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Mass Effect 3 PC system requirements revealed
Posted: 19.01.2012 07:01 by Comments: 16
The system requirements for the PC version of Mass Effect 3 have been revealed. Check them out to see if your rig is able to handle the final chapter of the Commander Shepard trilogy.


Minimum system requirements:

* OS - Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7
* Supported chipsets: NVIDIA 7900 or better; ATI X1800 or better. Please note that NVIDIA GeForce 9300, 8500, 8400, and 8300 are below minimum system requirements, as are AMD/ATI Radeon HD3200, HD3300, and HD4350. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.
* CPU - 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)
* RAM - 1GB for XP / 2GB RAM for Vista/Win 7
* Disc Drive - 1x speed
* Hard Drive - 15 GB of free space
* Video - 256 MB* (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)
* Sound - DirectX 9.0c compatible
* DirectX - DirectX 9.0c August 2009 (included)


Recommended system requirements:

* OS - Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7
* CPU - 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)
* RAM - 2GB for XP / 4GB RAM for Vista/Win 7
* Disc Drive - 1x speed
* Hard Drive - 15 GB of free space
* Video - AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB or greater, NVidia GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB or greater
* Sound - DirectX 9.0c compatible


Mass Effect 3 is due to be released on the 6th March in North America, and the 9th March worldwide.
Source: Kotaku
Related games: Mass Effect 3 (PC)
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Comments

By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 19, 2012
SirRoderick
That pic raises my hopes of improved customisation :)
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jan 19, 2012
JonahFalcon
@Chosen_One: No. That DLC is for playing the FREE demo.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jan 19, 2012
JonahFalcon
The armor increases all of your damage. The gun fires discs that explode.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 19, 2012
herodotus
Very average Reqs, but then most are these days....until the game is released and the cavalcade of bugs and hardware conflicts occur.
What IS surprising is that these games are connected, as one will be Origin-only ("ME3") but the other not. Very weird.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 19, 2012
SirRoderick
I like that they've stopped with the ridiculous speed of extra graphical power rising. Fact is that graphics are at a stage where improving them takes enourmous resources for a small payoff. Mass Effect doesn't need to look exponentially better with every release because it will still look good and had all the graphical tools any "director" would want to use. It's becoming more of an environment of style over power, which is definately a good thing.

Mind you they won't stop trying to make super realistic looking games etc, but it shouldn't be the main drive of any game. Supreme example of that: Crysis. Great visuals, crap plot, crap motivations, fairly bland gameplay despite the fancy nano suit.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jan 19, 2012
JonahFalcon
@herodotus: Mass Effect 3 is *not* Origin-only. It can be bought on Direct2Drive, etc. It just REQUIRES Origin to be installed for activation and DLC purchases.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 19, 2012
herodotus
My mistake. The trouble is Direct2Drive is going over to Gamefly shortly and that requires it's own service (like Steam and Origin) to run so I would not be buying it from them. Besides, EA products on D2D are not diistributed Worldwide but restricted to UK/EU and North America/Canada/Mexico.
Gamersgate and Steam will be global if they release the game, but it will still be top dollar at $80-90 here. No game, I'm afraid is worth that.
@SirRoderick
The flipside of course is best shown by "Dragon Age II" and the demo for "Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning". Crap visuals, crap controls, crap gameplay and crap motivation (the latter two only hinted at in the demo).
So basically you end up with a crap console port, with limited to no PC customisation. I hope this will not be the case for "ME3".
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 19, 2012
SirRoderick
DA II did not have crap visuals in my opinion. That actually looked better than DA:O, which was the only improvement in there. Odd.

One more thing: orange/blue contrasts.

I.am.so.sick. of that contrast. It's everywhere, once you notice it it just does not go away anywhere. Nearly all major movies and games, it's like the lazy styling option. ME2 had that in abundance as well. Killzone uses nothing but, just off the top of my head.

EDIT
...erm, no offence to whomever designed this site. :/
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 20, 2012
herodotus
Hmm, it is odd. I thought "DA II" just had the same-old-same-old look that all multiplatform games have, particularly when simply ported to PC. Even "W40K Space Marine" simply looked "okay".
Perhaps I was spoilt by "The Witcher" and other games made for PC, or at least doing as much as they can within the limits of the hardware architecure they are releasing for ("Batman: Arkham City, for example).
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 20, 2012
SirRoderick
Again with the visuals...ME 2 looked great! I'm baffled by the difference in opinions there.

As for the plot, not stellar but not bad was my opinion.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 20, 2012
herodotus
Well, for example some are saying "SW:TOR" looks great, while others (and I'm talking the professional reviews here) say the visuals are kind of okay but not anything to write home about. It all depends if you like BioWare's engine or not. I'm not overwhelmed by it, but then not sick to death of it either as I am with the Creation Engine Bethesda uses.
I thought "ME 2" looks good, not great but not bad either. I have seen better, though.
In an RPG, particularly the Third and First Person types today visuals are extremly important to many. I used to always just "fill in the blanks" with imagination (it's all we had with text-based titles), but once you've been awe-struck by brilliant visuals just once, you expect it consistently.
I'll wait and see how gamers receive "ME3" before dropping a wa of dosh on it. I still want "SW:TOR", and almost gave in on an impulse the other day. Trouble is, it's just so damned expensive here.
By Pototox (SI Core Member) on Jan 21, 2012
Pototox
Oh my... I need this game nao! :P
I hope I can see Tali's face!!!