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Baldur's Gate 3 will use the Vulkan API on PC and has higher than expected storage requirements

Baldur's Gate's 3 early access version requires 150GB of storage.

Baldur's Gate's 3 will use the Vulkan API on PC and has higher than expected storage requirements

Baldur's Gate 3 will use the Vulkan API on PC and has higher than expected storage requirements

- Update - Larian Studios' Director of Publishing has recently Tweeted that Baldur's Gate 3 will have an install size of 80GB, not 150GB. It was stated that "We like you having at least 150gb because that's just good for u" with no other clarifications. 

At this time it is unclear why Larian Studios is misrepresenting the storage requirements of Baldur's Gate 3. Baldur's Gate 3's install size may get larger as it progresses through its Early Access development phase, though this has not been confirmed. 

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Baldur's Gate 3 is due to release on PC tomorrow through Steam Early Access, and Larian Studios has updated the game's system requirements to highlight the game's storage needs and the title's default API on PC. Baldur's Gate 3 is currently due to release via Steam Early Access on October 6th. 

By default, Baldur's Gate 3 will use the Vulkan API on PC, though the game will also support DirectX 11 as a backup API. Given the fact that Baldur's Gate also supports Google's Stadia streaming platform, and Stadia's use of the Vulkan API, it makes sense for Larian Studios to utilise Vulkan across both PC and Stadia. Using Vulkan allows both versions of the game to benefit from the API's advanced features and cross-platform optimisations. 

Larian Studios has also updated Baldur's Gate 3's system requirements to list 150GB as the game's minimum storage requirement instead of 70GB, more than doubling the game's expected storage utilisation.   

Over time, Baldur's Gate 3's PC system requirements may get lower, as the performance of the game is expected to increase as the game goes through Early Access. Right now, the game requires a quad-core processor and either an Nvidia GTX 780 or better or an R9 280X or better. 

Right now, Larian Studios recommend processors like Intel's i7-4770K or AMD's Ryzen 5 1500X or better, 16GB of system memory and graphics cards like Nvidia's GTX 1060 6GB or AMD's RX 580. 

When the game releases in Early Access, Baldur's Gate's campaign is expected to last around 25 hours. This section of the game's campaign will cover the first act of the game, contain 5 origin character, six classes and gameplay that is almost "feature complete". Larian Studios has stated that those who want a more complete or polished experience should stay away from Baldur's Gate 3 early access version at this time.  

Baldur's Gate's 3 will use the Vulkan API on PC and has higher than expected storage requirements  

Below are Baldur's Gate 3's Early Access PC system requirements. 

MINIMUM:

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel i5-4690 / AMD FX 4350
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780 / AMD Radeon R9 280X
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 150 GB available space
Additional Notes: Default API is Vulkan 1.1. Directx11 API also provided. The minimum requirements might decrease over the course of Early Access, as performance improves.

RECOMMENDED:

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel i7 4770k / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB / AMD RX580
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 150 GB available space
Additional Notes: Default API is Vulkan 1.1. Directx11 API also provided. The recommended requirements might decrease over the course of Early Access, as performance improves.

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