Prey PC System Requirements Revealed

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 9:50 AM
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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.

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13:03 May-08-2017

I'm pretty sure my gpu is keeping me from going ultra in some games Vram is too low now a days. Should be fine for Prey I think.

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17:41 May-02-2017

Will my dinosaur PC run this game at 1366x768 medium-high?(my monitor is 1080P, but i play most games on a 1366x768 32 in TV)

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18:55 May-02-2017

Yes it should work if optimization isn't bad. Not sure how well though with your lower than 2GB VRAM available. May stutter and drop off a bit because of your VRAM limitation. Otherwise you should be good. Hopefully running at a lower resolution will help with that VRAM limitation. Good luck

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17:47 May-03-2017

Thanks for the reply, i will post my FPS when i buy this game on future.

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09:08 May-02-2017

feels good when you see your pc is not dead yet and still can run games :D

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11:33 May-08-2017

hi

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04:40 Apr-30-2017

Seems like I can run this at 1080p ultra 35-45 fps.

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02:55 May-01-2017

Maybe even higher than that, provided no heavy background processes are running.

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18:21 Apr-29-2017

I just had to play the Demo on PS4 and i really enjoyed it, once the PC version is out and we see how performance is then i'll decide what platform to buy it on.

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13:45 Apr-29-2017

cool my graphic card can this.

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01:05 Apr-29-2017

16gb ram requirement is nonsense imo

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02:13 Apr-29-2017

Maybe, but there is a good reason why developers do this. It is not uncommon for them to suggest hardware more powerful than is actually needed to run the game. I would personally do the same.

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15:25 May-07-2017

why 16 GB RAM? better stability and less stuttering i think.

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20:02 Apr-28-2017

All these increase in ram requirements makes me want to get 2 more sticks just as a buffer.

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03:54 Apr-29-2017

It is useful no matter who says it isn't. May not necessarily get better frame rates in games, but general system performance will seem a little snappier during long sessions of use. Will definitely smooth out any stuttering when playing games while running background apps that do push total RAM usage up to your current 16GB limit.

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17:34 Apr-29-2017

Strange to get down voted for that reply. I wonder why anyone would have a problem with me giving factually good advise?

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18:44 Apr-29-2017

Could of been the type that is trolling or they have a hard time affording 16gb of memory.

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19:29 Apr-29-2017

Ah... well I didn't really think about that. RAM is cheap or at least it was cheap when I got mine, but I guess that when people are on a strict budget it is one of the first things to get skimped on. I don't consider 8GB skimping by any means, but in truth 16GB is probably going to be the most common recommended for gaming going forward for the next few years. People may as well get use to it, and having extra memory for cache is still a good thing if someone can afford it.

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17:52 Apr-28-2017

It's strange. Remember when a game used to have a 2GB minimum RAM requirment? I used a laptop back then but I never had RAM related crashes even though the system was weak.
Now even with 8GB of RAM I get a few crashes on and off when the action heats up. Watch Dogs 2 does this constantly, no idea why :C

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20:03 Apr-28-2017

Well time to get 16gb now then i would say.

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11:14 Apr-29-2017

For my next build. Not much point when the rest of my system won't really be able to maximize the benefit of the increased RAM.

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12:42 Apr-29-2017

Um on my old system with my i5 2500 i got 16gb of memory and i saw the performance boost so i have no idea how you wouldn't be able to if you have a i5 4590.

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17:43 Apr-28-2017

Barely any graphics tweaking, no beta on PC, bad console graphics... Smells fishy to me, eh?

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12:46 Apr-28-2017

Remember, not a single pre-order, especially since they skipped the beta on PC!

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11:21 Apr-28-2017

Rise of the Tomb Raider run out of ram... huh. What's wrong with Your PC then? That game needed no more than 6GB and crashes doesn't happen because of RAM. Game just starts to stutter a lot.

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11:27 Apr-28-2017

Well, ILoveLesbians, it crashes to desktop and I get a W10 error saying not enough memory. That's basically it. I can close a ton of processes and get it running reliably, as I advise up above, but it's definitely an annoyance. If RotR uses 6GB as you say, that doesn't leave a lot for everything else.

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17:39 Apr-28-2017

I have never watched my RAM usage when playing Rise of the Tomb Raider. I mainly watch VRAM usage now days. I may have to look at it and see just how much it is using.

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11:53 Apr-28-2017

Rottr maxed settings 2xSSAA requires around 12GB on my PC. Depends on your game settings too.

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10:33 Apr-28-2017

GTX 660 "very low-end"? Its not new anymore but since it's still on par with the RX 460 I wouldn't call it very low-end. Thats the for the GTX 650/460.

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11:30 Apr-28-2017

As with anything like that, it's open to interpretation. It depends where your cut-off point is. If you think the GTX 660 isn't low-end then you can adjust expectations accordingly.

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Well, with the availability of pretty affordable GTX 1080 and 1080Ti cards the 660 IS actually a low-end card in 2017. But as Jon said - it's up to you to decide.

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17:58 Apr-28-2017

It's was a mid range card between 2014 and 2015, so I can not see it being a mid ranged now... it's performance is not on par with the RX 460 even - not due to the capabilities of the card,but due to the driver issues / lack of optimization for older NVIDIA GPUs

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10:29 Apr-28-2017

seems decent , but no PC beta got me suspicious about the performance.

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waiting for a 1080p GTX 970 benchmarks for this game at high and low settings.

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