You don’t need a futuristic PC to run Cyberpunk 2077, but you might want one
Cyberpunk 2077's system requirements are surprisingly modest, but you'll want to upgrade your graphics card to take advantage of real-time ray tracing.
By Brad Chacos
PCWorldSep 18, 2020 2:03 pm PDT
Cyberpunk 2077 looks like a truly next-gen game from everything we’ve seen, but you won’t need a futuristic rig to run it. CD Projekt Red unveiled the system requirements for the hotly anticipated game on Friday, and they’re surprisingly forgiving. You’ll need more powerful gear to unlock the real eye candy, though.
On the processor front, your needs are minimal: an ancient Intel Core i5-3570K or AMD FX-8310 CPU. That’s likely because Cyberpunk 2077 is also landing on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which rock ancient, atrocious AMD Jaguar cores. You’ll need only a 3GB GeForce GTX 780 or Radeon RX 470 graphics card, too, so this should run on most modern gaming PCs, even modest ones. The 8GB RAM and 70GB storage requirements are probably more onerous than the CPU and GPU demands.
Those are just the minimum requirements, but the Recommended specs aren’t crushing either. CD Projeckt recommends a Core i7-4790 or humble AMD Ryzen 3 3200G, paired with either a GTX 1060 or a Radeon R9 Fury. You’ll ideally want 12GB of memory for Cyberpunk 2077, and CD Projekt strongly recommends an SSD, though the 70GB storage requirement can also apply to traditional hard drives. The vast, open world will probably feel awfully pokey on an HDD, though.
Cyberpunk 2077 is built on DirectX 12, and you’ll need Windows 10 to run it. Sorry, Windows 7 diehards.
AMD’s next-gen “Big Navi” Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards will also support ray tracing in some way, though it remains to be seen how (and how effectively). They won’t play nice with Nvidia’s proprietary DLSS technology, however. Look for AMD to unveil Radeon RX 6000 on October 28, mere weeks before Cyberpunk 2077 itself hits the street.