Saints Row’s required specs require a beefy gaming computer

The required specs for Saints Row were revealed days before launch, and fans aren’t too keen on it.

While console gamers have the luxury of downloading a game and running it without issue, PC gamers are constantly frustrated with how a game performs on their particular system. In the event of the Saints Row reboot, developer Deep Silver Volition expects its fans to pack some serious PC hardware heat.

The required and recommended specs for the new Saints Row were announced on August 18th, just five days ahead of the scheduled August 23rd release date. The social media post outlined four distinct tiers of performance, ranging from the bare minimum playability to anything cranked at 4K resolution. The numbers are dramatic.

Deep Silver Volition recommends the following minimum requirements for Saints Row 2022.

  • Intel Core i3-3240/AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Geforce GTX 970/AMD Radeon RX 480
  • 50GB storage

The remarkable thing about these specifications is that this is only enough to run the game at 30 frames per second. A 970 is still a passable card for many players, although the CPU requirements are pretty reasonable. Players will also need Windows 10 as a Mac version of the game has not been announced.

To keep Saints Row running at 4K consistently, gamers need a top-of-the-line gaming rig.

Why are the system requirements for Saints Row so high?

The system requirements for Saints Row are high and there are two main reasons for this.

Saints Row’s graphics look pretty good, but it doesn’t blow other AAA titles out of the water. However, the game underwent a major visual overhaul relatively shortly before launch. The lighting in newer trailers is completely different, even for the same scenes. This means less time for optimization and less optimization means higher system and hardware requirements for players.

It’s easy to forget that Saints Row has a complex physics engine that affects players, NPCs, vehicles, weapons, and more. This puts a heavy strain on PCs, especially during the bombastic firefights the series is known for. The physics engine could also be a reason why the game’s framerate seems to be capped at 60. It might be possible to increase it further, but even the highest recommended settings don’t show 144 FPS or more for the new Saints Row game.

Deep Silver Volition could continue to tweak the game post-release, as a ready-to-launch Season Pass confirms further development is on the way. Still, Saints Row fans with weaker computers may have to do without the reboot.

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