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Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements revealed

For the full ray-tracing experience you’ll need the best GPU you can find

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Cyberpunk 2077 is only a few weeks away and we finally know exactly what kind of hardware you’ll need to run the PC version any way you want. On Friday, CD Projekt Red announced the game’s PC system requirements and gave players plenty of detail on what kind of hardware they will need to run the game on various settings, including with ray tracing enabled.

We already knew the Cyberpunk 2077’s minimum and recommended settings, which are both pretty reasonable. Even the “High” settings that CD Projekt Red has listed aren’t too bad. With just a RTX 2060 or a Radeon RX 5700 XT, you’ll be able to run the game on Ultra settings at 1440p. If you want to make the jump to 4K, you’ll need to bump your GPU all the way up to an Nvidia RTX 2080S, an RTX 3070, or a Radeon RX 6800 XT.

Cyberpunk 2077 PC system requirements

While those modes may be pretty demanding, it’s when ray tracing is involved that the requirements really take a jump. To run the game with ray tracing on Ultra at 1440p, you’ll need to have an RTX 3070. If you want to move up to 4K ray tracing with the settings on Ultra, only the RTX 3080 will do the job — or the RTX 3090 if you’re that lucky.

Unfortunately, CD Projekt Red’s impressive specs chart doesn’t include information about what frame rates we can expect the game to run at with each of these configurations. While it would be nice to confidently say this chart is referring to 60 fps, it’s much more likely that its target is 30 fps. That being said, if you’re not too picky about frame rates, 30 fps should be a fine way to play Cyberpunk 2077, especially if you’ve exploring Night City in 4K with the ray tracing turned all the way up.

Cyberpunk 2077 is currently scheduled for release on Dec. 10 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game will also be released on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 sometime in 2021.

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