Star Citizen Requirements

scquestionmarkThere’s a blueprint to enjoyment of any game.  Star Citizen has requirements like any other game.  These requirements include not just your PC, but yourself as well.  Beyond booting up the game, you must enjoy a certain style of gameplay.  Do you meet the requirements for Star Citizen?  Let’s find out.

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Star Citizen Requirements For PC

There have been a few levels of performance provided for Star Citizen.  I found the following information on system requirements in the Star Citizen forums helpful.

Meeting the Minimum requirements will probably let you only barely experience the game.  Windows 7 or 8 64-bit, Dual Core CPU (Intel: Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz, AMD: Phenom X2) 8GB of RAM, NVidia Geforce 460GTX / AMD Radeon HD5850 (DirectX 11 only)

The Recommended requirements will give you a good experience of Star Citizen. Intel i5 2500, i7 2600, 2700 or better with a GTX 670 or greater

If you meet the requirements for Maximum experience on Star Citizen, you should have some really stunning visuals.  For 1080p: R9 290x or GTX 780 will be required (a GTX 680/R9 280x. For a 4K experience, a pair of mid to higher end video cards (680/770 7970/280x or better) or a future video card (GTX 880, R9 390x, etc) will be required.

Star Citizen Requirements In Alpha

Right now, Star Citizen is in alpha development.  No matter what the requirements are, the potential for bugs is above average.  Better systems will give lower than expected performance until the game is optimized further.  Keep that in mind.  Lower your in game settings for a performance boost.

  • Gen 2+ Quad core i5, 8GB of RAM, GTX 680 (lower end)
  • Gen 2+ Quad core i7, 16GB RAM, and a GTX 780 (higher end)

*Users with AMD FX series CPUs will experience lower performance.

Comparing System Components

To check your graphics card (GPU), compare it against the GTX 460. If your GPU scores less than 90% of the GTX 460, you likely do not meet the requirements for Star Citizen.

*The Direct X 11 requirement alone means you need an Nvidia 4xx series or newer, or AMD 5xxx series or newer.

To check your processor (CPU), compare your CPU against the C2D E6550 or E6600. (Check here if your CPU isn’t listed in the first link – Use the CPU Product Benchmarks menu, select the C2D E6550 and your CPU, then compare to the gaming benchmarks at the bottom only).

Star Citizen Requirements For You

So what can a player expect from Star Citizen?  Will Star Citizen meet your requirements?  Just because your computer can run the game at crazy high settings, doesn’t mean you’re going to enjoy it.  There are a few major personal requirements for playing Star Citizen.

Space Travel


Star Citizen takes place in the starts.  It is a space simulation MMORPG.  You will be doing a lot of flying.  The developers have programmed the game to follow Newtonian physics in order to mimic real life.  That said, there are some creative licenses taken to replace boring mechanics with fun ones (You wouldn’t actually want to sit in real time as you crossed space at cruising speeds).  You can fly different ships (exploration, mining, fighters, cargo), and you can fly from different views (first person, third person), but the bottom line is you’re going to be doing some flying.

Ground Combat

There will be some ground action for your character outside their starship.  Not only on planets, but boarding enemy ships as well.  All your character’s combat is going to take place from a first person shooter perspective.  Exactly how this system will work out hasn’t been announced yet.  Only now hints and teasers about character combat are being released.

PvP Galore

It may be kind of obvious after the first two things, but PvP is going to be a big part of this game.  You will have some control over how much (via the PvP slider, and where you choose to explore), but given the systems in place, PvP is inevitable.  You may be able to mitigate it quite a bit by staying in safe(r) areas, socializing, and playing the auction house heavily, but PvP will always be waiting for you.


Explorers will need to scout out mineral sources.  Miners will need to mine those sources.  Transport ships will be needed to move the cargo to factories.  Escorts will be needed to guard the cargo.  Factories will produce goods.  And you will be buying said goods to improve your scout, miner, cargo hauler, or fighter.  You get the idea.  There is going to be an enormous and complex economy in Star Citizen.  If you like playing the auction house, Star Citizen should be quite an amazing opportunity for you.

Requirements for Star Citizen-ship

If these seem like reasonable requirements, Star Citizen may be right for you.  There will be more to Star Citizen.  Lots more.  I think these things stand out as requirements for Star Citizen enjoyment because these systems have the most impact on the game.  From basic hardware requirements to PvPing through ship combat and ground combat, as well as dealing with a massive economy.  These will all be mainstays of daily life in Star Citizen.  So does Star Citizen meet your requirements?  Let me know in the comments.  What other requirements for Star Citizen would you add?  Drop those in your comments too.

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