Returnal will require a lot of RAM to run smoothly on PC

One Returnal’s PC port was confirmed at The Game Awards last week, and like most PlayStation 4 and 5 games that come out on that alternative platform, you’ll need some modern hardware to get the best performance possible. Oddly enough, Returnal’s RAM requirements are much higher than previous PlayStation ports, as you’ll need 32GB of RAM to keep the roguelite action running smoothly.

That’s according to the Steam listing for the game (discovered by WccfTech), requires a minimum of 16GB of RAM to get started. What makes this number stand out is that other graphics-intensive games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Dying Light 2 run just fine with 8-16GB of RAM, and even some of Sony’s previous ports don’t require that much RAM. unless you’re looking for a 4K experience with every PC setting set to the highest possible. Returnal is a PS5 console exclusive and isn’t available on PS4 like some other first-party games from PlayStation, which might explain its demanding requirements.

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For example, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Recommended by Miles Morales 16GB of RAM if you plan to play at 1440p at 60fps with super ray tracing enabled, and 32GB of RAM if you want to enhance the experience up to 4K. Other than that, Returnal’s rest of the requirements are pretty standard by its standards. Steam page list. An Nvidia RTX 2070 or AMD RX 6700 XT graphics card should be able to handle all the alien horrors in Returnal well, and you’ll need 60 GB of storage available.

The PC version of Returnal is being co-developed by Climax Studios, the company that has a long history of working on the portals and previously helped bring Housemarque’s Resogun and Dead Nation to PC.

Minimum setting returns

  • Operating system: Windows 10 64-bit (version 1903)
  • processor: Intel Core i5-6400 (4 cores 2.7GHz) AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (4 cores 3.5GHz)
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) AMD Radeon RX 580 (8GB)
  • Warehouse: Free space 60 GB
  • Additional notes: Recommended SSD

Recommended return settings

  • Operating system: Windows 10 64-bit (version 1903)
  • processor: Intel i7-8700 (6 cores 3.7 GHz) AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (8 cores 3.7 GHz)
  • Memory: 32GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia RTX 2070 Super (8 GB) AMD RX 6700 XT (12 GB)
  • Warehouse: Free space 60 GB

2022 has seen several PlayStation games arrive on PC, as both Insomniac’s Spider-Man games were in 2018. God of Warand Collection Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves available now, and will see next year The Last of Us Part 1 is also aimed at PC.

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