I noticed a rumor about this on Reddit earlier, and wondered if it might be someone trolling, but no: The minimum requirements to play Assassin's Creed Unity on a PC are indeed going to cost a lot of PC owners a pile of cash paid in upgrades to play. The full list is below.
It's mostly the required GPU spec that has heads turning: an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970. That's the sort of thing you'd normally see (still, these days) listed as the recommended power level. Last year's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, by comparison, only required a GTX 260 and HD 4870, and even the recommended GPUs were a mere GTX 470 and HD 5850.
To play with everything turned up in Unity, Ubisoft's recommending a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X. Those cards aren't first-timers in the recommended box; it's the relative narrowness of the gap between minimum and recommended that's unusual here. Ubisoft says it's only supporting the GTX 680 or better, GTX 700 series, AMD Radeon HD 7970 or better and the Radeon R9 series. The company notes "Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT officially supported."
I'm not surprised. Ubisoft can't even get the game running at 1080p on Sony's PlayStation 4 (it'll be 900p on both current-gen consoles), so expecting the PC minimum specs to register at current averages was probably wishful thinking.
The upside, if you have the horsepower to make it happen, is that PC owners stand to have the best experience possible, since there's no resolution ceiling on the PC version of the game.
If you want a reminder why the game's putting crazy wrestling moves on your hardware (and wallet), here's the latest "experience" trailer, highlighting Ubisoft's open-world rendition of 18th century Paris.
- 64-bit Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8/8.1
- Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz, AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.0 GHz
- 6 GB RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB VRAM)
- DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers
- 50GB storage space
- Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse required, optional controller
- 256 Kbps or faster broadband connection
- Intel Core I7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better
- 8 GB RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X (3 GB VRAM)