SOE has released the minimum and required specs for the EverQuest Next Landmark alpha, and they've left a number of gamers saying, "Ouch!" Unless you've made some upgrades, your 4 or 5 year old system may not have what it takes to efficiently run Landmark, which is not yet optimized for prime time. System specs aside, a 10Mbit/ sec or higher broadband requirement will leave many with slower DSL and satellite service providers wondering whether their connection will choke under the pressure.
UPDATE: SOE increased the processor requirement for Landmark alpha but decreased the Internet connection speed requirement. Changes are noted below in red. [January 29, 2014]
Here's what SOE recommends:
As we prepare for the beginning of EQN Landmark Alpha, we would like to share the initial system requirements. Please note that these are our initial pre-Alpha requirements. We will be performing optimizations throughout our testing period and hope to lower these requirements over time.
Minimum System Requirements:
OS – Windows 7 64 bitProcessor – Intel i5 Quad Core or higher / AMD Phenom II X4 or higherMemory – 4GB RAMHard Drive – 20GB FreeVideo Memory – 1,024 MB RAMVideo Card – nVidia GeForce GTX 275 series or higher / AMD HD 4890 or higherSound Card – DirectX compatibleInternet – Broadband (3Mbit/sec or higher)
Recommended System Requirements:
OS – Windows 7 64 bitProcessor – Intel i5 Quad Core or higher / AMD Phenom II X6 or higherMemory – 8GB RAMHard Drive – 20GB FreeVideo Memory – 1,024 MB RAMVideo Card – nVidia GeForce GTX 560 series or higher / AMD HD 6870 or higherSound Card – DirectX compatibleInternet – Broadband (10Mbit/sec or higher)
Please be aware that throughout Alpha, we will continue to make adjustments and optimize system performance. As such, throughout Alpha (and Beta), these system requirements are subject to change.
Note: If you have purchased a Founder’s Pack and feel that your computer will be unable to run the game, you may contact our customer service department and we will issue you a full refund for your purchase. Click here for more info.
If you're serious about playing alpha, then it's time to upgrade that RAM, get a new video card, and make some space on your hard drive. If that's not an option, it looks as though waiting for closed or open beta, when an optimized client will likely lower these requirements, is your next best bet.
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