Sea of Thieves System Requirements

PC Gamer now offers system requirements for Sea of Thieves, Rare's upcoming seafaring RPG. These range from below minimum to above maximum (or something like that), resulting in six different specifications. These are presented in a honking big infographic, so we ran it through the wayback machine to create a text version:

540p@30fps
(iGPU Below Min Spec)
720p@30fps
(Minimum)
1080p@30fps 1080p@60fps
(Recommended)
4k@30fps 4k@60fps
(Extreme)
OS Windows 10
Anniversary (1607*)
Windows 10
Anniversary (1607*)
Windows 10
Anniversary (1607*)
Windows 10
Anniversary (1607*)
Windows 10
Anniversary (1607*)
Windows 10
Anniversary (1607*)
CPU Intel Iris Pro
Graphics 6200 or
Intel Iris 540
Intel Q9450@2.6GHz
or AMD Phenom II
X6@3.3GHz
Intel i3 4170@3.7GHz
or AMD FX-6300
@3.5GHz
Intel i5 4690@3.5GHz
or AMD FX-8150
@3.6GHz
Intel i5 4690@3.5GHz
or AMD FX-8150
@3.6GHz
Intel i7 4790@4GHz
or AMD Ryzen 5 1600
@3.6GHz
RAM 4GB 4GB 8GB 8GB 16GB 16GB
DIRECT X 11 11 11 11 11 11
VRAM 1GB 1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB 8GB
GPU Integrated Nvidia GeForce GTX 650
or AMD Radeon 7750
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
or AMD Radeon R9 270
Nvidia GeForce GTX 770
or AMD Radeon R9 380x
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980Ti
or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti
or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
MODERN GPU Integrated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1030
or AMD Radeon R7 450
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti
or AMD Radeon RX 460
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
or AMD Radeon RX 470
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti
or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
HDD 60 GB 5.4k rpm 60 GB 5.4k rpm 60 GB 7.2k rpm 60 GB 7.2k rpm 60 GB SSD 60 GB SSD
GRAPHICS SETTINGS Minimum "Cursed" Low ("Common") Medium ("Rare") Medium ("Rare") Ultra ("Mythical") Ultra ("Mythical")
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 14, 2018, 10:37
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 14, 2018, 10:37
Feb 14, 2018, 10:37
 
I don't like exclusives period, no matter which store or brand of hardware it's exclusive with, even if it's one I use often.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 14, 2018, 10:26
Verno
 
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 14, 2018, 10:26
Feb 14, 2018, 10:26
 Verno
 
Microsoft Store, yeah no thanks.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 14, 2018, 09:26
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 14, 2018, 09:26
Feb 14, 2018, 09:26
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 16:22:
TheEmissary wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 13:38:
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:22:
That's a nice grid to lay it all out.

540P though? That's a number born from, who the hell knows.


Laptops especially on the low to med end of the spectrum still use resolutions like 1366 vs 768. That resolution might be closer to 720p than 540p but we are forgetting about the sad state the integrated graphics are in. Factor in Interlacing also who knows.

Take a look at the benchmarks for the iGPU they recommend for 540p.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Iris-Graphics-540.149939.0.html

Right 768 and 720, we get those. That said, there was some good posts thereafter explaining why this could be. Still odd, can't say I've seen a 540P performance option/baseline before.

Yeah, it's not that anyone wants that, it's just demonstrating you CAN play this on an laptop with integrated video. No one should want that, but if you have one of those, it can be nice to know you can play this game. Albeit super low detail, 30fps, with a very undesirable resolution, but it's possible.

For people who have a primary pc and occasionally travel with a shitty laptop, that can be good. For people in college who game and have a roommate who is interested but owns a shitty laptop, that can be good. Kind of reminds me of how I used to play Delta Force against friends with shitty laptops in college. Man, the ridiculous advantage resolution gave me - they had to use binoculars to find people to snipe, I just had to look for wiggling pixels.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 14, 2018, 00:42
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 14, 2018, 00:42
Feb 14, 2018, 00:42
 
540p is of the 1080p 4k 8k lineage

8k has 4x the pixels as 4k
4k has 4x the pixels as 1080p
1080p has 4x the pixels as 540p

The 4x is due to doubling of both dimensions.

