Mass Effect 3 PC requirements have arrived

You won’t need anything like the gear aboard the Normandy to run ME 3 on PC. Just Origin

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Bioware has officially announced the level of beefiness a PC will require to run Mass Effect 3. The requirements are really quite light, which shouldn’t be too surprising, this is a five years old series running on Unreal 3, after all. As always, the requirements come in two flavors: “Minimum” and “Recommended.” Take a look:

Minimum Spec:

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 - 2.5 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 Spec:

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 - 2.5 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

These requirements come from a post in Bioware’s official forums by Community Coordinator Chris Priestly. This news comes on the heels of Priestly’s announcement that ME 3’s PC version will require Origin activation to play.

Mass Effect 3 has a release date of March 6, and don’t forget to grab the demo when it drops on February 14.