The System Requirements Within (Updated)


Updated October 2

On the heels of our Gone Gold announcement, we’ve put the final touches on the recommended PC requirements for The Evil Within. These specifications are listed as “recommended” as they are the settings we’ve determined ensure that your gameplay experience plays as intended by the development team.

Recommended PC System Specifications

  • 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
    i7 with four plus cores
  • 4 GBs RAM
  • 50 GB of hard drive space*
  • GeForce GTX 670 or equivalent with 4GBs of VRAM
  • High Speed Internet Connection
    Steam account and activation

*It’s worth noting that the 50 GB of space required is for the PC install. When the installation is complete, the game will take up ~41 GB of HDD space.

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: windows 7/8.1
  • GPU: GTX 460 or an equivalent 1 GB VRAM card
  • CPU: i7 or an equivalent 4+ core processor
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • HDD: 50 GB

Speaking of space (and by your request), here are the install sizes for the console versions of the game.

  • Xbox One — 40 GB HDD Space
  • PlayStation 4 — 40 GB HDD Space
  • PlayStation 3 — 7 GB HDD Space
  • Xbox 360 — 7 GB
    • Note: The Evil Within requires a mandatory install to the Xbox 360’s HDD or a USB 2.0 (or higher) flash drive.

Reader Comments

  1. Settle down people – the “recommended” specs are always high. I’m sure the game will still run with 2 or 3 GB of VRAM, but you’ll have to turn down the settings. If you really want a next-gen experience, there are 7 or 8 graphics card models out there with 4GB of VRAM…so it’s not like there aren’t any options.

    Personally, I think it’s awesome that they’re targeting high-end visuals instead of just aiming for the lowest common denominator. I wish more PC games would do the same.

  2. Hello what’s goin on with game specs theese days? Just answer me this an i5 4670k, 16 gs of ddr3, gtx 770 2g, 750 w psu, msi z87 a good enough system to run this game? Ive been thinking about upgrading to an i7 4790/4770, i want a 980 but i dont know if i have to get one. I have a ps4, but my PC crushes XB1 exclusives, like DR3 runs at 1080 30fps supposedly better textures, XB1 DR3 is 720. Titanfall i think its 792 on XB1, its 1080 max settings with my custom PC, i think i may be able to play ryse 1080 max settings, i think its 900 on XB1. So why wouldnt i be able to play The Evil Within on 1080, thief has high specs but again im running it at 1080 with high settings and i get 60 fps. So why wouldn’t i be able to run this at 30/60 fps max settings 1080? I asked tech support by e-mail about it and they said to mess with the settings untill i upgrade. What? LOL.

  3. So you’re saying a GTX 780 Ti can’t run this? A $730 video card that was up until a few days ago the most high-end gaming card money could buy can’t run your game? That’s beyond pathetic if true. Was this programmed by monkeys?

  4. 4GB of VRam is a ton, especially since it sounds like its basically a minimum requirement even for 1080p. Its pretty crazy that one of the requirements is something that the majority of people don’t have. They seem to be shooting themselves in the foot with that one and drastically limiting the amount of people that can run this game.

    I have a couple thousand dollar PC that benchmarks “Better than 96% of all results”, but both my graphics cards are 2GB. Pretty insane that apparently my rig can’t handle The Evil Within, especially considering it doesn’t look like its doing anything special.

    It makes you wonder why that requirement is there to begin with. It certainly sounds like they took the path of least resistance to spit the game out on PC and hope to make some money before people realized the port wasnt up to snuff. Obviously we won’t know until it actually comes out, but its enough to get myself and others worried enough to not want to pre-order and let others take the chance first and report back with results.

  5. Congratulations Bethesda, I see you want to follow the same path of ubisoft, which is to create ports poorly optimized for the PC. After all how do you even say, developing for the PC, is a HEADACHE.

    At least I know what game not to purchase in Steam. Thank you.

  6. Insane i dnot think so lazy yeeess!! is Recommended system (25-30 fps) almost playable lol is like the ltl more then minimum requirement so the 4gb vram maybe its not enough just do the some 50-50 the job bad optimized port it is yeesss!! you will need 8gb vram like the consoles to match the laziness and not to do the job and have a pc optimize game,and piracy is there fault.Nice well done uhh btw 8gb vram gfx dnot exist but you can give 1000$ to buy a gfx with 6gb vram for 30-35 fps gaming yea!!.Why guys you say about Wolfenstein i play on 660ti 2gb very nice 45-50 fps all set full

  7. Thank you Bethesda for releasing another port poorly optimized for the PC. If you want to follow the Way of Ubisoft to release badly done ports to your PC, continue with the “Good Work”.

  8. It’s just ridiculous the requirement of 4GB Vram… There’s no game around which ask for such a vídeo memory.. 3 months ago I’ve just bought a R9 270x 2GB GDDR5 specially for this game and now you guys says that I need 4GB in my card. This is ridiculous and disrespectful with the customer… If really it will use that amount of Vram, you guys should have told us months ago.

  9. Mark my words.

    ”One of the worst optimized game for PC on the planet is on the way.”

    This system specs is a joke,this is a thievry! U guys are just posting this specs because u have agreements with Nvidia or AMD or İntel and trying to sell new comptuters to brainless sheeps?

    Explain this Bethasda.


  10. Aqui no Brasil o the evil within está muito aguardado! por favor legendas em português Bethesda ! Vocês são uma ótima equipe e tem tudo pra crescer muito mais ainda se lançar esse jogaso aqui no Brasil com legendas em português pedido de fã da impressa obrigado a todos !

