BioWare were clearly trying to catch me off guard releasing the official Mass Effect Andromeda system requirements deep into a Friday evening, but they won’t slip past me that easy. We’ve got the official systems specs you’re going to need in order to dust off your space boots and join the galaxy-wide quest with Ryder and co. So without further ado ladies, gents, and Korgans, here are the Mass Effect Andromeda system requirements.

Mass Effect Andromeda Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 55 GB available space

Mass Effect Andromeda Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.60 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 3GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 55 GB available space 

As you may be aware, pretty much all games published by EA these days are being developed in the Frostbite Engine. This includes Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, and now Mass Effect Andromeda. This gives us a fairly stable jumping off point. And, as you can see if you check out the BF1 game page, Mass Effect Andromeda features largely the same requirements as DICE’s shooter. The Frostbite engine has become synonymous with great visuals, fantastic performance and top-tier optimization. With any luck, Mass Effect 4 is no different.

DICE’s engine means we get a wide spread of requirements for ME Andromeda’s specs. Down at the low end we get very modest demands of a GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7850 as the minimum specs. These are very low level for a modern AAA game, but if MEA is anthing like Battlefield 1, you will definitely be able to get decent playable frame rates if you’re willing to drop the resolution and the graphics settings. Compared to the GPUs, the 8GB RAM requirement is however a bit lofty. I suspect most people won’t run into issues matching this but it is something to bear in mind.

The jump up to Mass Effect Andromeda’s recommended system requirements is a large one. Looking at what you need, that is basically a solid $800-1000 build. Don’t panic if you’re under this though, the DICE engne has proven itself extremely scalable and those with the likes a GTX 950 or a Radeon R9 370 are probably still going to get some very decent performance.

Elsewhere the RAM requirements double all the way up to 16GB (probably not necessary in truth) and MEA needs a top-end CPU from the last three years or so.

Lastly the installation size 55GB. Not really news in this day and age, that’s the size of most AAA games now. It will mean you’re probably going to want to begin your preload early if you want to be ready for Mass Effect Andromeda’s March 21st launch.

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