Of the many fantastic reveals at this year’s The Game Awards, the confirmation of the PC ports of PlayStation’s exclusives Returnal and The Last of Us Part 1 may not have surprised anyone, but they were certainly welcome sights. If the host of previous exclusives to make the jump are anything to go by, these two well-reviewed and well-received titles should be worth the wait when they release early next year.
PC players hoping to get their hands on Returnal, however, may need to spend that time upgrading their hardware, as it appears the game will need at least 32GB of RAM to run on recommended settings. And even for players who don’t mind a graphical dip or drop in framerate while they blast aliens on a lost and forgotten planet, just running the game on minimum settings will require a hefty 16GB of RAM.
To put that in perspective, Horizon Zero Dawn’s PC port requires 16GB of RAM for its recommended settings, and God of War only requires 8GB of RAM. Even intensive open-world games like Elden Ring and Cyberpunk 2077 require less RAM than Returnal.
The information comes from the game’s page on Steam. There, you can get the rundown of exactly what the game will require to run, and whether or not your current PC can handle it. However, players will need an Intel i7-8700 or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor and an Nvidia RTX 2070 Super or AMD RX 6700 XT graphics card to ensure the game looks sharp and runs smoothly.
Very little else has been revealed about the Returnal PC port, other than that it will come with the full game and the Tower of Sisyphus add-on. The port is being overseen by Climax Studios, who have previously worked with original developers Housemarque on their older titles.
Returnal’s PC port has not yet received a firm release date, other than early 2023 (The Last of Us Part 1 will release for PC on March 3 2023), but fans of fast-paced, frenetic action and complex, time-loop narratives should keep their eyes peeled for more information soon.