Hogwarts Legacy PC Requirements, Explained

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Hogwarts Legacy is one of the most anticipated games of the year, so any player looking to play on PC needs to be ready with the proper specs.

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Hogwarts Legacy is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated releases of 2023 and for good reason. The game puts players into the beloved Wizarding World of Harry Potter but in the 1800s, long before the likes of Dumbledore and Voldemort rose to power. Players will finally have the chance to roam Hogwarts and the grounds, make friends, and take magical classes in a thrilling open world.

However, players looking to make the most of their experience with Hogwarts Legacy on PC need to have the right specs to run the game. With the right combination of CPU, GPU, RAM, and storage availability, players can run the game the way that Warner Bros. intended it to be run. Only time will tell whether Hogwarts Legacy will thrive given some of the controversy surrounding the source material, but having the correct PC requirements will give it the best shot.

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Hogwarts Legacy’s CPU Requirements

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The minimum CPU requirements for Hogwarts Legacy are the Intel Core i5-6600 or AMD Ryzen 5 1400, but to keep the game from lagging, it is recommended that players use the Intel i7-8700 or AMD Ryzen 5 3600. For a game as visually fluid and magical as Hogwarts Legacy, however, some players may be looking to boost their CPU to the next level. For Ultra CPU compatibility, players should use the Intel Core i7-10700K or AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, and for Ultra 4k, the Intel Core i7-10700K (3.80 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 7 5800X.

Hogwarts Legacy’s GPU Requirements

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From what’s been shown so far, Hogwarts Legacy is going to have extremely detailed graphics, especially in the wide open world that can be explored on a broom or hippogriff, which is why players need to have the proper GPU. Otherwise, their game will look muddled, warped, and messy. Warner Bros. recommends using the NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Ti, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, or INTEL Arc A770, but the game can be run with specs as low as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 4GB or AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB. For peak performance, players should aim for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT (Ultra), NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, or AMD Radeon RX 7900 (Ultra 4k).

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Hogwarts Legacy’s RAM and Storage Requirements

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Hogwarts Legacy requires a minimum of 16 GB of random-access memory (RAM), which is enough for high-quality play. For Ultra and Ultra 4k performance, players should have 32 GB. As far as storage goes, players’ PCs need at least 85 GP HDD, though it is recommended that they have at least 85 GB SSD. Ultra and Ultra 4k specs are also supported by 85 GB SSD of storage. These storage requirements show just how massive Hogwarts Legacy is, as Elden Ring, a long and intricate game, only requires 60 GB.

In addition to being available on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S, Hogwarts Legacy is Steam Deck compatible. The Steam Deck is a compatibility layer that uses Proton to run Windows games on Linux. This, combined with the correct specs, will allow players who want to play Hogwarts Legacy on PC to have the most magical experience possible.


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