The developers over at Big Huge Games and 38 Studios have officially announced
the PC system requirements for their upcoming open-world RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and as we've come to expect from multi-platform titles this late into the lifecycle of the current consoles, they're quite low.
The baseline minimum requirements are a dual core CPU (2.2GHz Intel or 2.6GHz AMD), a Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 512MB or ATI Radeon HD3650 512MB, 2GB of RAM for Windows 7 (or only 1GB if you're still running Windows XP), 10.5GB of free disk space and Direct X 9.
Recommended is a quad core CPU (2.4GHz Intel or 2.6GHz AMD), a Nvidia GeForce GTX260 1GB or ATI Radeon HD4850 1GB, 4GB of RAM for Windows 7 (or only 3GB for Windows XP), 10.5GB of disk space and DX 9.
As we confirmed in our recent interview
with Lead Systems Designer Ian Frazier, there's no special DX11 extras in store for the PC version, but it will have better shadow and shadow quality and obviously the ability to run at higher resolutions than the 720p limited consoles. But the most interesting PC-specific feature -- particularly after the recent Skyrim experience -- is the intriguing, dynamic UI:
If you’re on the PC, you play with mouse and keyboard and “you don’t want any of that console crap” so you set aside the controller, then it’s setup not totally dissimilar to an MMO. You’ve got an ability bar across the bottom of the screen that will work with the number keys -- you can map abilities onto that.
The other interesting thing about it is that if you prefer the console controls: if you plug in an Xbox 360 controller and you start fiddling with it, the game will instantly and automatically switch to that and the UI will change -- you’ll have a console-style UI. Then if you’re like “no, screw that”, sit that down and start moving the mouse, it’ll instantly switch back to the PC UI and you can do that whenever you want, you don’t have to change any options or anything, it just works.
It sounds promising enough, but we'll have to wait and see just how well it really "just works".
Kingdoms of Amalur is poised for a February 9th 2012 launch on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.