Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you.
The official Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements have been updated with recommendations for ultra quality as well as ray tracing. As we expected, running at higher settings and resolutions will need a fair amount of hardware, at least on the graphics card front. After pushing the launch back to December 10 (from November 19), here’s the sort of PC hardware you’ll need to run the game in all its glory.
We’ve known that Cyberpunk 2077 will support ray tracing and DLSS 2.x for a while. It’s no surprise then that if you want the full fidelity experience, you’ll need one of the best graphics cards — and by that, we mean you’ll want at least a GeForce RTX GPU. Cyberpunk also requires DirectX 12, though Windows 7 is supported as DX12 has been ported to it.
If you have the money and some luck, any of the latest GPUs should suffice. For dream territory, there’s the GeForce RTX 3090, and the GeForce RTX 3080 or GeForce RTX 3070 will also suffice. The new AMD Radeon RX 6800 cards don’t show up on the list, but we’ll assume that’s because they were just launched on November 18. Unfortunately, the latest word is that supply likely won’t catch up to demand until February 2021.
Cyberpunk 2077 Minimum PC
CD Projekt Red and Nvidia provided the above slide detailing all of the recommended specs. Interestingly, all mention of AMD graphics cards has been scrubbed from the list. However, the left two columns of the list basically haven’t changed since what was stated in Night City Wire episode 3 (starting around the 20:30 mark), with Nvidia apparently adding five additional columns. Let’s start with the minimum specs first:
- Core i5-3570K or FX-8310
- GTX 780 3GB (or RX 470 4GB)
- 8GB RAM
- 3GB VRAM
- 70GB storage
- Windows 7 or Windows 10 64-bit
- Target: 1080p Low
So, that’s your clunker standard cyberdeck that’s barely enough to get you started as a netrunner. It has a CPU from 2012, a GPU from 2013 (Nvidia) or 2016 (AMD), a modest amount of memory, and a 64-bit version of Windows. Cyberpunk 2077 requires DirectX 12 (DX12), which was backported to Windows 7 but not Windows 8/8.1.
What sort of experience will this deck get you? It says 1080p low, but it doesn’t state whether that’s for 60 fps or 30 fps. If we were to hazard a guess, it’s closer to 30 than 60.