Here’s what you’ll need to play Metro: Last Light 
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Geoffrey Tim
April 18, 2013 at 9:45 am

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4A games and new publisher Deep silver have released the minimum, recommended, and optimum specs you’ll need to play their impending underground post-apocalyptic shooter.

Here are the specs.

  • Minimum

Windows: XP (32-Bit), Vista, 7 or 8
CPU: 2.2 GHz Dual Core e.g. Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM: 2GB
Direct X: 9.0c
Graphics Card: DirectX 9, Shader Model 3 compliant e.g. NVIDIA GTS 250 (or AMD equivalent e.g. HD Radeon 4000 series) or higher

For 3D Vision Support:

NVIDIA GTX 275 or higher
120Hz Monitor
NVIDIA 3D Vision kit for Windows Vista, 7 or 8

  • Recommended

Windows: Vista, 7 or 8
CPU: 2.6 GHz Quad Core e.g. Intel Core i5
RAM: 4GB
Direct X: 11
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 580/660 Ti (or AMD equivalent e.g. 7870) or higher

For 3D Vision Support:

NVIDIA GTX 580/660Ti or higher
120Hz Monitor
NVIDIA 3D Vision kit for Windows Vista, 7 or 8

  • Optimum

Windows: Vista, 7 or 8
CPU: 3.4 GHz Multi-Core e.g. Intel Core i7
RAM: 8GB
Direct X: 11
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 690 / NVIDIA Titan

For 3D Vision Support:

NVIDIA GTX 690
120Hz Monitor
NVIDIA 3D Vision kit for Windows Vista, 7 or 8

Those specs aren’t too ba…wait? Did they just suggest the ludicrous nVidia Titan for the optimal experience? You don’t say! Looking at the specs though, I suspect that Metro: Last Light is one of those games that’ll start off with the once ubiquitous “The way it’s meant to be played” splash-screens – something we’re likely to start seeing an awful lot less of in the future. With AMD powering next gen consoles, it’s  a safe assumption that most games will be optimised for that that particular brand of hardware.

Here are the specs you’ll need to get the most out of the game if you happen to play on consoles.

  • Minimum

A PS3 or Xbox 360

  • Recommended

A PS3 or Xbox 360

  • Optimum

A PS3 or Xbox 360

Oh, and here’s the most recent bit of Metro media, showing off the game’s Rangers.

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.
  • Deon Steyn

    LOL @ consoles. How much does the Nvidia Titan sell for again?

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      About R9K.

      • Deon Steyn

        Dafuq??? Master Race indeed…

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          The Titan is serious overkill. It’s simply bragging rights. Anyone who buys a Titan now is either very rich or seriously needs their heads read.

          If you want to say you have the best then the 680/690′s are fine. Heck, even AMD top range is a choice. Just not the Titan.

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            WHAT? LC wants AMD?
            *slaps self to check awake level*

      • Uberutang

        Not in SA sir. Try 17k.

        • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

          I just choked on my own cock.

          • Deon Steyn

            Mans got skillz

          • Wtf101

            Eish! Either you are very flexible, or from now on I am calling you by your REAL name: Captain Schlong!

          • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            Or it’s removable.

          • Wtf101

            That just brings me to my next question: WTF is it doing in your mouth?????

          • Johan Fourie

            Meat is meat and a man must… eat?

            My brain hurts.

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            O_O

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          I heard 13k! Dafuq! Man, I would not pay that for a GFX card. Ever.

  • Sir Oldfart

    Stallone: “So, how many push ups can you do?”

    Chuck: “All of them”

    Stallone: “…”

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      WINNAR!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

        When I read your comment, I quickly gazed over it and thought you said WINRAR

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          NO I WILL NOT UNZIP FOR YOU!!!!!

          • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

            Well fine then :( stay bottled up in your Archive for all I care :(

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Package Access……….DENIED

            :P

          • matthurstrsa

            Please keep your package behind your WinZip. Thanks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carl-Angus/685100819 Carl Angus

      I have to add that one to my list of chuck norrisisms

  • Uberutang

    Keep in mind that PC recommended is played across multiple screens at insane resolutions.

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      I don’t know so much. I’ve often seen that recommended specs really are what’s needed to run a game at a flat 60FPS on high settings.

      • Uberutang

        Sorry optimum is across multiscreens. Reconmened is 60fps at 1080p.

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Ah! Yes. That I will well believe. Man, I’d love triple monitor. Imagine a triple monitor setup with 3x 42″ TV’s.

    • Deon Steyn

      I can never understand why games need to played on more than one screen?

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      XD

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Those specs are a little on the high side for optimum.

    I only have a GTX560Ti :(

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      7870 OC WOOOOT

      • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

        lol. ATI. *hands an understanding pat of consolation*

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          ATI? Nope AMD
          :P

          (and yes I know they used to be ATI)

          • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

            :P *cough -physx – cough*

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            meh

          • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

            xoxox

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            *updates stab-in-the-left-earlobe-list*

          • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

            Ha jokes on you! Lost it in ‘Nam

          • http://tumblr.exhibeo.com/ Axon1988

            If you get that illisuve 7870 tahiti LE version then there’s no worries as it’s keeps up with the 660ti… (I thunketh)

          • schlong

            Do you know that you can use physx on amd dont you? You just use it from your cpu thats the difference…

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        I need to upgrade to a 660Ti or something. Just wish graphics card prices weren’t so FUBAR lately.

