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State of Decay 2 System Requirements Revealed Alongside May 22nd Release and $30 Price
By Jon Sutton on March 7th, 2018 at 10:31am - original article from game-debate

Microsoft has announced that its co-op open-world action game from Undead Labs, State of Decay 2, will be launching on May 22nd. Best of all though, it'll be launching at a budget-price of $29.99, which is either a hint at its production values or signaling Microsoft's intent to drag people kicking and screaming into the Windows Store. For those after some co-op hijinks it's looking very impressive indeed, but what about those all-important system specs? Here are the system requirements for State of Decay 2 on PC.

State of Decay 2 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 2.7GHz or AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 760 or Radeon HD 7870
  • HDD: 16GB Available Hard Drive Space
  • API: DirectX 11

State of Decay 2 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 960 or Radeon R9 380
  • HDD: 16 GB Available Hard Drive Space
  • API: DirectX 11

Compared to a lot Microsoft's first-party output, State of Decay 2 is very lightweight indeed. The screenshots let us know it's not a graphical powerhouse, but SoD2 still looks very decent. What it does ensure is that State of Decay 2 will run on a wide variety of gaming systems.

I'll start with the recommended requirements because I think the vast majority picking up this game are going to be aiming for this level. A 4GB GeForce GTX 960 or Radeon R9 380 is all that's required to max out State of Decay 2's graphics at 1080p screen resolution, which is very reasonable indeed. I suspect the 4GB VRAM requirement may catch a few people out, but plenty of low-end modern GPUs now come with 4GB variants. Alongside this, you'll need a middle-of-the-range, quad-core processor. From the looks of minimum specs, anything dual-core and you could be running into trouble.

Aside from all this, the 16GB recommended RAM requirement for State of Decay 2 sticks out like a sore thumb. I'd be willing to bet that it uses nowhere near 16GB unless Undead Labs has run into serious problems.

The minimum specs for State of Decay 2 aren't much lower than the recommended, but these older CPUs and GPUs will do the job when playing at lower resolutions. As we saw with Sea of Thieves though, I suspect you'll be able to get away with far less if you're willing to drop the resolution and graphics settings considerably.

One last thing to point out - as an Xbox Play Anywhere game, State of Decay 2 is exclusive to the Windows 10 Store. That means only those with Windows 10 will be able to play it, and of course, it'll be a UWP app. 

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the State of Decay 2 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the State of Decay 2 GPU benchmark chart and we also have a State of Decay 2 Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.