An already hotly contested genre, things are about to get even more heated for MOBAs throughout 2016 with Paragon. This time it's Unreal creator Epic strutting into the ring, bringing all its graphical panache to a type of game a little light on visual powerhouses.

The familiar MOBA gameplay returns for Paragon, but the third-person action viewpoint and direct controls strays away from the strategy trappings of DOTA et al. The surprising thing is that Paragon is out right now, meaning you get busy and play the Early Access Season in the time it takes you to download. The only snag is you'll need to grab the Founder's Pack first. Before laying down that cash though, compare your rig to the Paragon system requirements to ensure you can run it.   

Paragon Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz or AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 6870

Paragon Recommended System Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3340S 2.8 GHz or AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870

One of the chief targets for just about any MOBA is to keep the system requirements incredibly low. This means basically no one is priced out of playing the likes of League of Legends, DOTA 2 or Heroes of the Storm. Paragon, being an Epic game, is a little different. Fortunately Epic hasn't gone too far in the other direction, so these Paragon requirements are still very reasonable compared to most AAA titles, but they are still a major step up from the usual MOBA fare.

Down at the lower end, and across the whole game in general, Paragon looks to be heavily CPU-dependent. A 2.5 GHz Core i5 or its AMD equivalent is a must. The rest of Paragon's demands aren't quite as lofty, but the minimum GTX 460 or Radeon HD 6870 are certainly a step up for those raised on DOTA.

If you are targeting recommended specs in Paragon then fortunately these aren't too much of a jump up either. The hardware here is 3-4 years old and most PC gaming enthusiasts should have little worry matching this. Epic have always been, to put it bluntly, graphics whores, but both the GTX 660 and the Radeon HD 7870 are very much down at the lower end of the scale by today's standards. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Paragon Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Paragon GPU benchmark chart.