Posted on May 1, 2014, Andy Chalk 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?