We're just over a week away from the Prey reboot's launch, so we were a little concerned when we still didn't have system requirements, particularly after Arkane decided to skip a PC demo. They're out now though, and just in the nick of time. Should you want to scare yourself witless in the depths of space, here's the specs you'll need to run Prey (2017) on PC.

Prey Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • DX: DirectX 11

Prey Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290
  • DX: DirectX 11

The good news is that Arkane Texas has managed to trim the system requirements ever so slightly in comparison to its sister studio's Dishonored 2. In truth there's no actually much to compare between the two - Dishonored 2 used an in-house game engine, Prey uses a reworked CryEngine.

I played the demo on PS4 last night and, on Sony's console at least, it wasn't particularly good looking. Not bad, but definitely not as good as last year's big immersive sim, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The PC version may look a lot better, so we'll have to wait and see.

Anyway, the upshot is that the minimum specs for Prey 2017 aren't too demanding at all. The GeForce GTX 660 and the Radeon HD 7850 are both very low-end graphics cards in 2017, although it's likely they're only going to be good for stable frame rates at 720p.

I've found with previous games that recommend 16GB of RAM, that using 8GB can create some problems also. I've had Deus Ex, Rise of the Tomb Raider and COD: Black Ops III crash on me because they've ran out of RAM, so if you do want to play Prey with 8GB then make sure you close any background processes you're running first.

As well as the official PC system requirements for PC, Bethesda has also revealed the PC graphics settings available to tweak. These are as follows:

Prey 2017 PC Graphics Options

  • Object Detail
  • Shadow Quality
  • Texture Quality
  • Anisotropic Filtering
  • Anti-Aliasing
  • Horizontal Field of View
  • Screen Space Directional Occlusion
  • Screen Space Reflections

Quite a small selection there, but we'll see just how much scalability there is to the graphics settings when we do our Prey PC Performance Breakdown at launch.


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