It's been a rough ride for the X series. Once a sci-fi juggernaut, Egosoft's X: Rebirth was an unmitigated disaster. To the studio's credit, it has spent the last five years trying to salvage the space sim, although with limited success. Now they're back though, with X4: Foundations. A clean slate with which Egosoft is looking to build the "most sophisticated universe simulation ever". A tall claim, but X4: Foundations is already one giant leap ahead of Star Citizen in that it has a November 30th release date.

As for what this reinvention of X will entail, all is laid bare in a new X4: Foundations gameplay trailer.

As an aside, the X4: Foundations system requirements are also out in the world. These were updated and added to the site by Loukas371 all the way back in August, but they're doing the news rounds so here they are once again. Suffice to say, you're going to need quite a hulking beast of a PC to run X4: Foundations.

X4: Foundations Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • API: Vulkan 1.1
  • HDD: 12GB Available Hard Drive Space

X4: Foundations Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 8 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1070 or Radeon RX Vega 56
  • API: Vulkan 1.1
  • HDD: 12GB Available Hard Drive Space

See, I wasn't kidding, X4: Foundations appears to be an incredibly demanding game. The minimum specs are actually similar to the recommended specs for most modern games, providing some idea of just how challenging X4: Foundations could be to run effectively.

X4: Foundations' recommend system specs are sky-high as well. It's unclear whether this is for 4K resolution or just 1080p, but the recommended GTX 1070 or Radeon RX Vega 56 GPUs are very high indeed for 1080p gaming. They'll need to be paired with a rock-solid quad-core processor with multithreading.

One shining light here is that X4: Foundations is one of those rare games that supports the Vulkan graphics API, and only Vulkan. In theory, this means we can potentially look forward to great performance on AMD Radeon hardware, rather than the usual favouring of Nvidia we often see in DX11 titles.

 

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run X4: Foundations System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the X4: Foundations GPU benchmark chart and we also have an X4: Foundations Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.