The minimum and recommended system requirements for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, explained.
Can your PC run PUBG? That question is easy to answer, and the good news is PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has surprisingly humble PC system requirements, at least for minimum performance. But what are the PUBG system requirements for playing at 60 fps? What kind of CPU and graphics card do you need to ensure the smooth performance you'll need to bag those chicken dinners? We can help you figure that out.
Below, you'll find the minimum PUBG system requirements as well as our own recommended system specs. If you really want to dial in your performance, check out our guide to the best PUBG settings for tips on optimizing your framerate. You can also watch our performance analysis to see benchmarks of Battlegrounds across all sorts of hardware.
PUBG minimum system requirements
Here's what you need to run PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on your PC, according to developer Bluehole:
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 30 GB available space
Let's dig into those specs a bit. The Intel Core i3-4340 is a dual-core CPU from 2013, running at 3.6GHz. That means Battlegrounds can run on a lower-end CPU without four cores, at least for bare minimum performance. But our detailed performance analysis showed us that PUBG can actually be quite CPU limited, so this really is a minimum requirement.
That graphics requirement is similarly basic: the GTX 660 was released in 2012, and is hardly a powerful graphics card for modern games. Even at minimum settings, you may struggle to run Battlegrounds at 30 fps.
Finally, PUBG's actual initial install size is around 7GB, so that 30GB available space requirement assures you still have some free space on your hard drive even after installing Battlegrounds.
PUBG recommended system requirements
Minimum settings are never the ideal way to play a game, and PUBG is no exception. Here's the kind of hardware we'd actually recommend playing Battlegrounds on.
OS: 64-bit Windows 10
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5-1600 / Intel Core i5-7600K
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB or better
While PUBG will run just fine on Windows 7, at this point it's an old OS no longer being updated. Windows 10 isn't perfect, but it offers better performance and fixes most of Windows 8's missteps.
More importantly, a CPU like AMD's Ryzen 5 or Intel's latest Core i5 will be key in hitting 60 fps in Battlegrounds. These are strong midrange bang-for-your-buck CPUs, and more importantly, they're fast. As we wrote in our performance analysis: "It's pretty clear that the most important thing with your CPU will be raw clockspeed, provided that you have at least four physical CPU cores… Meanwhile the 2-core/4-thread Core i3 part struggles, particularly on minimum fps. Of course, most of these CPU limitations are only visible with an ultra-fast graphics card."
A dual-core CPU having trouble with minimum framerates means that in its most demanding moments, you'll see more of a performance dip than you would with a quad-core CPU. But the key is having a high clockspeed, which you can get from most new CPUs, or overclocking one that's a few generations old.
Now for the graphics card. What will it take to run Battlegrounds at 60 fps or better at 1080p? According to our performance analysis, the 1060 6GB is powerful enough to run PUBG at an average 60 fps at 1080p Ultra settings, while dropping as low as 44 fps in its most intense moments. At 1080p medium, though, it averages 90 fps and should never drop below 60.
The previous-generation GTX 970 performs almost as well as a GTX 1060, but if you're shooting for 60 fps with a more entry level graphics card, expect to drop the settings down to low to achieve that framerate. Since PUBG is still in development, performance will probably continue to improve; currently, even a 1080 Ti can't run Battlegrounds at a perfectly consistent framerate at ultra settings, and nothing can hit 144 fps. That makes the 1060 6GB a great value for your dollar.
One thing we wouldn't recommend, at least not with the current drivers and performance, is buying an AMD card for PUBG. Not that any of the AMD RX cards are affordable right now (thanks to the cryptocurrency craze), but even the GTX 970 beats RX 480 8GB in our testing. If you have an AMD card already, note that minimum fps suffers on cards with less than 8GB VRAM, and even at medium quality most cards were unable to maintain a consistent 60 fps.
Future system requirements
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is still in Early Access, which means you should expect its performance and system requirements to shift as new updates arrive. We'll keep an eye on performance and update this post with any changes.