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Forspoken is getting a much needed PC demo

We were all surprised when Forspoken's PC system requirements were revealed earlier this month, calling for powerful GPUs like the RTX 3070 just to hit 30 frames per second. This has caused a lot of concern over the game's optimisation and PC performance. Fortunately, there will be a free demo available so you can try before you buy. 

Forspoken has already had one not-so-well-received demo on PS5 but we've yet to see the game running on PC. That will change later today, as the game officially releases digitally on PC platforms like Steam and the Epic Games Store. £64.99 is a pretty daunting price tag for an unproven IP that has already received mixed reviews, especially considering concerns over optimisation based on the game's high system requirements. To get around this, Square Enix will be making a demo available later today across Steam, the Epic Games Store and even the Microsoft Store.

As a reminder, here are the PC system requirements for Forspoken:

Minimum (720p/30FPS)

  • CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 1600 or Intel Core i7-3770
  • GPU – AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • RAM – 16GB

Recommended (1440p/30FPS)

  • CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or Intel Core i7-8700K
  • GPU – AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB or Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 8GB
  • RAM – 24GB

Ultra (4K/60FPS)

  • CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5800X or Intel Core i7-12700K
  • GPU – AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB or Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 16GB
  • RAM – 32GB

The game also requires 150GB of storage space and recommends SSD storage over HDD. On PC, the game will support Microsoft's DirectStorage technology to further improve SSD load times.

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KitGuru Says: Given that there will be a demo available, I'll be giving Forspoken a try but based on yesterday's reviews, it is unlikely I'll be picking up the full game until a decent sale comes around. 

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