Ubisoft has announced the minimum requirements for the PC version ofAssassin’s Creed Unity — and, well, they’re a little bit puzzling to say the least. At a bare minimum, the new Assassin’s Creed game will require an Nvidia GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970, 6GB of RAM, and a Core i5-2500K or Phenom II X4 940 CPU. The recommendedspecs take that up to a Core i7-3770 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a top-of-the-line GTX 780 .We know that the Xbox One and PS4 struggle with Assassin’s Creed Unity — they are both locked to 900p @ 30 fps — but even the minimum PC specs are about twice the processing power present in the Xbox One. What on earth is going on?


To round out the minimum PC specs for Assassin’s Creed Unity, it also requires 50GB of free space, and a 64-bit version of Windows 7 SP1. Your GTX 680 or HD 7970 needs 2GB of RAM, too.

Unity’s minimum CPU requirement is a little less insane — the Core i5-2500K was a mid-range part that retailed for $220 — but still, when we factor in the 6GB of RAM, the minimum specs equate to a pretty serious gaming PC in 2012; something in the $1000+ range. Heck, even today a GTX 680 or 770 is a pretty decent card that will play just about anything at 1920×1080. (And let’s not even discuss that insane 50GB storage requirement; I think we’ll talk about that in a separate story.)


From the cynical point of view, of course, is that Ubisoft is optimizing Assassin’s Creed Unity for the PS4 and Xbox One — with the PC port being just an afterthought. I mean, it makes sense: a modern gaming PC does have a lot more power on tap than a console, so why bother spending time optimizing code when you can just throw more cycles at it? Even if the game doesn’t run very well as a result, the majority of your customers are console owners anyway, so who cares?

Assassin’s Creed Unity is beeing released tommorow – october 2014.