  • eXpZA

    I’ve always thought that games requiring insane specs are just poorly optimized. A good example is one of my favorite games, Company of Heroes. It can still bring modern PC’s to their knees when played on full, but only due to some poor coding.

    Crysis 1 is another example of this. Far Cry 3 looks better, yet Crysis 1 takes bigger hits.

    For example, Crysis 1 will render full, volumetric smoke on the horizon that adjusts to light elements and has full, realistic wind interactions. Call of Duty (weird example, hear me out) just puts an animated GIF. From where the player is standing, it looks identical.

    Battlefield 3, which is still one of the best looking games on PC, requires 2/3′rds the Specs Metro : Last Light will and will probably look on par with it. BF4 might similar, as the engine is largely the same.

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Good points man.

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Dude, I just hope Last Light isn’t as badly optimised as the first Metro game was.

      Checked some benchmarks. The game still brings down even a GTX690 to its knees. On 1080p on ultra the game runs at something stupid like 23FPS. That’s horrible coding on the original engine.

      So let’s hope it’s been optimised properly.

      The only reason Last Light needs such high specs for optimum, I am guessing, is most likely due to certain DX11 features such as tessellation. If turned off I think even the slightly lower end rigs will most likely be able to play it on high or Ultra depending how far off the mark it is from recommended. That’s what I am hoping anyway. It better not be the same issues that plagued the first game with turning up settings.

      It’s the same issue with Arkham City. Turn off tessellation and suddenly the game gains like 30FPS

      • eXpZA

        DX11 hasn’t been fully used by Devs and it’s almost always a hinderance. I played Arkham City on PC and DX11 + Tessellation was a nightmare. I turned Tessellation off and went to DX9, the game ‘swear to God’ was identical and ran 2x as fast.

        A quick google of “Batman Arkham City DX9 DX11″ shows countless people with the same experience as me.

        I think the reason so many Devs don’t make full use of it is due to the fact that top range PC rigs make up… what… 2% of the people who are going to purchase your game?

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          I did the same thing. With Tesselation on I was getting roughly between 35 – 45 FPS on ultra with some slow downs during fights (down to the mid/high 20′s).

          Turned of Tesselation and suddenly my game was running at 60FPS (VSynced) with no drops whatsoever and I also haven’t seen squat difference in the game’s graphics by doing this.

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Hmmm, interesting points dudes

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Yeah, also as a side note, this is all with PhysX turned up to max. So yeah, devs are still in the early stages of properly utilizing things such as tessellation in games and actually having it functional and streamlined.

            I’d take proper physics over crummy tessellation any day

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            “crummy tessellation” sounds like a fancy dish at a 5star joint

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Now I’m hungry.

    • Skyblue

      Agreed with you mostly but no way does Far Cry 3 look better than Crysis.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

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    XD

    • AndriyP

      MAD? :p

      • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

        Awfully Mediocre Devices.

        • AndriyP

          Hahaha nice

      • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

        Always Meddling with Drivers.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    SUPER excited for this game. If you haven’t yet played the first Metro, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

    Brilliant experience!

    • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

      Agreed!!!!!ten bigillion percent

    • Wtf101

      Damn it! You just put me in the mood for Saints Row The Third again. My fiance officially hates you! :)

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    How groovy is that background music?

    • Twakkie

      Very cool ne? Can actually play all of Metro’s music on the guitar. If you want to hear some awesome acoustic in-game music go sit near a fire in Stalker. Man now that is some awesome pieces and flippen hard too play, well for me anyways.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        I did the same thing, walked past dude, walked back, wished I could park and chill with the dude

        • Twakkie

          Did the same. I appreciate small things like that the most in games. It sets the tone and gets me invested in the game. Probably one of the reasons why I rate Metro and Stalker so highly.

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Same here!!!

    • stfenix

      reminds me a little of Diablo 1

  • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

    i just got punched in my exhaust fan 0.o holy polygon decimating wallet crushing balls Batman!

  • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

    Hellz yeah Artyom is back!!! Am too, way too excited for this game!!! Metro 2033 was a highly overlooked gem!!

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      You know what’s weird? Artyom narrates, but does not say A DAMN THING INGAME!

  • http://twitter.com/Technikyle TechniKyle

    I wonder if they hired Russians to do the voice acting?

    • AndriyP

      They definitely did, thats why the first Metro was so cherished by me when i put on the russian voice overs i fell in love with the story, the voice in the video is overdone with the accent but im quite sure he is russian

      • http://twitter.com/Technikyle TechniKyle

        OK, you confirmed my suspicion. I thought he was a Russian, just exaggerating the accent a little.

  • Tbone187

    I reckon the Chuck Norris header is wasted on this article… :(

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      It’s Walker, Texas Ranger; the included video is about Metro’s Rangers. Plus, only chuck Norris can afford a Nvidia Titan.

      • Tbone187

        Hehehe…makes sense now, Didn’t view the vid yet…And I thought they used Chuck’s toenails as conductors in the Titan ,. hence the price… :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/darryndw Darryn Cameron-Gunn

    How will a i5 running @4ghz with 12gigs ram and gf 680 4gig handle this…?

    • Tbone187

      Show off… :)

  • Tom

    Chuck Norris rules!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rolex.wearer Rolex Waro

    optimum specs-”this is what our partners want us to push”