The Ascent PC system requirements revealed and they require a pretty beefy setup

Written by Chad Norton on Thu, Jul 29, 2021 12:23 PM
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Today's the day as the highly anticipated twin-stick Cyberpunk RPG shooter is finally launching on PC and consoles later. With the new release today we're taking a look at the official PC system requirements for The Ascent and just how demanding this game actually is...

First of all, the below specs looks to be pretty demanding, at least in terms of the recommended requirements. Considering The Ascent will be supporting ray tracing and Nvidia DLSS at launch, we assume the target of "High" graphics settings includes ray tracing.

It's a shame that the developers haven't included recommended specs for non-ray tracing, but we'll have to see what performance is like when the game officially releases later today. There also seems to be a pretty major disparity in performance on the minimum required GPU between Nvidia and AMD hardware.

With that said, let's take a look at the official The Ascent PC system requirements...

The Ascent minimum system requirements - 30fps / Low graphics settings / 1080p

*Official processor system requirements only listed Intel branded hardware, so we have provided our own specs for AMD CPUs based on the hardware descriptions provided.

The Ascent recommended system requirements - 60fps / High graphics settings / 1080p

*Official processor system requirements only listed Intel branded hardware, so we have provided our own specs for AMD CPUs based on the hardware descriptions provided.

Your PC will need a graphics card that is at least as powerful as an RTX 2080 or RX 6800 XT paired with either a Core i9-9900K or Ryzen 7 3700X processor in order to match the recommended system requirements for The Ascent. You will also need 16GB of RAM in order to achieve 60fps performance on High graphics settings at 1080p resolution.

The Ascent will need a GPU that is at least as powerful as a GTX 660 or R9 390X coupled with a Core i5-3470 or FX-8350 CPU and 8GB of system memory to match the minimum system requirements. This should then deliver 30fps performance on Low graphics settings at 1080p resolution.

Overall, looking at the specs above we recommend at least a 3 year old PC in order to play The Ascent at its best.

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

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21:22 Jul-29-2021

I can confirm I get about 40 - 60 FPS on my rig with everything on high apart from motion blur which is off as it does my head in. So system specs are way too high. I'm even using an old GeForce driver on my 1080.

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20:31 Jul-30-2021

I'm running the game on ultra , at 4k too
On a laptop

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18:29 Jul-29-2021

They're insane requirements, and that's for HD at 1080, wonder what 4 K would need?

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17:00 Jul-29-2021

RTX 2080 for 60 fps, high settings at 1080p?? yeah right...

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15:32 Jul-29-2021

A RTX 2080 for 1080p/60fps? Really?

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16:02 Jul-29-2021

it cant be accurate i mean just look at minimum, how the hell can a gtx660 be equal with r9 390x

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10:44 Aug-01-2021

That must be with Raytracing.

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Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Intel HD Graphics 5500 Mobile 8GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Radeon R9 280 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 3GB Edition 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 4k
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Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Radeon HD 7500G 8GB