Pop quiz for you PC nerds: a friend wants to build a gaming PC and wants to know how much ram they should get. What would you say? 16 GB for gaming is a safe bet, right? Maybe you could even get by with 8, if you just want to play mostly indie games and do everyday computer tasks? Well, you better hope that this hypothetical friend of yours (not that you don’t have any real friends, I’m sure) isn’t planning on downloading the upcoming PC version of Return because according to the game’s new Steam listingthe recommended specs call for an eye-popping 32 gigabytes of ram.
Originally released as a PS5 exclusive, Return is one of many Sony games coming to PC lately. Return is a third-person roguelite shooter where you play as a space explorer trapped in an infinite time loop. As an early PS5 title that showed much of the promise of the system’s graphical horsepower, it’s certainly fitting that a PC release raises the bar. word of Return‘s arrival on PC arrived during the epically long Game Awards last week, where it was followed by a Steam listing with the recommended specs of a processor with six cores (eight if you rock AMD), a 2000 series GPU, 60 GB of space (which is actually modest), and 32 gigabytes of freaking ram in the year 2022. The future is bright here.
To be fair, the minimum specs of Return seem a lot more bearable, but are still a bit high in the ram department. A four-core CPU on Intel or AMD will suffice, and the true GTX 1060 graphics card is fine, but you’ll still need 16 GB of RAM. For minimum specifications! I didn’t get into PC gaming until around 2016, but even I know that the minimum specs are mostly aligned with what’s left of previous generations. And that means you, yes you, with the GTX 980 still in the tank, have to move on.
Return‘s requirements seem like a pretty sharp spike to anyone who pays attention to this sort of thing – which is what I thought of the next one Empty space‘s remake’s minimum and recommended specs of 16GB. However, let’s put it in some context.
In 2015, popular titles like Fallout 4 and The witcher 3 asked for a minimum of eight gigabytes and recommended (min. specs on The witcher were only six gigabytes). Flashforward to 2019 and resident evil 2‘s remake called for eight gigabytes of more or less recommended sides. Cyberpunkkicking my PC’s 32GB of RAM, eight-core CPU, and 3000-series GPU wanted 12GB max in 2020. Just a year later, the wonderful Forza Horizon 5 had a recommended request of 16 GB RAM, just like resident evil Village. utilities Return (which doesn’t have a release date on PC yet) arrives with double the requirement in a fraction of the time.
Sure, a recommended spec of 32GB is inevitable, as we can’t get enough of the beautiful pixels. But if you consider that Return was, at best, a sleeping hit on PS5 and is not, I don’t know, the next one Crysis or the sequel to Cyberpunk, that number feels awfully high. If nothing else, Return specs are a sore spot, as is PC gaming in general get more and more expensiveeven with the crypto empire burning in the distance.