Rare’s upcoming pirate-themed multiplayer game Sea of Thieves will work on some pretty awful hardware.
It’ll look bad, but it’ll work. That’s the message Rare provided in their most recent update regarding their much-anticipated game, Sea of Thieves.
For the past 9 months, Sea of Thieves has been undergoing strenuous alpha testing to narrow down the game’s hardware requirements. With everyone playing on Windows 10 and "tens of thousands" of players to draw data from, PC Design Lead Ted "Red Rage" Timmins said they were confident in the proposed system specs.
"We know that as PC gamers, having the ability to change the field of view, unlock or lock the framerate, rebind keys, change video settings, resolution and graphics options, as well as offering extra functionality like full ultra-wide support and a dedicated FPS Counter, is all part of the expectation – not least releasing the Windows 10 and Xbox One versions alongside each other on the same day!" Tim wrote.
"So it gives us great pleasure to announce that after all of the above, and more than a year of working with our partners at AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA, it’s time to smash a bottle of rum against our PC specifications so that you can see how your rig will fare. "
Along with the lovely introduction, Tim posted a handy chart that even fits the whole pirate theme. Y’know, if pirates worked at Best Buy and were concerned with video RAM instead of grog. Actually, that sort of sounds like how Best Buy is now…
As you can see from the chart, Sea of Thieves will work on some pretty abysmal hardware. A 10-year-old laptop should still be able to manage 30 frames per second at 540p. That’s nothing to write home about, but you’ll still be able to eke out 30 frames at 720p on a GTX 650 and an 8-year-old processor.
Of course, you'll need to really shell out for the good stuff. Running Sea of Thieves at 4K with 60 frames will need the latest Nvidia card, the 1080Ti, along with the latest generation of high-end processors from Intel or AMD.
The processor isn’t too much of a stretch, but a 1080Ti is hard to come by, what with Bitcoin ruining the video card market for everyone. But if you have the coin, Khajit has wares, as they say.
We should probably come up with something more pirate-themed for this game. Arrr?