 25 GB Installation Size

Halo Wars 2 is a first-party Microsoft published game available as part of the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative. You know the score by now - it means Halo Wars 2 is only available via the Windows Store, requires Windows 10 and a DirectX 12-capable graphics card.

Without that out of the way, what about the rest of Halo Wars 2's system specs? The first things to note is the massive disparity between the minimum and recommend system requirements for Halo Wars 2. Down at the low end you really don't need a very powerful gaming PC to get Halo Wars 2 up and running. In fact, Microsoft even suggests you can get away with an Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, although you're probably going to experience some serious performance shortfalls. Your only real concern when it comes to graphics cards is that you've got a 2GB DX11 video card. If you've got that then you're gold - Halo Wars 2 will run fine on your system.

The jump to the recommended specs for Halo Wars 2 then is gigantic. With low graphics settings you can get away with an iGPU but if you want to crank Halo Wars 2 up to ultra then you're going to need some serious graphics card firepower. Both the GeForce GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 480 are interchangeable in terms of performance. The GTX 1060 is a mid-range graphics card while the Radeon RX 480 is a high-end Polaris Radeon chip.

Lastly just another reminder that Halo Wars 2 is a Windows Store exclusive. You will need to be running Windows 10 to play Halo Wars 2. Fortunately it is just an RTS so fingers crossed the performance demands won't be too extreme, a notorious bug bear of Microsoft's Windows Store Xbox Play Anywhere titles.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the Halo Wars 2 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Halo Wars 2 GPU benchmark chart.