Alan Wake 2 Is Still a Tough Cookie on PC
Alan Wake 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the psychological thriller video game, is set to be released on October 27. In preparation for the launch, developer Remedy Entertainment has unveiled the official PC requirements, and they are quite demanding. Gamers eager to immerse themselves in Alan Wake’s world will need some beefy hardware to enjoy the experience fully.
To enjoy the game with the bare minimum settings, you’ll need at least a GeForce RTX 2060 or Radeon RX 6600 GPU. This will grant you access to a cinematic 1080p experience, albeit at 30 frames per second and on low graphical presets. Alongside your GPU, you’ll need an Intel i5-7600K or an AMD equivalent CPU, coupled with 16GB of RAM.
If you’re looking for a more visually impressive experience with medium graphical settings and a 1440p resolution, you’ll need to step up your hardware game with a GeForce RTX 3060 or Radeon RX 6600 XT GPU, along with other beefier PC components.
For those seeking the highest quality experience, playing Alan Wake 2 at ultra graphical settings with a resolution of 2160p and 60fps, you’ll require top-of-the-line components. Remedy recommends a 12GB GeForce RTX 4070 or Radeon RX 7800 XT GPU, DLSS or FSR2 set to performance, and a Ryzen 7 3700X or Intel equivalent CPU.
Ray tracing is a separate beast and is not factored into these presets. To play Alan Wake with ray tracing enabled at medium graphical settings in 1080p at 30fps, you’ll need a GeForce RTX 3070 or Radeon RX 6800 XT GPU. For the ultimate graphical experience that incorporates ray tracing and path tracing, you’ll need a GeForce RTX 4070 GPU with 16GB of VRAM, a Ryzen 7 3700X or Intel equivalent CPU, and 16GB of RAM to run the game at 2160p.
An SSD is mandatory regardless of your chosen settings, and you’ll need at least 90GB of SSD storage capacity. The game’s design aims to create a cinematic experience, and Remedy believes the game will look better on a lower frame rate.
For console players on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, there will be a Performance mode that offers a smoother experience. The game has been designed for a 30fps experience focusing on visuals and ambiance, but the Performance mode provides an option for those who prioritize frame rate.
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