The release date for Rare's Sea of Thieves is finally starting to wind down and come into view. Both Xbox One and PC gamers are likely very excited about the open-world, seafaring adventure game, but PC gamers, in particular, will need to make sure that their PC meets the minimum requirements before they dive in.
Luckily, over on the official website, Rare revealed the official PC specifications for the upcoming launch of Sea of Thieves.
Unlike most other spec sheets out there, Rare actually takes into consideration the different PC setups that gamers have and playing the game at different resolutions and at different frame rates. So the minimum specs start as low as running the game with all the graphics options turned off and the resolution set as low as 540p. If you want to get at least 30 frames per second out of the gameplay experience, you'll need Windows 10, an Intel Iris Pro or Intel Iris 540, an integrated GPU, 1GB of VRAM, 4GB of RAM, and DirectX 11. Those are actually quite moderate and even really old desktop PC should be able to run the game at those settings.
The recommended specs, playing the game at 1080p and 60fps, will still require Windows 10, but the CPU requirements jump drastically with an Intel i5 4690 at 3.5Ghz being a necessity or an AMD FX-8150 at 3.6Ghz. You'll also need 8GB of RAM, 4GB of VRAM, and a GTX 770 or AMD Radeon R9 380x. If you already have something more modern but are curious where that fits on the bill, it's the equivalent to the GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 470.
Things scale a lot higher for the "Extreme" settings, assuming you have a rig that can handle playing Sea of Thieves at 4K and 60fps, a rare and astronomical feat for most gamers. You'll need an Intel i7 4790 at 4Ghz, or an AMD Ryzen 5 1600 at 3.6GHz. Your RAM requirements will be nestled at 16GB, while you'll need 8GB of VRAM and at least a GTX 1080Ti or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 on the GPU side.
If you were hoping to upgrade in order to play Sea of Thieves in 4K, you're likely going to have a hard time getting your hands on Nvidia and AMD GPUs due to the crypto-mining craze taking the industry by storm right now. AMD is hoping to get more Radeon cards up and out there customers, but if you didn't pick up a GTX 1080Ti last year, you're going to have a really hard time getting your hands on one this year.
Even still, the specs for the game actually aren't that bad, especially given that it's an open-world title with seamless multiplayer and procedural events. On the upside, Sea of Thieves is compatible with the Xbox Anywhere feature, so whether you're playing on a laptop on the go, or at home on your TV on the Xbox One or desktop PC, you'll be able to hop into the game or hop out of the game on one device or another without any troubles.
You can look for the game to launch March 20th for both PC and Xbox One next month.