Duke Nukem Forever PC hardware requirements released

PC gamers who have been waiting for 15 years to play Duke Nukem Forever can now decide if the long delayed first person shooter will run on their gaming rigs. Developer Gearbox Software has now revealed the minimal and recommended PC system requirements for the game.

The system requirements were revealed on Gearbox's community web site Gearboxity this week, well ahead of the game's current release date of June 14 in the US and June 10 in other parts of the world. Here they are:

Minimum Specifications

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.0 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.0 Ghz
  • ]Memory: 1 GB
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB free
  • Video Memory: 256 MB
  • Video Card: nVidia GeForce 7600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Recommended Specifications

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.6 Ghz
  • Memory: 2 Gb
  • Hard Drive: 10 Gb free
  • Video Memory: 512 MB
  • ]Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS / ATI Radeon HD 3850
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

The system requirements also mention that a one time internet connection via Steam will be required for PC players in order to play the game. Gearbox had revealed earlier this year that the PC version of the game will use Valve's Steamworks game development tools which will provide PC gamers with features like achievements, leaderboards, matchmaking for online multiplayer matches and more.

We are still awaiting for Gearbox Software to release word about the much anticipated and promised demo for Duke Nukem Forever which should give everyone a chance to see if the 15 year old wait for this game is going to be worth it.

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anyone still remember the daikatana fiasco ? finally john romero can expect to breath a sigh of relief because someone make a exponentially much bigger boo boo than him.

Better requirements than FF XIV. I was going to get FF XIV for my wife (she's a DN and FF fan) until I seen the requirements (Core i7 @ 2.66GHz, 4GB RAM, GTX 460 w/768MB, and 15GB HDD Space). I looked at her and went "Holy sh*t!!" in front of everyone in GameStop.

We're still getting DNF, but we pre-ordered it for both the PC and the Xbox 360. That way I can beef up my system later on and enjoy better graphics instead of going through DNF withdrawals while I save up for the parts.

ec4912 said,
isnt This game about graphics. gameplay Its about. crying Stop.

I just registered on this site just so I could tell you how much this made me laugh lol!

Breach said,
Whew, I was expecting something in the way of:

CPU: 486 DX2/66 Mhz
8 MB RAM, S3 Trio SVGA card ;-)

How'd you know that's what I had the last time I played Duke Nukem

Recommended doesn't mean it's what you need to play on full quality at 1080p. It's simply mean you will able to play on average quality on low resolution.
Expect something like this to play on full quality on 1080p

Processor: Quad-Core Intel Core 2 @ 2.5 Ghz
Memory: 4 Gb
Video Memory: 1024 MB
Video Card: Radeon HD 5870

coth said,
Recommended doesn't mean it's what you need to play on full quality at 1080p. It's simply mean you will able to play on average quality on low resolution.
Expect something like this to play on full quality on 1080p

Processor: Quad-Core Intel Core 2 @ 2.5 Ghz
Memory: 4 Gb
Video Memory: 1024 MB
Video Card: Radeon HD 5870

I wonder how bad the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will be?

coth said,
Recommended doesn't mean it's what you need to play on full quality at 1080p. It's simply mean you will able to play on average quality on low resolution.
Expect something like this to play on full quality on 1080p

Processor: Quad-Core Intel Core 2 @ 2.5 Ghz
Memory: 4 Gb
Video Memory: 1024 MB
Video Card: Radeon HD 5870

personally... i think your overestimating what will be needed simply because it's fairly rare for games 'recommended requirements' to be that low nowadays which suggests to me this game does not require a monster PC, or anything near one, to run fairly well.

because while i doubt ill be able to run the game liquid smooth. i think there's a reasonable chance ill be able to run @ 1080p (or at least 720p) with most of the graphics on (ill just turn off Anti-Aliasing etc since it's minimal gain for a decent performance hit) while maintaining a decent frame rate.

and my Specs are nothing special either... AMD Athlon X2 3600+ (2.0Ghz, overclocked to 2.4ghz) and a Radeon 5670 512MB video card. so lacking my overclock i am THE minimum for CPU but my graphics card exceed's the 'recommended requirements'.

I wonder how bad the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will be?

i suspect similar overall since based on the recommended requirements it's unlikely the game is anything special in graphics dept which probably means the PS3/360 versions will be similar in overall graphics to the PC but naturally the PC will look the best.

ThaCrip said,

personally... i think your overestimating what will be needed simply because it's fairly rare for games 'recommended requirements' to be that low nowadays which suggests to me this game does not require a monster PC, or anything near one, to run fairly well.

because while i doubt ill be able to run the game liquid smooth. i think there's a reasonable chance ill be able to run @ 1080p (or at least 720p) with most of the graphics on (ill just turn off Anti-Aliasing etc since it's minimal gain for a decent performance hit) while maintaining a decent frame rate.

and my Specs are nothing special either... AMD Athlon X2 3600+ (2.0Ghz, overclocked to 2.4ghz) and a Radeon 5670 512MB video card. so lacking my overclock i am THE minimum for CPU but my graphics card exceed's the 'recommended requirements'.

i suspect similar overall since based on the recommended requirements it's unlikely the game is anything special in graphics dept which probably means the PS3/360 versions will be similar in overall graphics to the PC but naturally the PC will look the best.


