Destiny 2 PC system requirements: what we know so far

By Staff, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 04:47 GMT

Destiny 2 is coming to PC, and it looks super swell. But will your gaming rig run it?

The Destiny 2 PC beta swayed the hearts of many a fence-sitter by being utterly gorgeous, performing well, and not looking like a half-arsed port – as we are unfortunately all too used to.

We’re all wondering what kind of system specs we’ll need to go 4K and run with an uncapped frame rate, but unfortunately we don’t yet have final system requirements.

What we can give you, as part of our Destiny 2 guide series, are the minimum and recommended system specs for the beta; upgrade guidance provided by Bungie; and an idea of what sort of hardware Bungie was using when it first showed off Destiny 2 running in 4K.

If you look at all of these things and sort of squint a bit you can kind of see where Destiny 2 might end up, final specs-wise. That said, as Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry discovered in testing the beta, you can run Destiny 2 pretty well even on lower-end machines. See the video below for more on that, or just scroll past to view all the Destiny 2 system specs info we have so far.

If you’re a PC player looking for tips on how to play rather than tech stuff and has arrived here through Google’s confusion, try our intro to levelling up and growing your power in Destiny 2, or our glossary of Destiny 2 Activities.

    Beta recommended specs

  • CPU: Intel – Core i5-2400, AMD – Ryzen R5 1600X
  • GPU: Nvidia – GeForce GTX 970, AMD – Radeon R9 390
  • RAM: 8GB
    Beta minimum specs

  • CPU: Intel – Core i3-3250, AMD – FX-4350
  • GPU: Nvidia – GeForce GTX 660 2GB, AMD – Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • RAM: 6GB
    Release guidance recommended specs

  • CPU – Intel Core i5-7400
  • GPU – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
    Release guidance minimum specs

  • CPU – Intel Pentium G4560
  • GPU – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
    PC gameplay debut specs

  • CPU – Intel i7-7700k
  • GPU – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti 11GB


PC controls, comms, capture and overlays

While we’re talking about Destiny 2 on PC, we may as well cover a few other PC-specific topics briefly.

As you’d damn well hope, the PC version of Destiny 2 supports mouse and keyboard controls. You can absolutely rebind these as you see fit, but Bungie’s default settings anre shown above.

Destiny 2 has built-in communications tools, so even if you don’t have a third-party app set up already you can chat with your fellow Guardian testers. Here are the details:

  • /f: fireteam chat (party only)
  • /w: whisper (friendslist only)
  • T: cycle chat visual modes

By the way, Bungie intends to add a Team channel to chat, similar to voice chat, as well as whispers to clan members – but details on that are forthcoming.

Those of you who do use third-party communications need to be aware of a few limitations, which also pertain to capture and performance tools. Basically, Destiny 2 won’t play nice with overlays. Bungie has said this is to guard against certain cheating methods.

But hey – there’s good news too. As detailed in the links in the preceding paragraph, Destiny 2 allows you to set an upper frame rate limit or go uncapped. SO some of those tools you want to use are built right in, natively.

Bungie has said that PC players are day one first-class citizens in Destiny 2, which is reassuring. Certainly the settings and options available to PC players look pretty promising.

Destiny 2 will release for PC on October 24.

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