Ring of Elden system requirements briefly appeared on Steam, but as they were pulled down – and look a little dodgy anyway – we can guess that this was some kind of weird bug.
Still, it’s worth checking out what was detected and seeing if we can get anything out of the possible demands on your PC that went live, which were as follows for the minimum specs.
- ONLY: Windows 10, Windows 11
- CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
- RAM: 12 GB
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB) or AMD Radeon RX 580 (4GB)
- drive space: 60 GB
This only required a Core i5-2500K processor – and this is recommended – with a Core i3-2100 approved for the minimum spec and 4GB of system RAM being stipulated for the latter as well. To video carda GTX 760 was the bare minimum for Sekiro.
Analysis: Some kind of error? But if so, what kind?
So theoretically we’re jumping from a Core i3-2100 plus GTX 760 to a Core i5-8400 plus GTX 1060 from Sekiro to Elden Ring, if this minimum Steam spec is correct, which as we’ve said, doesn’t seem likely.
The fact that this was taken down so quickly is indicative of a faux pas (the entire Steam listing for Elden Ring now says the spec is TBD), and the tough 12GB RAM requirement is also a bit of an eyebrow-raiser. Some gaming platforms still have 8GB (a third of PCs are 8GB or less, according to Steam’s latest hardware survey), even though 16GB has clearly become the standard in the contemporary gaming world (and you certainly would be foolish to equip a new machine with anything less).
There may be absolute errors here, however with some of the specs, or better than the stated minimum, maybe this is the recommended requirements – or a working set of them – and the mistake was made in this regard.
It is, however, true that we can expect Elden Ring to be more demanding than FromSoftware’s previous games, given that it is an ambitious open-world affair that will no doubt be more demanding for the CPU and GPU. However, looking at, say, Red Dead Redemption 2, this open-world effort has a GeForce GTX 1060 plus 12GB of system RAM as recommended specification, so for Elden Ring to go with this for its minimum spec seems off. Again, this reinforces the theory that the recommended requirements have been misrepresented as the minimum.
Either way, we’ll find out soon enough, as Elden Ring launches on February 24, in less than two weeks. Some people have raised concerns that being so close to release and not seeing any system requirements posted might predict something ominous that players won’t like, but hey, sometimes the spec doesn’t come out until the last minute (although it’s usually beforehand, though). has to be said).