UPDATE: It's all change for Control's system requirements. Once the most demanding game in existence on PC, developer Remedy has made some sweeping changes to the PC specs. Good, because there were barely any people that could run it last time.

Naturally, this quickly prompted suggestions that Remedy had downgraded Control's visuals in order to ensure parity with the console version. Thomas Puha, head of communications at Remedy has confirmed: "No, it's not downgraded." Lovely stuff.

Control Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 3 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 280X
  • For Ray Tracing: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: TBA available space

Control Recommended System Requirements 

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 11 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 580
  • For Ray Tracing: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: TBA available space

As you can tell when comparing these specs to the original ones below, Remedy has brought these system requirements for Control right down to more reasonable levels. Enabling ray-tracing will obviously be a very demanding graphics option but those with lower-end systems do now have a much chance of running the game. The minimum spec GPUs have become the recommended graphics cards for Control, while the CPU requirements have also been lowered. 

There's no reason given for this huge change in specs, although we'd presume the official requirements were ahead of optimisation and also may have been targeting higher resolutions. It seems safe to assume these specs are targeted at PC players hoping to play Control at 1080p screen resolution.

Original Story: 16-Jul-2019 - Control PC system requirements are the most demanding ever

Ready your wallets and prepare your upgrades - the system requirements for Control are here. Remedy Entertainment's visually stunning third-person shooter promises to feature every graphical trick under the sun, including extensive ray-tracing support. Control looks as if it's going to push the envelope in terms of both graphical fidelity and PC gaming hardware demands.

Control Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB
  • Ray Tracing: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: TBA available space

Control Recommended System Requirements 

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8600 3.6 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 11 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or AMD Radeon Vega VII
  • Ray Tracing: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: TBA available space

We have a handy page here on GD which tracks the most demanding games on PC based on their system requirements. We collate all of the data and it automatically assigns a ranking based on the specs. And, Remedy's Control slots in at the number 1 spot comfortably. As it stands, Control is the most demanding game in existence on PC.

Control requires at least a Radeon VII 16GB or GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to meet recommended requirements running on High graphics setting. This hardware should achieve 60FPS. For your PC to completely meet the recommended requirements you will also need 16 GB system memory. Another thing to consider is the DirectX capability of your GPU. Control needs a GPU capable of running DirectX 12.

if you want to enjoy the real-time ray-traced lighting effects found in Control then you'll also need a GeForce RTX 20 series graphics card. The minimum-spec ray-tracing GPU is the GeForce RTX 2060, while the RTX 2080 is good to go for recommended. In terms of the Super cards, the RTX 2060 Super sits in between the min and recommended specs, the RTX 2070 Super meets the recommended, and the RTX 2080 Super will exceed the recommended requirements for Control.

Even the minimum specs are eye-catching though. To the best of my knowledge, we've never really seen a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or Radeon RX 580 become the minimum required graphics cards. According to Nvidia's own data, this means around 80-90% of PC gamers won't reach the minimum GPU requirements for Control.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the Control System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Control GPU benchmark chart and we also have a Control Per Second system performance chart for you to check.