Microsoft Releasing Halo Wars on Steam This Week - Full System Requirements Revealed

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 10:44 AM
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In a promising indication of Microsoft’s potential future plans, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is coming to Steam this week. Originally bundled in with Halo Wars 2 as a Windows 10 Store exclusive, Microsoft has loosened the shackles and allowed its most iconic brand onto the Steam store.

The very fact this is happening is probably more exciting than the game itself, which is very much a console friendly RTS-lite with basic base-building that calls to mind Command and Conquer 3 & 4. The port shows Microsoft is open to experimenting with Steam, and happy for its games to co-exist on both platforms. It’s still a long way from Gears of War 4 coming to Steam, but it’s looking a whole lot more likely now.

Anyway, if Halo Wars: Definitive Edition looks your bag, it’s probably a far cheaper alternative than forking out $60 for Halo Wars 2 on the Windows Store. The fundamentals don’t appear to have changed much between the two. Halo Wars originally released for the Xbox 360 seven years ago, so thankfully the official Halo Wars: Definitive Edition system requirements are mercifully light.

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2115C 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon II X3 460 3.4 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 710 or AMD Radeon HD 6570
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 12 GB available space

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-650 3.2 GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 615e 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 5850
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 12 GB available space 

Just as you'd expect from an old game like this, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition should be a cinch to run on PC. Just about any DirectX 11-capable graphics card in existence should be more than capable of running Halo Wars PC, and any CPU from the last 6 or 7 years. It's difficult to picture many scenarios in which any system bought in the last five years should have any trouble at all with running Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, even Intel HD Graphics 4200 and above should be able to play it without breaking a sweat.

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

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22:39 Apr-18-2017

Well finely,! i give Microsoft props for potentially Releasing Halo Wars on Steam,
some what,, breaking their own Closed Platform Ego-System. hopefully there will release more games titles there will be a-bit more open mind to have both on Steam and windows platform


#MakeMircosoftOpen2SteamGames

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19:59 Apr-18-2017

Well, does this mean that we can now begin to feel cautiously hopeful about seeing MCC on pc, considering that last year, Phil Spencer said -
“In terms of Halo FPS on PC, I think there’s a ton of opportunity for us right now, but I don’t want to get into a world where we’re looking back, like at Halo 5,” -

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18:18 Apr-18-2017

Cool thing to have a HALO world RTS on Steam.Hopefully they will do same for Halo Wars 2........if they can.

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17:45 Apr-18-2017

Hopefully this is a sign!

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17:05 Apr-18-2017

It makes me sad that a gt 710 can run a game I can't simply because of directX

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14:55 Apr-18-2017

New Halo game on Steam...I ain't even mad.

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14:07 Apr-18-2017

Hope it's reasonably priced

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12:26 Apr-18-2017

Excellent news on all accounts, i enjoyed this game on console and i am sure i will enjoy it on pc. Good to see Microsoft working with others.

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11:19 Apr-18-2017

A microsoft game coming to steam? Well this is an awesome news!!!

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