Why you’ll probably need to upgrade your PC to play Diablo 4

Diablo IV joins the growing list of games that require large amounts of RAM. The question is: are you going to need to update your PC?

Blizzard has just released the system requirements for Diablo IVand it looks like playing at maximum settings won’t be easy for most gamers.

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Not so long ago, 16 GB of RAM was considered sufficient for gaming. It seems these days game developers are slowly pushing that number up to 32GB, making it the new amount to aim for. Diablo IV serves to prove this theory.

In all fairness, the highly anticipated new entry in the Diablo franchise is going to support a wide range of specifications. Even if your PC was not designed to handle most demanding AAA games right now you can play the new Diablo – you’ll just have to compromise a lot on the settings.

To run the game on low graphics settings, at native 1080p resolution and reach 30 frames per second (fps), all you need is an Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD FX-8350 processor, 8 GB of RAM and an Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R9 280. Even with such outdated components, you’re still expected to have an SSD with at least 90 GB of storage space.

The RAM requirement increases to 16 GB if you want to play on medium settings. Height play also requires 16GB, as well as much newer hardware. However, if you want to see Diablo IV in all its glory, you’ll need lots of RAM and one of the best graphics cards currently available.

To run Diablo IV at 4K and ultra graphics settings and still at 60fps you need at least an Intel Core i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor, a whopping 32GB of RAM and an Nvidia RTX 3080 or AMD RX 6800 XT . To maximize your experience, Blizzard recommends a RTX 40 Series graphics card for fully supported DSLS 3.

Diablo IV characters stand in a cathedral.

Of course, you can play comfortably without 32 GB of RAM, but the growing list of games who require it marks a clear trend. Apparently started by Feedback, this trend is likely to continue, and soon enough many people will have to make the choice. Buying 32GB of RAM can be quite expensive, especially if you’re upgrading to DDR5. Fortunately, DDR5 prices are slowly dropping to a more normal level and should continue to normalize as it becomes the main supported memory type.

Whether your PC is ready or not, you’ll soon be able to test Diablo IV and see for yourself. Blizzard has also announcement a “Server Slam” event, which is essentially an open beta weekend, taking place between May 12 and May 14. The game’s final release date has been set for June 6, so you still have time to reload in RAM If you need.

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