  11. Well I have to admit that there is quite an lot of unrest from so many fellow gamers all around this comment section, however to all those complaining about how high these requirements are do allow me to point out the fact that the post specifies that these are the “recommended settings which should offer optimal gameplay” from the developer’s point of view, so chances are that you will be able to run it on a lower system setting as well (given that your computer isn’t older than a newborn infant, of course 😛 ). Also do take into consideration the way in which this game looks from the trailers and try to understand why the 4GB are so direly needed for that extra scare flavor, after all the game is supposed to look good cause otherwise it just won’t get the job done. Yeah and guys, great work with it I do hope it will amaze me even more when I finally get to play it!

  12. so, Sir. if I buy a MSI Twin Frozr Gaming OC GTX 760 4GB VRAM the game will run smoothly as intended, as opposed to MSI Twin Frozr Gaming OC GTX 770 2GB VRAM although it’s a faster card, for sure?

    Plz kindly reply, sir. your reply will determine my purchase on my new VGA. I really want to play this game coz it looks like a survival horror I’ve been dreaming of, and been following the news since the first announcement. I don’t care about other games.

    Thank you.

      • Thank you for the swift reply, sir. GTX 760 4 GB VRAM it is. I reckon GTX 760 power is between GTX 670 and 680, and the recommended VGA is 670, so I think I’ll be able to play it smoothly, as the game is intended to.

        I’ll purchase the new VGA after the game has been released, and people’s reviews are out, just to be safe. I hope things will get better and the dev team’ll be successful in fixing and optimising the PC version to the fullest. there’s still time until release, around 2 weeks.

        Thank you.

  13. Sir,

    Can you please be more specific ? I mean saying “4gb vram or get out” is extremely vague.

    Could you please specify what resolutions and settings are you expecting at 4gb vram requirements?

    I mean i know you want me to buy a gtx 980 but … they are kinda out of stuck so please cut me some slack. I’ll buy one later! Pinky swear!

    • lol pinky swear. sadly my budget is stuck at below $300. the only choice I have for a card with 4GB VRAM is… 760… hope this’ll run smoothly without any hiccup… plz…

      my monitor is the standard norm 1980×1080 60 fps, so my target is to play smoothly at that resolution at 60fps. I ask for no fancy hardcore gaming, no, sir. 4GB VRAM? I’ll buy, I’ll buy. 760 that is. wallet restriction.

      feeling kinda sad to not buy a faster 770 (but with 2 GB VRAM) which only $20 higher in price. but I’m dying to play this game, now.

      • I ordered the evga sc gtx 980 from amazon, hopefully evga step up program will bail me out when the 8gb version comes out.

        But as i said before they are out of stock and they dont seem to have an estimate delivery yet. I hope it arrives before this junks comes out.

  14. I got to admit i have reservations about getting the gtx980 now since it only has 4gb and the 8gb veraion should be out soon. Shadow of Mordor and this game requirements have given me the chills about the reckcless use of vram by developers. It worries me that 4gb wont last long.

  15. I’m so happy I didn’t preorder this! 4gb of VRAM? LOL

    Don’t even release the game on PC if you’re not going to try. Seriously. Pathetic. I’ve lost a lot of respect for both Bethesda and Shinji Mikami. I’ll keep this in mind in the future. I’m also trying to get the word out now that the PC port is apparently unplayable for >98% of PC gamers.

  16. Bethesda u still not address about 4gb vram.either we run this game with 2gb vram or not?if u not answer then we cancel the pre order and if u still doing same thing about DOOM and FALLOUT 4 then we ignore u.remember may u r the one of the best developer and publisher in planet but u r not alone.

  17. Yup definitely cancelling. Won’t be buying on any other platform either. After over a year of hype and following this game what a slap in the face!

  18. cancelling my pre-order, and just going to buy it USED once it’s dirt-cheap, on PS3.

    either you guys are awful at optimizing or you’re pushing hardware. 😛

  19. Hallo i and others are interested to know the Minimum specs to even run this game, idont care recommended, do u think all gamers today are made of money and sit on uber i7 rigs and video cards with 4gb ram that according to steam hardware less then 2% have ? come on…. why even release it for pc if its for such a small amount of people that will be even able to enjoy it since u say 2gb cards u can give it a go.. lol.

  20. any news? update? hope the optimisation happens… and all this 4GB VRAM debacle just Bethesda trolling… maybe it’s a Halloween thing.

  21. Wow… Was really looking forward to this game, but it seems like a 780ti isn’t enough to run it or atleast not recommended., so I guess I’ll just cancel the preorder. A shame really, looks like an awesome game.

    Judging by the comments here and on reddit, you guys are in for one hell of a ride once this game comes out.

  22. Recommended PC System Specifications

    64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8 [Checked] (8.1 and soon 10)

    i7 with four plus cores [Checked] (i7 + 8 cores)

    4 GBs RAM [Checked] (12 GBs RAM)

    50 GB of hard drive space* [Checked](1TB but need to do some free up)

    GeForce GTX 670 or equivalent with 4GBs of VRAM (Mine GTX 670M with 3GB, now here’s the problem, i’m just 1Gb of VRAM behind)

    If this turned out to be a lazy and Unoptimized PC port, things will be messed up with that requirements)

  23. HAHAHAHAHAHA!! Bethesda must think we’re all idiots, there’s no way in hell those are the actual system requirements.