Something to look forward to: Returnal actually shocked users when its base system specs recommended they have 32GB of RAM back in December. Sony expanded and revised its system requirements slightly while emphasizing some PC-exclusive features in its latest release date announcement. You only get 16GB of RAM unless you want to play Returnal in 4K.
Sony’s latest PC port of the previously exclusive PlayStation 5 game – the award-winning Return – arrives on February 15th. Like some of the other games arriving in the first quarter of 2023, it will require a reasonably powerful setup to play at 60fps. , especially at 4K or with ray tracing.
A minimalist third-person roguelike system requirements Unchanged since December: Intel Core i5-6400, AMD Ryzen 5 1500X, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580 and 16GB of RAM to run the game at 720p and 60fps at low graphics settings.
However, previously recommended specs listed 32GB of RAM along with a Core i7-8700 or Ryzen 7 2700X and an RTX 2070 Super or RX 6700 XT. The new spec lists the same hardware and 16GB of RAM requirements to run Returnal at 1080p and 60fps at High settings.
Other games arriving soon, like the Dead Space remake, Forspoken, and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, list similar GPU recommendations: 2070, 3070, 6700, or 6800 with 16GB of system memory. Popular cards like the GTX 1060 and RX 580 have fallen to the minimum spec.
Sony added a “Medium” specification between the minimum and recommended returns. It suggests 16GB of RAM, a Core i5-8400 or Ryzen 5 2600, and a GTX 1070 or RX 5600 XT for 1080p and 60fps playback on medium settings.
The infamous 32GB recommendation only appears in the Returnal “Epic” and “Ray Tracing” requirements. While Sony suggests the RTX 3080 or RX 6800 XT to run the game at 4K at maximum settings without ray tracing, adding the RT seems to slightly increase the recommended GPU specs to the 3080 Ti or 6950 XT. Square Enix’s Forspoken, which launched on January 24th, recommends 32GB of RAM for 4K gaming.
Sony also revealed this week that in addition to ray-traced shadows in the PlayStation 5 version, Returnal supports ray-traced reflections on PC. Enabling DLSS and FSR upgrade should help users mitigate the cost of ray tracing performance. The title will also feature Nvidia Image Scaling settings in-game as an alternative to FSR for those without RTX graphics cards.
The PC version supports widescreen 21:9 and 32:9 aspect ratios. Haptic feedback and adaptive triggers through the DualSense controller cross over to the desktop but require a wired connection.
Return arrives on Steam and the Epic Games Store next month for $59.99.