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Returnal Needs an Insane Amount of RAM on PC

During The Game Awards show last week Friday, Sony announced that Returnal was officially releasing on PC sometime in 2023. The news wasn’t really a surprise given how many Returnal PC port leaks have appeared in the past few months. However, it was great news nonetheless. PC owners looking to pick the game up (whenever it launches) will need quite a hefty PC in order to play it. Returnal on PC has some of the highest PC System Requirements we have seen to date.

For starters, Sony’s Housemarque studio recommends you have at least 32GB of RAM in order to get the most out of its gameplay and visuals. While 32GB of RAM doesn’t sound like a lot, in fact, it actually is for a game. Some of the most hardware-intensive games of late only use half of that. To put it into perspective, Microsoft Flight Simulator only recommends 16GB. Other graphical-intensive games like Dying Light 2 and even A Plague Tale: Requiem also need 16GB of RAM.

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Returnal is likely one of the first games to hit the 32GB requirement for RAM when it comes to PC system requirements. In terms of graphics hardware, you’ll need at least an NVIDIA GTX 1060 or AMD RX 580 but Housemarque recommends an RTX 2070 Super or AMD RX 6700 XT.


  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit (version 1903)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6400 (4 core 2.7GHz) AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (4 core 3.5GHz)
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB) AMD Radeon RX 580 (8 GB)
  • Storage: 60 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD Recommended


  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit (version 1903)
  • Processor: Intel i7-8700 (6 core 3.7 GHz) AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (8 core 3.7 GHz)
  • Memory: 32 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER (8 GB) AMD RX 6700 XT (12 GB)
  • Storage: 60 GB available space

The higher RAM requirement might be tied to Returnal’s advanced PC tech which is rumoured to be included in the game. According to previous leaks, Returnal would feature NVIDIA DLSS and AMD’s FSR upscaling as well as ray tracing for both shadows and reflections. The game will also include an unlocked frame rate.

If anything, Returnal is one of the only PS5-exclusive games that didn’t release on PS4 at the same time. It takes full advantage of Sony’s SSD tech and the higher system requirements mean we’ll likely see more of this in the months ahead.

Source: Wccftech

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