Why is it important: Are you excited about the upcoming remake of classic horror game Dead Space on PC in January? If you’re running outdated hardware and want to see the game in all its gore-filled glory, now is the perfect time to upgrade as the system requirements are quite high.
The Dead Space remake rebuilds the game from the ground up, offering improved visual fidelity by moving from the RenderWare engine to the new Frostbite engine. Necromorph limb dismemberment, a staple of previous games, has also been reworked to look more realistic.
Remake of Dead Space Steam page The minimum and recommended PC specifications have now been updated. That’s good news if you’re happy with the former: The minimum specs only require an AMD Ryzen 5 2600X or Intel Core i5 8600 processor paired with an RX 5700 or GTX 1070 graphics card. It also requires a fairly large but increasingly standard 50GB of storage space and 16GB RAM, not the 8GB we often see as the minimum requirement.
As expected, the recommended specifications improve the hardware slightly. In terms of processor, you need at least a Ryzen 5 5600X or Core i5 11600K. In terms of graphics cards, Dead Space requires at least a Radeon RX 6700 XT or RTX 2070. Memory and storage requirements remain the same.
These recommended specs are quite high. A quick look at the latest Steam poll shows that the most popular card remains the GTX 1060, followed by the GTX 1650 – both less powerful than Dead Space’s minimum GPU requirements. The RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 Ti are the third and fourth most popular graphics cards among Steam users, respectively. Only when we reach the fifth and sixth positions (RTX 3060/laptop variant) do we satisfy the recommended graphics card for the game.
There’s no mention of what resolution/framerate each set of specs allows, they will most likely come later, but it could be that the “recommended” list is aimed at 1080p at 60fps.
Dead Space will release on PC ($60), PlayStation 5 ($70), and Xbox Series X|S ($70) on January 27th.