Alan Wake II’s Eye-Popping PC Requirements, Explained

Alan Wake II will be released on October 27, 2023 on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via the Epic Games Store. Understandably, video game graphics technology has advanced quite a bit since the beginning Alan WakeThe 2010 release on the humble Xbox 360. But if you’re looking to play Remedy Entertainment’s long-awaited return to Mr. Wake up on PC, there is an unpleasant reality waiting for you: Better to have a good setup.

But here’s some good news: if you haven’t upgraded your machine in a while, Alan Wake II presents a good opportunity for you to reassess what is in your computer and what is worth investing in.

Alan Wake II may sit at the highest end of today’s graphics demands in 2023, but specs like these will become the new normal (if not already) for AAA gaming in the 2020s.


‘1080p is fine, I don’t care about ray tracing, and I don’t need 30 FPS for a narrative game’

If this is you, I appreciate your modest gaming needs. But I have some bad news for you, the specs even for the minimum settings are very demanding:

Alan Wake II Minimum PC requirements

  • Graphics: Below
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • FPS: 30
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 2060/Radeon RX 6600 (6GB VRAM)
  • DLSS/FSR2: Quality
  • CPU: Intel i5-7600K or AMD equivalent
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 90 GB SSD

Yes, so the machine you built in 2017 and never upgraded probably won’t cut it. on UNDER settings.

Admittedly, the CPU requirement of an i5 7600K isn’t too bad (this is what I had on my last machine), but you need an RTX 2060-equivalent card, and that’s for UNDER graphics settings, people. And you’re still expected to have supersampling via DLSS here—or FSR2…which, while better than FSR1, still looks too much to my eyes.

Also, the RAM and storage requirements of 90GB on an SSD (you should not, under any circumstances, play modern video games on your computer with an old-school spinny HDD) may mean that rig that got you the last few years of gaming. without many upgrades it may not be possible to return to Remedy Alan Wake.

The good news is that the 16 GB of RAM and storage requirements remain the same across the board.


‘I still don’t care about ray tracing, but I want better graphics and higher resolutions’

If you want to use the most beautiful graphics without its floor, Remedy’s “Recommended” settings pushed us to the 3000-series of Nvidia GPUs, but a quad-core CPU is probably out of the question. cut it. Remedy divides its Recommended settings into 1080p (for 60 FPS) and 1440p (for 30 fps). 4K is out the window at this level.

Alan Wake II recommended 1080p setting

  • Graphics: Medium
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • FPS: 60
  • GPU: RTX 3070/Radeon 6700 XT (8GB VRAM)
  • DLSS/FSR2: Performance
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or Intel equivalent

Alan Wake II recommended 1440p setting

  • Graphics: Medium
  • Resolution: 1440p
  • FPS: 30
  • GPU: RTX 3060/Radeon 6600 XT (8GB VRAM)
  • DLSS/FSR2: Balance
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or Intel equivalent

So if you want to go beyond low graphics settings, you’re looking at a meatier CPU/GPU combo. RAM stays at 16GB, which is definitely the lowest any decent gaming machine should have today (but like, maybe consider 32GB? You deserve it…), and Remedy still expects you to use DLSS here.


‘Um, I live in 4K and won’t play anything lower. But I still don’t care about ray tracing’

I understand. I also have a 4K monitor and my 3070 Ti is not happy about how I use it most of the time. It is definitely not happy Alan Wake II because RTX 4070 is required for High graphics settings in 4K. That said, the CPU specs remain the same as the previous settings:

Alan Wake II Ultra 4k settings

  • Graphics: Medium
  • Resolution: 4K
  • FPS: 60
  • GPU: RTX 4070/Radeon 7800 XT (12GB VRAM)
  • DLSS/FSR2: Balance
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or Intel equivalent

But okay, what if you want a beautiful ray tracing? Let’s get into it.


‘I just want a bit of ray-tracing, as a treat’

Here’s some good news, with medium graphics and low ray tracing settings, all you need is an RTX 3070 or RX 6800 XT GPU. Bad news? You’re stuck at 1080p/30FPS.

Alan Wake II Low Ray Tracing settings

  • Graphics: Medium
  • Ray Tracing: Below
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • FPS: 30
  • GPU: RTX 3070/Radeon 6800 XT (8GB VRAM)
  • DLSS/FSR2: Quality
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or Intel equivalent

All things considered, it’s not too bad. I personally like to at least have ray traced reflections if I can, because I see that it adds a certain amount of believable depth and perspective to the physics of light. However, we have to see how low the ray tracing settings need to be at this level and what wiggle-room there is on a machine with similar specs.

Finally, if you have a large disposable income and can just drop the cash on your rig, let’s break down the higher end of the ray tracing options.


‘OMG give me all the rays, traced, thanks’

Medium and high ray traced settings for Alan Wake II strong on Nvidia’s 4000 series of RTX cards. What about Radeon? Well, it’s not listed here, folks.

Alan Wake II Medium Ray Tracing Settings

  • Graphics: Medium
  • Ray Tracing: Medium (Path tracing on)
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • FPS: 60
  • GPU: RTX 4070 (12GB VRAM)
  • DLSS/FSR2: Quality
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or Intel equivalent

What happens if you try this on an AMD card? I think Sam Lake probably appeared to take you to the Dark Place. Or maybe you’re not performing well. Probably the latter.

Maybe.

If you want higher settings, you’re looking at an RTX 4080,

Alan Wake II High Ray Tracing Settings

  • Graphics: Medium
  • Ray Tracing: High (Path tracing on)
  • Resolution: 4K
  • FPS: 60
  • GPU: RTX 4080 (16GB VRAM)
  • DLSS/FSR2: Performance
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or Intel equivalent

No matter how you configure the settings, Alan Wake II requires a powerful spec’d PC. I expect there is some room between these different configurations to raise or lower individual settings to customize the experience, but overall, Alan Wake II is it your siren song to upgrade, or a sign of what’s to come.

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