Playing on the PC is the way that many (including myself) prefer to experience their games. The improved graphics, frame-rates and the use of mouse and keyboard for controls, is a triple-threat of flavor for a certain kind of palate; a certain type of gamer.

The downside to that is making sure that your hardware can handle the games you want to play, and that is most true of the latest and greatest (and prettiest) games.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is shaping up to be all of those things, and for those who wish to run the game on their favorite “Tower of Power”, digital distribution platform Origin has published the minimum and recommended specs for the first chapter in EA’s next Mass Effect trilogy.

*breathes heavily* “Go on…”

The specifications don’t reference a resolution, quality, or framerate for the hardware listed, rather a more general idea of what you’ll need to run the game.

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Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 660 2 GB, AMD Radeon 7850 2 GB
  • Hard Drive: At least 55 GB of free space
  • DirectX: DirectX 11

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX-8350
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 3 GB, AMD RX 480 4 GB
  • Hard Drive: At least 55 GB of free space
  • DirectX: DirectX 11

The specs aren’t too demanding and look very similar to another recent EA release using Frostbite, Battlefield 1. Battlefield 1 runs on a wide range of hardware and achieves an amazing level of graphical fidelity given the modest requirements, and Mass Effect: Andromeda should be very similar.

Mass Effect: Andromeda releases on March 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Those who subscribe to EA’s Access program will have the option to play the game early as part of a 10-hour trial starting March 16.

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About The Author

Evan W
Senior Staff Writer/Review/Editorial Writer

Evan discovered gaming with Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis and never looked back. He has spent the last 20 years criss-crossing genres and platforms, and is an equal opportunity rager, breaking consoles and PCs alike. If you spent summer days off from middle school playing classic PC shooters instead of developing a tan and social skills, you've got a friend in him. Mom might not understand the pain of being "180NOSCOPEWTFPWNED, SON!", but he does. Oh, he does.