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Alan Wake 2 PC System Requirements Lowered

Remedy has lowered the Alan Wake 2 PC System Requirements recently. The unexpected change arrived as part of the game’s latest patch that Alan Wake 2 players can download as of March 6.

Alan Wake 2 PC System Requirements Lowered
Alan Wake 2 PC System Requirements Lowered

Alan Wake 2 PC System Requirements Changed

Alan Wake 2 made it’s launch last year and PC version has some issues while running in some systems. The original PC system requirements for Alan Wake 2 mandated the use of nothing less powerful than the GeForce RTX 2060 or Radeon RX 6600.

Remedy’s survival horror wasn’t the first title not to support Nvidia’s GTX 1000 and AMD’s Radeon RX 5000 series, with Nacon’s ARPG Steelrising already doing the same a full year earlier. But it is still not common to see 2019 GPUs like the GeForce RTX 2060 being listed under minimum system requirements for new PC releases.

Generally lowering PC requirements post release is quite rare. But Remedy did that rare thing. Specifically, its revised minimum system requirements list the GeForce GTX 1070 and Radeon RX 5600 XT, which are one generation older than the previously mandated graphics cards. The developer attributed this surprising change to its recent PC optimization efforts. Those improvements were bundled into a new Alan Wake 2 update that just became available for download.

While the act of lowering the game’s minimum system requirements is a fairly notable change, this move arrived as part of a patch designated as merely a minor release. Specifically, the latest PC build of the game is identified by version number, a designation suggesting it only includes small tweaks relative to Alan Wake 2 update 1.0.16, which rolled out in early February.

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Alan Wake 2 PC System Requirements Lowered

Remedy has find a different way to render Alan Wake 2 without relying on mesh shaders. The full extent of the game’s reliance on mesh shaders prior to this patch is unclear, but in theory, these general purpose shaders can handle a wide variety of tasks, ranging from actual graphics rendering to physics simulations.

The lowered minimum system requirements will be far from the last change to Remedy’s survival horror that’s set to debut in 2024; the Finnish developer has already announced two major expansions for the game that will be coming before the end of the year. The company is also planning to add a photo mode to Alan Wake 2 come spring.

Alan Wake 2 Update Patch Notes

  • PC only.
  • Optimized rendering for GPU’s that don’t support mesh shaders. As a result, lowered minimum GPU requirements to GeForce GTX 1070 / Radeon RX 5600 XT.

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I've been playing Survival Horror Games since my childhood. My favorite is Resident Evil. I also love other game genres such as Hack & Slash. I love creating all kind of contents for video games.

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