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Serious Sam 4's PC requirements reveal why the game's not coming to consoles

This game wouldn't run on PS4 or Xbox One

Serious Sam 4's PC requirements reveal why the game's not coming to consoles

Serious Sam 4's PC requirements reveal why the game's not coming to consoles

Croteam's Serious Sam 4 is due to release on PC and Stadia on September 24th. In advance of this release, Croteam has released PC system requirements for the title, revealing why the game was never due to release on current-generation console platforms. 

Before looking at this game's minimum system requirements, note that Serious Sam 4's minimum system requirements will run the game at 720p 30 FPS. These minimum requirements call of an Nvidia GeForce 780/970/1050 or AMD Radeon 7950/280/470 graphics card with at least 3GB of VRAM. All of these graphics cards are stronger than the GPUs present within PS4 and Xbox One consoles. 

When you move to Serious Sam 4's recommended system requirements, we can see that the game recommends 8-core processors, 16GB of system memory and graphics cards with 8GB of VRAM. On PC, Serious Sam players will be able to play the game using both the DirectX 12 and Vulkan graphical APIs. 

With such high system requirements for 720p 30 FPS, it is clear to see why Serious Sam 4 has been developed with PC and Stadia in mind. Both the PS4 and Xbox One could require lower resolution targets had Serious Sam 4 been ported to those systems. Alternatively, Croteam would have been forced to set a lower bar for Serous Sam 4's technical ambitions. Perhaps Serious Sam 4 will eventually reach consoles though the technological capabilities of PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
   

Serious Sam 4's PC requirements reveal why the game's not coming to consoles  

Below are Serious Sam 4's full PC system requirements. 

MINIMUM:

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: 4-core CPU @ 2.5 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: nVidia GeForce 780/970/1050 or AMD Radeon 7950/280/470 (3 GB VRAM)
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 40 GB available space
Additional Notes: Requirements are based on 720p rendering resolution at 30 FPS

RECOMMENDED:

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10 64-bit (1909)
Processor: 8-core CPU @ 3.3 GHz
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: nVidia GeForce 1080/2060 or AMD Radeon Vega64/5700 (8 GB VRAM)
DirectX: Version 12
Storage: 40 GB available space
Additional Notes: Recommended APIs include DX12 and Vulkan

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14-09-2020, 06:46:27

Avet
Finally the devs are ditching old consoles. This should have happened years ago.Quote

14-09-2020, 07:32:35

Bagpuss
From what I've seen, the only reason for such high system requirements is down to the sheer number of enemies on screen at once, rather than any particularity impressive next generation graphics.


There is most definitely a 'quantity over quality' aspect to this game.



So many enemies on screen will likely mean very big draw calls on the CPU side, hence the 8 core CPU requirement.Quote
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