Yesterday, Electronic Arts and BioWare revealed the release date of Mass Effect Legendary Edition and today we are receiving even more information about the compilation. The two companies have posted minimum and recommended PC specifications on the game’s Steam page, so if you’re wondering if your device can run Legendary Edition, now is your chance to find out.
We wouldn’t necessarily expect Mass Effect Legendary Edition to require superpowered equipment, because, after all, even with a new coat of paint, these games were still released in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Still, BioWare is updating these games to support 4K resolution and is implementing new graphics features such as improved textures and lighting, so in the end, we would at least expect to see some reasonably powerful hardware listed in the requirements.
This is basically what we are getting. At a minimum, you will need to have an Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD FX-8350, 8 GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GTX 760 or AMD Radeon 7970 / R9 280X with at least 2 GB of video RAM. You will also need DirectX 11 and 120 GB of storage, although these two requirements remain unchanged from the list of recommended specifications.
If you want to meet the recommended specifications, your machine will need at least an Intel Core i7-7700 or an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X running the show along with 16 GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GTX 1070 or a Radeon Vega 56 GPU with at least 4 GB of video RAM. Again, these specifications are not exactly cutting edge today, but they are certainly a major improvement over minimum specifications.
So, if you have an old PC, good news: you will probably still be able to run Mass Effect Legendary Edition, even with that old hardware. If you don’t meet the recommended specs and want to upgrade before Mass Effect Legendary Edition is released on May 14, good luck to you, as you will need it in your search for new game hardware.