The Last of Us Part 1 joins Forspoken and Hogwarts Legacy as one of the most demanding PC games launched in 2023
The Last of Us Part 1 will be playable on PCs worldwide via Steam and the Epic Games Store on March 28. Even AMD jumped on the hype train by throwing in a free copy of the game with every Radeon RX 6000 and 7000 graphics card sold. However, as confirmed by Naughty Dog's official blog post, one will need some beefy hardware to play the game with maximum visual fidelity.
For a PS4-esque 720p, 30 FPS experience, gamers need an AMD Ryzen 5 1500X/Intel Core i7-4770K, Radeon RX 470/GTX 970, and 16 GB RAM. While this is good news for those running older hardware, the experience will come at the cost of visual fidelity, which is the whole point of the next-gen remake. Unfortunately, the requirements for The Last of Us Part 1 keep getting steeper with the resolution.
An Intel Core i7-8700/AMD Ryzen 7 3600X plus Radeon RX 6600 XT/GeForce RTX 2070 Super plus 16 GB RAM is enough for a 1080p 60 FPS The Last of Us Part 1 experience with the High preset. Bumping it up to 1440p required an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X/Intel Core i7-9700K, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti/Radeon RX 6750 XT and a whopping 32 GB of RAM.
Finally, for everything maxed out at 4K (Ultra preset), Naughty Dog recommends an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X/Intel Core i5-12600K, GeForce RTX 4080/Radeon RX 7900 XT (with FSR quality). The last part is essential because AMD graphics cards will likely be unable to meet performance targets without AI-upscaling.
As is the case with most modern-day AAA games, The Last of Us Part 1 requires 100 gigabytes of hard drive space. Other PC-specific features include support for 21:9 and 32:9 ultrawide aspect ratios, FSR 2.2/DLSS, DualSense and DualShock 4 compatibility, and full access to the Left Behind DLC that explores Ellie's origin story.