Resident Evil's HD remake can now be pre-purchased and preloaded through Steam. The Steam listing for the game also revealed the official specs you'll need to run the survival horror's remastered version.

Here are the minimum and recommended requirements for the game. It looks like you'll be able to run the game on high settings even with a computer that's a few years old:

MINIMUM:
  • OS: Windows® 7 SP1 / Windows® 8.1
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, AMD Athlon™ X2 2.8 GHz, or better
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX260, ATI Radeon HD 6790, or better
  • Monitor Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectSound compatible (must support DirectX 9.0c or higher)
  • Additional Notes:
  • Controller: Supports Keyboard +Mouse. Genuine Xbox 360 PC compatible controller or comparable XInput-based gamepad recommended.
RECOMMENDED:
  • OS: Windows® 7 SP1 / Windows® 8.1
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Quad 2.7 GHz, AMD Phenom™ II X4 3.0 GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560, ATI Radeon HD 6950, or better
  • Monitor Resolution: 1280×720 or higher
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectSound compatible (must support DirectX 9.0c or higher)
  • Additional Notes:
  • Controller: Supports Keyboard +Mouse. Genuine Xbox 360 PC compatible controller or comparable XInput-based gamepad recommended.
The requirements from Capcom also note that newer laptops or desktops with "high end integrated" GPUs may be able to run the game as well. However, they're not officially supported for the game and haven't been tested by Capcom.

Pre-purchasing Resident Evil HD through Steam gives you access to a couple small bonuses. The first is a Mansion Guide, a series of images that show you the floor plan of the main mansion. Pre-purchase customers will also get over 30 selections from the game's soundtrack.

This release is an update of the Nintendo GameCube version of Resident Evil. The environments and characters have been updated with higher resolutions and post-processing effects. The normally static environments are now a little more realistic thanks to a few moving 3D parts. You can see some comparison screenshots between the original version and the remake here.

The remake also has a more modern control scheme. You'll be able to directly move in the direction you push your analog stick. The older and more annoying control scheme, which forced you to rotate with your left and right buttons and then push up or down to move forward or backward, is also an option for purists.

Resident Evil HD will debut on January 20th for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3. PlayStation gamers who pre-order will get both the PS3 and PS4 versions for the price of one. The remake costs $20 on all platforms.

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