If you just built or bought a powerful new PC, Battlefield 5 should run smoothly on your rig. On the flip side, if your rig’s hardware is getting old, there’s a chance your computer won’t meet Battlefield 5’s spec requirements.
When Battlefield 5 launches this fall it will do so on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. EA hasn’t confirmed a release on Nintendo Switch.
If you plan on buying the game on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you’ll probably bugs and performance problems, but the game will be playable. If you plan on buying Battlefield 5 for Windows PC, you’ll need to make sure your computer is capable of running the game.
If you own an older Windows PC there’s a chance the game won’t boot or, if it does, it’ll run so poorly you’ll probably want to think about returning it to the store.
Here’s everything we know so far about the Battlefield 5 PC specs and what you need to do before you pre-order a copy of the game.
Battlefield 5 PC Requirements
EA posted early Battlefield 5 PC requirements including recommended graphic cards from AMD and NVIDIA and required versions of Windows. They looked like this:
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
- Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350
- Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
- Memory: 8GB RAM
- Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
- Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
- DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
- Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
- Hard-drive space: 50GB
The company has since pulled the specs from its website and that’s because they weren’t official. They were a direct copy of Battlefield 1’s minimum specs. So if you see these floating around, ignore them.
That said, EA published a new set of minimum and recommended specs for the Battlefield 5 alpha. They’re a little different than the placeholders and worth noting as we push toward the Battlefield 5 open beta.
Battlefield 5 is still in development so we could see EA DICE make additional changes to the specs for the beta and the base version of the game, but these are the specs you should have on your radar as we approach the start of the beta in September.
Can My PC Run Battlefield 5?
Before you pre-order Battlefield 5 you’ll want to make sure your Windows PC meets the minimum requirements. There are a few ways to get this done.
The quickest way to track down your PC specs is via the System Information panel in Windows. Go to your Start Menu, select Run and type in msinfo32.
Compare your computer’s specs to the minimum and recommended specs for the Battlefield 5 alpha. If your specs are nowhere close to these, you should consider making some upgrades.
You can also use Can You Run It. Can You Run It provides a quick and easy way to figure out if your Windows PC can run Battlefield 5 if these are indeed the minimum specifications.
Head on over to the Battlefield 5 page and download a Desktop application. This app will help you figure out your specs and determine if your PC fits these early requirements.
We could see the specs change ahead of the official release, but these will help you properly gauge for the future. If your rig can’t properly run the Battlefield 5 alpha, it might not be able to run the full version of the game.
What If My PC Doesn’t Meet Requirements?
If your computer doesn’t meet the minimum requirements, count on terrible performance. In some cases, the game might not launch at all.
If you want the best Battlefield 5 on Windows PC, you’ll want to make sure your computer is outfitted with a good amount of RAM, a newer processor, and a solid graphics card.
Battlefield 5 will work on a machine using the recommended PC requirements, but you won’t be able to run it on the highest settings. You’ll almost certainly need to go into settings and tone everything down in order for it to be playable.
If your PC is on the threshold, you’ll want to try the Battlefield 5 beta when it arrives for Windows PC later this year. It’ll help you determine if you want, or need, to make some upgrades to your PC’s hardware.
The beta is set to arrive in September, but EA still hasn’t set a date.
Pre-Order if You Want to Play Battlefield 5 ASAP
If you want to play Battlefield 5 the second it goes live you'll want to pre-order a very specific copy of the game.
Pre-ordering the game's Deluxe Edition will grant you three days early access to the final version of the game in October.
Those who pre-order the regular version of the game ($60) will get access to Battlefield 5 on October 19th while those who pay a little bit more for the Deluxe Edition ($80) will get access to the game on October 16th.
If you want to play even earlier than that, you should think about getting an EA Access (Xbox) or Origin Access (PC) account.
The Battlefield 5 Play First Trial for EA Access and Origin Access members opens up on October 11th. Both require a paid subscription, but they'll give you the earliest access to the game.
If you think you might want to start ranking up your character the second Battlefield 5 goes live, think about putting in a pre-order.