Serious Sam 4 recommends 8-core CPU, GTX 1080

Serious Sam 4 will raise the bar for recommended specifications for a modern PC game. Although the minimum threshold will still be low enough to guarantee even those on older systems will be able to play at modest resolutions and frame rates, the recommended specs will demand much more.

Croteam's games have always been gorgeous to look at. The original Serious Sam included a fantastic tech demo showing off reflection and portal technologies, let alone the staggering number of enemies you would face on every level. The sequels continued that trend, pushing graphics further and further until here we are in 2020, with Serious Sam 4 on a new in-house engine and the possibility of thousands of enemies on screen at once.

MINIMUM

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: 4-core CPU @ 2.5 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 780/970/1050 or AMD Radeon 7950/280/470 (3 GB VRAM)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 40 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Requirements are based on 720p rendering resolution at 30 FPS

Where the minimum specifications make some demands on gamers, GTX 780 and a four core CPU is a very low bar to meet. It'll only get you 720p resolution at 30FPS (and mimimum specs, no doubt) but it'll get the game running. If you want higher frame rates and resolution, you'll need much more powerful hardware.

RECOMMENDED

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit (1909)
  • Processor: 8-core CPU @ 3.3 GHz
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 1080/2060 or AMD Radeon Vega64/5700 (8 GB VRAM)
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 40 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Recommended APIs include DX12 and Vulkan.

Eight cores isn't expensive, but it's hardly low-end either. It suggests that enemy numbers will demand extra CPU grunt and will far better utilize the kind of chips modern gamers have access to in PCs and next-gen consoles.

Expect Serious Sam 4 to debut on September 24.

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