I disagree about AA being a "minor" gain. Not at all.

Owen W said,

I disagree about AA being a "minor" gain. Not at all.

@ 1080p (i.e. hi-resolutions), Anti-Aliasing is minimal visual increase for the performance hit it gives you. it's one of those optional features for people with power to burn.

Anti-Aliasing is much more noticeable once your running at lower resolutions. (it would be hard to argue against me here as it's clearly more noticeable at lower res than it is at higher res)

i am pretty sure many people would agree with me on that basic point. but i never brought it up in my above post since i just assumed you knew this

p.s. but even at lower resolutions... it's a quick way to gain performance, for those with lower end specs, without killing the graphics as the objects just have more jagged edges on them with it off.

Edited by ThaCrip, May 4 2011, 2:46pm :

nice to see i am pretty much good

good to see recommended is nothing steep. i am actually near the recommended requirements which is damn near impossible for me to do nowadays especially in CPU dept.

my CPU is actually AMD Athlon X2 3600+ which is 2.0ghz but it's overclocked to 2.4Ghz so i am near the recommended and my video card exceeds the recommended requirements with a Radeon 5670 512MB which is roughly equivalent to a Geforce 9800GT.

now only if that demo would be released fairly soon

Alansonit said,
Lol, yeah the minimum requirements are so low because this was planned for how many years ago?!

Exactly, after all this time it'd have been pretty funny if the game had some insane hardware requirments. I mean it's been what? 10 years? I don't even remember anymore.

Alansonit said,
Lol, yeah the minimum requirements are so low because this was planned for how many years ago?!

Even though they've changed Graphics engine multiple times?

GP007 said,
I mean it's been what? 10 years? I don't even remember anymore.

Reading the first 9 words of the article may help

Alansonit said,
Lol, yeah the minimum requirements are so low because this was planned for how many years ago?!

many years ago it was completely different project. there were at least 3 duke nukem forever project.

Alansonit said,
Lol, yeah the minimum requirements are so low because this was planned for how many years ago?!

Yeah, I thought my Pentium 200MMX with a 3Dfx card was more than enough! A shame the only thing left of that system is the cpu: on my desk as a paperweight.

DrOmango said,
sweet I barely meet minimum requirements!

I could totally run it at least twice at the same time, without my PC breaking a sweat - Kinda overkill

They should have made the requirements higher cause this may disappoint in the way of graphical eye candy considering they are going all the way back to a 7series card.

sava700 said,
They should have made the requirements higher cause this may disappoint in the way of graphical eye candy considering they are going all the way back to a 7series card.

I'm sure they have code in the code to adjust the textures and graphical "eye candy" that is present based on the card in use. I think they just like to have a large set of platforms that can run it.

Actually looking forward to this one, I remember the multiplayer being a blast way back in the day in Duke 3D. Just hoping it doesn't turn out to be another Daikatana...

Joshie said,

+50 n00b points for thinking a Daikatana reference is obscure. XD

Oh god, I bought Diakatana as I didn't read any reviews

Looking forward to Duke though, Hail to the King!

thommcg said,

+50 for obscure reference

Ha... the only reason Daikatana is an obscure reference is BECAUSE it tanked... which kinda proves his point

Joshie said,

+50 n00b points for thinking a Daikatana reference is obscure. XD

Well, it did come out over 10 years ago! I remember reading all the pre-release hype from Romero at the time Surprised others remember it.

Jen Smith said,
Actually looking forward to this one, I remember the multiplayer being a blast way back in the day in Duke 3D. Just hoping it doesn't turn out to be another Daikatana...

Actually I enjoyed Daikatana, it just wasn't anything super special.

But it was fun.

So even some rather-old machines should be able to play this fine? Heck, my 3 year old laptop should manage it.

TrOjAn. said,
Yes, even my netbook could almost run this

Whoa when did netbook-hardware become "high end"?

TrOjAn. said,
Yes, even my netbook could almost run this

Whoa when did netbook-hardware become "high end"?

MFH said,

Whoa when did netbook-hardware become "high end"?

Yea there isn't a netbook out there that I know of with

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.0 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.0 Ghz
or
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 7600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600

And a 12.1 inch laptop is not a netbook, FYI.

shinji257 said,
I think there was sarcasm in the netbook remark.

ION2 and Fusion-based netbooks might be able to run this. They may be too light on the CPU side, but perhaps it'll work anyway.