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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's system requirements are brutal

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red revealed the system requirements for the open-world game's Windows PC version today, and as you might have expected, they're not for the faint of heart.

Your gaming rig will need to be running 64-bit Windows 7 or later, with DirectX 11 and at least 40 GB of hard drive space. That's not so bad. But check out the rest of the specifications below:

Minimum
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 940
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870
RAM: 6 GB
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8 or 8.1
DirectX 11
HDD Space: 40 GB

Recommended
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 or AMD Radeon R9 290
RAM: 8 GB
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8 or 8.1
DirectX 11
HDD Space: 40 GB

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set to be available May 19 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A month ago, CD Projekt Red pushed the release back by three months to that date to ensure the game didn't have major bugs at launch; the studio had previously announced plans to release Wild Hunt in February. You can watch its opening cinematic below.