EA has announced an Alpha test for BioWare's Anthem, revealing a new sign-up page for those interested in participating. You can sign up to the Anthem Alpha here. The Anthem Alpha test will run over December 8th and 9th. The news has also been joined by the preliminary minimum system specs for Anthem on PC.
Anthem Minimum System Requirements (Preliminary)
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz
- RAM: 8 GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
- GPU: GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 390
- DX: DirectX 12
- HDD: 60 GB Available Hard Drive Space
Okay, so the key thing to bear in mind in these are preliminary system requirements for Anthem and could be subject to change. BioWare's morning is also a little ambiguous, saying "In order to run the build, using a PC with the following specifications is strongly recommended". We're going to operate under the assumption these are the minimum specs rather than the recommended though, as we don't believe Anthem will be less demand than Mass Effect Andromeda. These system requirements for Anthem could go up or down depending on the performance optimisation and/or graphical tweaks between now and the February 22nd launch. Taking another EA beta as an example though, Battlefield V's system specs didn't change a huge deal from Alpha to launch.
In terms of what we have though, Anthem is currently looking like a very demanding experience, particularly in terms of the GPUs. The GeForce GTX 970 and the Radeon R9 390 are often the recommended graphics cards for a lot of games, but in the Anthem closed alpha they slot in as the minimum spec. Anthem could be quite VRAM hungry so a 4GB video card is looking a must. It means the recommended GPUs are likely to be in the region of the GeForce GTx 1070 and the Radeon RX Vega 56.
Fortunately, the rest of the Anthem system requirements are a little more forgiving. A decent but old quad-core processor should do the trick, paired with 8GB system memory and 60GB hard drive storage. These are all pretty par for the course these days.
One slight oddity is the Windows 10 requirement. It seems highly unlikely Anthem isn't compatible with Windows 7 but who knows, it may ultimately end up a DirectX 12 exclusive.
As always, you can check out how well your PC can run Anthem System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to Anthem GPU benchmark chart and we also have an Anthem Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check out.