Unless you've had your head buried in the sand, you've probably noticed ARK: Survival Evolved has become a ridiculous success. It's rapidly become one of the biggest survival games in existence, always sitting in the top 10 most played games on Steam. ARK is now big enough to get its own spin-off, ARK Park. ARK Park lets users strap on a headset and explore these prehistoric worlds filled with dinosaurs in the nearest thing you're going to get to Jurassic Park. ARK runs like turd though, so it comes as little surprise ARK Park is one of the most demanding games in existence.

ARK Park Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHz or AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 8 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon Pro Duo
  • DX: DirectX 11

ARK Park Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-5960X 3.0 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 8 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon Pro Duo

If you want to see a frighteningly high set of system requirements, these right here for ARK Park are it. I guess it should be expected that a virtual reality spin-off from a game which runs absolutely terribly needs some horrifically powerful hardware to get it up and running. It's why we see the almighty Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 as the minimum graphics card for ARK Park. The minimum. Just let that sink in a moment. Onwards.

The only answer AMD currently has to this is a dual-GPU Radeon Pro Duo, a $1500 graphics card. There's basically no higher you can get than this, which is why we see the exact same graphics card pairing crop up in the ARK Park recommended requirements.

CPU demands are also incredibly high. A quad-core i7 from 2014 is given as the minimum, which seems frankly ridiculous. The only thing AMD has which gets close to this level of performance is the FX-9590. The recommended specs then hit the absolute peak, just as the graphics card did. An Intel Core i7-5960X is recommended for ARK Park. AMD has no answer to this at the moment, it may by the time ARK Park launches.

So there we go, ARK Park is currently the game with the highest system requirements in the world. A lot of this is going to come down to the VR support. These headsets need to be driven at a rock-solid 120FPS in order to prevent motion sickness, something which developer Snail Games thinks only the GeForce GTX 1080 8GB can do.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the ARK Park System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the ARK Park GPU benchmark chart and we also have a ARK Park Frame Per Second system performance chart for you to check.