After a weekend spent looking enviously on at the console crowd, PC players will be getting the Destiny 2 PC beta from August 28th, Bungie has announced. Early Access to the Destiny 2 PC beta begins on August 28th for those who pre-order Destiny 2, while the open beta starts a day later on August 29th. The Destiny 2 beta ends on August 31st. To help you get prepped, Bungie has released the official Destiny 2 PC beta system requirements as well. These are subject to change. However, they do give us a glimpse of the hardware needed to run Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3250 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-4350 4.2GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7850
  • HDD: TBA
  • DX: DirectX 11

Destiny 2 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 390
  • HDD: TBA
  • DX: DirectX 11

Now that's not really what we were expecting. Destiny 2's system requirements are generally well below the average for a AAA game in 2017. This is perhaps a remnant of the original Destiny being cross-platform with the last gen Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. It's good news for us though because Destiny 2 should work on a huge range of PCs, and having played the beta on PS4 last weekend I can confirm it looks pretty damn nice.

Onto to the nitty gritty then, and Destiny 2's minimum system requirements are very low end indeed. A dual core processor is all you'll be needing, although clock speeds of at least 3.5GHz are a must. Anything lower than that and you'll probably be needing a quad-core CPU.

As for the graphics card, a 2GB VRAM GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7850 should run Destiny 2 fine at lower resolutions.

While Bungie hasn't specified, looking at the recommended requirements for Destiny 2 it looks as if this is what you'll need to play at 1080p / High, hopefully at 60 frames per second. The GeForce GTX 970 is one of the most popular graphics cards around, while AMD users will need at least a Radeon R9 390 to max out the settings. For the current generation of graphics cards, a GeForce GTX 1050 or Radeon RX 460 should be capable of hitting Destiny 2's minimum specs, while the GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 480 are both good to go at recommended.

There's a pretty big disparity between the Ryzen 5 1600X CPU and the Intel Core i5-2400 recommended, so it's fairly likely some older and slightly weaker AMD CPUs should also be able to run Destiny 2 without a hitch.

One last thing is to highlight the low memory requirement of Destiny 2 on PC. Again, probably to do with its console roots, but you'll only need 8GB RAM to meet the recommended specs and 6GB for the minimum.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the Destiny 2 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Destiny 2 GPU benchmark chart and we also have a Destiny 2Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.

Thanks to harukazuu for spotting these as well.