Why the hell does Star Wars Battlefront recommend 16GB of RAM on PC?

That seems excessive

The Star Wars Battlefront beta starts in just a couple of days, and everyone’s invited; there’s no barrier to entry. Well, let me clarify. There’s one barrier to entry if you’re on PC — you need to have a rig that’s up to the challenge.

EA released Battlefront‘s minimum and recommended specs on the game’s Origin page. RAM is the real killer here, as EA DICE sets the minimum and recommended amounts at 8GB and 16GB, respectively. 16GB seems excessive. Maybe it speaks to the quality of the optimization.

Here’s the baseline setup you’ll need for an ideal experience in Star Wars Battlefront:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
  • Processor (Intel): Intel i5 6600 or equivalent
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
  • DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Of course, everything’s dialed back a bit for the minimum requirements. The bare minimum to run Battlefront is:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
  • Processor (Intel): Intel i3 6300T or equivalent
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
  • Graphics card (ATI): ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

The good news is that this open beta gives you the opportunity to test your system to see if it runs Battlefront at an acceptable level. If it doesn’t, you can always pass on the game without spending a dime. Or, if you want to spend many dimes, you can pick up one of those weird-lookin’ PS4s with Darth Vader’s head plastered across it. Battlefront‘s guaranteed to work on that.

Star Wars Battlefront [EA Origin]

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