Some other lineages:
400x300 x4 = 800x600 x4 = 1600x1200
1280x720 x4 = 2560x1440 x4 = 5120x2880
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 21:23
Tom
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 21:23
Feb 13, 2018, 21:23
Tom
 
Naming their integrated graphics setting "Cursed" almost makes up for the Windows Store exclusive crap ... almost.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 18:45
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 18:45
Feb 13, 2018, 18:45
 
Peter M. Smith wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 12:16:
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:22:
That's a nice grid to lay it all out.

540P though? That's a number born from, who the hell knows.

I like the grid. As for the 540p, did somebody slice a 1080p in half?
It's actually one quarter of 1080p. Aptly named quarterHD (qHD). It's commonly used as the next step down after 720p in both videos and game rendering, so it's not too weird to see it here.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 16:22
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 16:22
Feb 13, 2018, 16:22
 
TheEmissary wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 13:38:
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:22:
That's a nice grid to lay it all out.

540P though? That's a number born from, who the hell knows.


Laptops especially on the low to med end of the spectrum still use resolutions like 1366 vs 768. That resolution might be closer to 720p than 540p but we are forgetting about the sad state the integrated graphics are in. Factor in Interlacing also who knows.

Take a look at the benchmarks for the iGPU they recommend for 540p.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Iris-Graphics-540.149939.0.html

Right 768 and 720, we get those. That said, there was some good posts thereafter explaining why this could be. Still odd, can't say I've seen a 540P performance option/baseline before.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 13:38
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 13:38
Feb 13, 2018, 13:38
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:22:
That's a nice grid to lay it all out.

540P though? That's a number born from, who the hell knows.


Laptops especially on the low to med end of the spectrum still use resolutions like 1366 vs 768. That resolution might be closer to 720p than 540p but we are forgetting about the sad state the integrated graphics are in. Factor in Interlacing also who knows.

Take a look at the benchmarks for the iGPU they recommend for 540p.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Iris-Graphics-540.149939.0.html

This comment was edited on Feb 13, 2018, 15:14.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 13:27
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 13:27
Feb 13, 2018, 13:27
 
its because you pretty much have to use windows apps in a window or borderless window so you can scale to odd sizes really easy with windows apps allowing you to play games on laptops and stuff pretty easy.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 13:21
Kxmode
 
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 13:21
Feb 13, 2018, 13:21
 Kxmode
 
FYI, this table and the embedded video makes the BN's homepage looks messy.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 13:14
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 13:14
Feb 13, 2018, 13:14
 
This is the amount of info every dev/publisher needs to give when announcing system requirements.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 12:18
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 12:18
Feb 13, 2018, 12:18
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:22:
That's a nice grid to lay it all out.

540P though? That's a number born from, who the hell knows.

I'm guessing the game has one of those "under-render over-render" things where you can have the game render higher or lower and scale to your resolution, and the low setting is 0.5.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 12:16
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 12:16
Feb 13, 2018, 12:16
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 11:22:
That's a nice grid to lay it all out.

540P though? That's a number born from, who the hell knows.

I like the grid. As for the 540p, did somebody slice a 1080p in half?
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 11:22
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 11:22
Feb 13, 2018, 11:22
 
That's a nice grid to lay it all out.

540P though? That's a number born from, who the hell knows.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 11:21
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 11:21
Feb 13, 2018, 11:21
 
there no way i am playing this in the windows store exlusive bull shit
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 11:18
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 11:18
Feb 13, 2018, 11:18
 
60GB? Wth?
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 11:10
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 11:10
Feb 13, 2018, 11:10
 
YourNick wrote on Feb 13, 2018, 10:31:
So a GTX 1080 would be 4k@45fps?

Maybe. Maybe more. My midrange 2015/2016 i6600 with the room-heating 390x ran it at 1440p maxed out just fine, not sure what frame rate but it felt more than adequate for drunken pirate antics.

It's been a good 8 years or so since I last had to share my xbox username, but if anyone here wants to get nautical I am all for it!
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 11:05
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 11:05
Feb 13, 2018, 11:05
 
We had a lot of laughs trying out the beta a few weeks ago. Was pleasantly surprised. The game at Ultra was really beautiful too, especially the water. Still not sure how it will hold up long term but we had enough fun pirating around we may actually pick it up.
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 10:41
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 10:41
Feb 13, 2018, 10:41
 
I loved this. Simple yet fun. Can just hop right in and screw around. The water effects are beautiful. If only I had friends... lol
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements
Feb 13, 2018, 10:31
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Re: Sea of Thieves System Requirements Feb 13, 2018, 10:31
Feb 13, 2018, 10:31
 
So a GTX 1080 would be 4k@45fps?
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