Halo 5: Forge

Microsoft alongside 343 Industries is prepping to take Halo 5: Guardians to the next level by introducing Halo 5: Forge to PC gamers. Of course, before that update arrives you'll likely need to find out if your Windows 10-powered PC can handle the Forge.

Gamespot recently detailed the new Req packs players can acquire in Halo 5, and Gamespot also managed to spot the system specifications for Halo 5: Forge for PC, which is a toolset that allows gamers to create, manipulate and share custom map content from the comfort of their PC. While the Halo 5 map building feature will be present on PC, you will not be able to play the game on PC.

Even still, you'll need a decent rig to run the Forge toolset. Check out the minimum, recommended and ultra specs below.

Minimum:

Operating system: Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, version 1607 or later

DirectX 12

CPU: Intel Core i5 at 2.3 Ghz or AMD equivalent

GPU: GeForce 650 Ti

VRAM: 2GB

RAM: 8GB

HDD: 40GB

Recommended (1080p at 60 frames per second):

Operating system: Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, version 1607 or later

DirectX 12

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k at 3.4 Ghz or AMD equivalent

GPU: GeForce 970

VRAM: 4GB

RAM: 12GB

HDD: 40GB

Ultra (4K at 60 frames per second):

Operating system: Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, version 1607 or later

DirectX 12

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770k at 3.4 Ghz or AMD equivalent

GPU: GeForce 980 Ti

VRAM: 6GB

RAM: 16GB

HDD: 40GB

The minimum specifications for the Forge aren't that bad. If you have a PC made within the last few years you should be able to at least run it with no problems; an i5 at 2.3ghz is what most standard laptops have these days. What might give you a bit of a problem is the GPU, which requires 2GB of video RAM. Now typically, even five or so years ago, 2GB of VRAM was considered high-end. For gamers on a budget, the GTX 650 Ti might seem a little like a bit of a stretch, but if you don't mind upgrading your GPU to something a lot more powerful like the GTX 750 Ti, you could do so for around $100.

The recommended specs for the Halo 5's map making tool is a little more extreme, requiring a GTX 970, 4GB of VRAM and 12GB of system RAM. That really pushes the requirements above and beyond the standard far computer specs, and that's also if you plan on running the Forge at 1080p and 60 frames per second.

The ultra settings are for those attempting to run the Forge at 4K. You will need an i7 clocked at 3.4ghz or an AMD equivalent CPU, so that's reaching the top of the hardware ceiling, and you'll also need a GTX 980 Ti with 6GB of RAM and 16GB of system RAM. Essentially, you would need the most top of the line PC to run the Forge from Halo 5 at a 4K resolution. I have no idea why you would want to run the Forge at those settings if you're just making maps, but some enthusiasts out there might really enjoy looking at the Halo universe in 4K since they won't be experiencing the game at that resolution any time soon on an Xbox console.

Halo 5: Forge for PC is due for release on September 8th.

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