Wolfenstein: The New Order Requires Core i7 CPU on PC

If you want to play Bethesda’s upcoming shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order on your PC, you’re going to need an Intel Core i7 processor under the hood.

Bethesda unveiled the minimum system requirements for the PC version of Wolfenstein: The New Order today and while most of it is fairly conventional, there is one thing that really stands out: An Intel Core i7 CPU. As in, you need one.

The minimum requirements, in full:

  • 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
  • Intel Core i7 or equivalent AMD
  • 4 GB System RAM
  • 50 GB free HDD space
  • GeForce 460, ATI Radeon HD 6850
  • High Speed Internet Connection
  • Steam account and activation required

To be clear, Bethesda cites this as the minimum spec, not recommended, and generally speaking it’s the kind of hardware you’re likely to have anyway if you’re playing games on your PC – except for the Core i7. As a minimum requirement, it’s extremely unusual, to say the least.

There’s a wide range of Core i7 CPUs on the market, including dual, quad and six-core chips in desktop and mobile designs, with clock speeds ranging from under 2 GHz to well over 3 GHz, and so the requirement doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll need the latest and greatest chip to roll out of Intel this week. Bethesda didn’t specify which i7 model will be required to run the game, but it did confirm that the listed minimums are accurate.

“The system requirements are based on the game being a next-generation experience running at 60fps,” a rep said. “These are the system requirements to deliver the PC game as it was intended to be experienced.”

Just putting the Core i7 name on the box is a bold and potentially risky move, and one that may well put off a lot of PC gamers running older or less powerful processors. I’m rocking a Core 2 Quad myself, and there’s no way I’m going to upgrade before the May 20 launch date. What about you – will this high-end CPU requirement change your platform of choice?

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13 Comments on Wolfenstein: The New Order Requires Core i7 CPU on PC

Mike

On May 1, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I wouldn’t be too worried about this. Their page doesn’t state anywhere that it’s a minimum requirement (the page says it’s been updated, so it might have stated this before), it only says the usual crap excuse for bad optimization/hardware sponsorships. Considering the other requirements, a quad core will probably run it just fine even if it’s “omg next-generation ultra hd 10000p 634fps”.

Andy Chalk

On May 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

The Bethesda Blog cites it as “PC system requirements,” with no distinction between that and “recommended” specs, and a Bethesda rep confirmed it as well. It’s quite possible that the game will run on a lower-spec CPU but Bethsoft is being quite clear that it doesn’t want people to try – and it’s also becoming clear that lower-end chips, like mine, are on their last legs.

Mike

On May 1, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Whatever the situation is now, i expect to see further clarification in the coming days. Nevertheless, i think this is a stupid decision and has nothing at all to do with actual game engineering, since this game is also coming out on X360 and PS3 and i have no reason to believe they tailor made the PC version.

Slapping an i7 requirement is, like you say in the article, unnecessarily vague. Yes, your Core 2 Quad is living it’s last moments, just like mine did last year. But they mean to tell me i spent quite a few bucks for a top-of-the-line Haswell i5 for nothing ? That’s just insulting to anyone with any type of it know-how.

Andy Chalk

On May 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm

I suppose you could look at the PC release as the “ultimate” edition of the game – ultra-hi-res and nary a thought about slipping below 60 fps. Previous-gen console versions, on the other hand, will presumably be scaled back to some extent. But this makes it look as though Bethesda has abandoned the standard “required/recommended” specs in favour of an all-or-nothing approach. I can understand wanting to ensure that players have the best possible experience, but saying “i7 or GTFO” runs the risk of leaving an awful lot of its potential PC audience out in the cold. I’m still really looking forward to the game, but I won’t be picking it up now until after I read a lot of reviews and talk to people who have played it on lower-end hardware.

bob

On May 2, 2014 at 2:02 am

ýou realise that is just advertising right?

AlexMK

On May 2, 2014 at 3:44 am

core 2 quad :) same here q9550 oc to 3.6 and it still run everything just fine, plan to upgrade if intels Devil’s Canyon turns out to be good

tony g

On May 2, 2014 at 8:08 am

I think this game could go like this for a lot of people , haven’t got a i7 so wont buy it may download it from somewhere to see if it works ok on my computer and if it does may buy it or just play the one I downloaded for free either way I think this is just going to lose them money and people who would have bought this game

Robert

On May 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Hey I have an AMD Athlon X4 740 Quad Core Processor, is that equivalent to what they ask? Because it says it requires Intel 7i or equivalent AMD. So is my processor the AMD equivalent for what they are asking? PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

Joash

On May 4, 2014 at 2:19 am

I think the PC specs are too steep, also please share which are the AMD processors which are supported.

WTF dude

On May 4, 2014 at 5:54 pm

You’re rocking a Core 2 Quad? WTF are you doing even reviewing for gamefront.com?

Ron Whitaker

On May 5, 2014 at 5:21 am

While there are no hard and fast conversion rules for Intel to AMD processors, my guess is that the equivalent AMD processor would be something in the FX-8300 range.

SupremeAllah

On May 5, 2014 at 8:05 am

I wouldn’t get too excited over the processor minimum requirement.

I mean yes there can be a CPU bottleneck in some games, but I still run a 3.5ghz AMD Phenom II quad core from ages ago with 6 gigs of ancient DDR2 ram and a NVidia 770 and I can still get over 60fps on Battlefield 4 at 1920/1200.

Ultimately I wouldn’t be overly concerned with this minimum spec. If I’m wrong, I’ll let you know what happens when the game comes out.

Santtu

On May 10, 2014 at 9:28 am

“As it was intended to be experienced.”
That does not mean that it’s a strict minimum. I have a Core i5 and I definitely don’t intend to run the game with maxed out graphics and whatnot, especially since I use a laptop rather than a desktop PC. I’m still pretty positive that the game will run at least bearably.