If you’ve been desperately craving taking part in your very own rendition of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and yet sadly don’t meet the minimum requirements for Resident Evil 7, there is hope at hand. Resident Evil VII: Biohazard’s Patch #2 brings support for older CPUs.
The patch issued by Capcom is short but sweet, doing one thing and one thing only - “Added support for older generation CPUs. More specifically, the game no longer requires SSSE3 SIMD instruction set.”
This update therefore means that any processors strictly with SSE2 support will now be compatible with Resident Evil 7. The downside is that almost all CPUs without SSSE3 support are extremely old and therefore low-end, so performance is still going to be dodgy.
CPUs with SSE3 include AMD Bobcat, Bulldozer and Piledriver, while for Intel this includes Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core i7, Core i5, Core i3 and Pentium Dual Core, so if you’ve got anything that pre-dates these processors then you may be in luck. A word of warning though - any CPUs older than those listed are likely to be an extreme bottleneck in terms of Resident Evil VII’s PC performance.
For more information on Resident Evil 7's system requirements be sure to check out its game page, where you can compare your rig against the recommended specs and receive an estimated frame rate.