What’s it going to take to view the lush, pristine tropical scenery of Far Cry 3 on your home PC? A beastly gaming rig, that’s what.
Ubisoft has released the system requirements for the Windows version of the third main Far Cry installment, and they definitely demand a high-end machine. The minimum and recommend specs are fairly reasonable, save for the 4GB base memory requirement, but the hi-performance specs get pretty crazy. Of course, if you’re a hardcore PC gamer running the latest and greatest technology, you’ll probably have these specs smoked.
Also of great importance to PC gamers is the type of DRM they’ll face in Far Cry 3. This is Ubisoft after all, a company that has often taken a very customer-unfriendly approach to combating piracy. The good news is Far Cry 3 will not require an always-online connection. Ubisoft has ditched that method, thank the Lord. Instead Far Cry 3 will require a one-time online activation through Uplay. After that, the game can be switched to offline mode in the Uplay settings menu, if you just want to play by yourself without any of the online social features.
Now, on to those system requirements…
DirectX9c graphics card with 512MB Video RAM
Dual core CPU
Example minimum 1 (NVidia/Intel)
Intel Core2 Duo E6700
Example minimum 2 (AMD)
AMD Radeon HD2900
AMD Athlon64 X2 6000+
DirectX11 graphics card with 1024MB Video RAM
Quad core CPU
Example recommended 1 (NVidia/Intel):
Intel Core i3-530
Example recommended 2 (AMD):
AMD Radeon HD5770
AMD Phenom II X2 565
Latest DirectX11 graphics card
Latest quad core CPU
Example hi-performance (NVidia/Intel):
Intel Core i7-2600K
Example hi-performance (AMD):
AMD Radeon HD7970
AMD Bulldozer FX4150
Far Cry 3 launches December 4th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.