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Borderlands 3’s Recently Revealed System Recommendations Will Make Budget Gamers Happy, Only a GTX 1060 Recommended For 1440p

Vault Hunters! Get Your Loot On

Borderlands is hands down one of the best co-op games ever made and the game plays on a tried and tested formula with whacky humor and intense action. Borderlands returns this September with its 3rd iteration delivering more of the same substance players have come to love. Borderlands games have always used this distinct art style known as cell shading which gives the game its quirky character, this also ensured the game runs well on weaker hardware. Borderlands 3 will also follow this trend and fans with older hardware will be pleased with Gearbox’s minimum and recommended PC specs.

MINIMUM SPECS 1080p Gaming

  • OS – Windows 7/8/10 (latest service pack)
  • Processor – AMD FX-8350 (Intel i5-3570)
  • Memory – 6GB RAM
  • Graphics card – AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB)
  • HDD – 75 GB

RECOMMENDED SPECS 1440P Gaming

  • OS – Windows 7/8/10 (latest service pack)
  • Processor – AMD Ryzen™ 5 2600 (Intel i7-4770)
  • Memory – 16GB RAM
  • Graphics card – AMD Radeon™ RX 590 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB)
  • HDD – 75 GB

The minimum specs on 1080P scream great optimization on Gearbox’s part and this was kind of expected given the game is made on the Unreal Engine, which is very well documented and widely used.

Recommended specs for 1440p are also generous and players will only need a GTX 1060 or better for a smooth experience on 1440p. Recommended specs for 4k isn’t listed but going by the specs for 1440p, anything above a GTX 1070 should do.

In-Game Options For PC Players

Once you’ve got your spec sorted, it’s time to tinker with the many graphics settings available in Borderlands 3. Here’s a complete list of the in-game visuals options on PC, so you can plan ahead for your ideal setup, adjusting everything from Vertical Sync and Field of View to Ambient Occlusion and Screen Space Reflections. With all these visual options at your disposal and the freedom to adjust them to your liking, your PC can deliver the best Borderlands 3 experience possible.

BASIC

General

Graphics API: DirectX 11, DirectX 12
Display: (varies by setup)
Display Mode: Full Screen, Windowed Borderless, Windowed
Resolution: (varies by setup)
Vertical Sync: Off, On
Resolution Scale: 50% – 200% in 25% increments
Limit Frame Rate: Smooth 22-62 FPS, Capped 30 FPS, Capped 50 FPS, Capped 60 FPS, Capped 72 FPS, Capped 120 FPS, Unlimited, Custom
Custom FPS Limit: default 90, minimum 15, maximum 300
Calibrate Display: Brightness and HDR
Calibrate Safe Area: Adjust the boundary of the UI
Field of View: default 90, minimum 70, maximum 110
Vehicle Field of View: default 90, minimum 70, maximum 110
HUD Scale: default 1, minimum 0.6, maximum 1.3

ADVANCED

Preferences

Display Stats: Off, FPS, All (FPS, CPU, GPU)
Anti Aliasing: None, FXAA, Temporal
FidelityFX Sharpening: Off, On
Camera Motion Blur: Off, On
Object Motion Blur:
 Off, On

General

Graphics Quality: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
Texture Streaming: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
Anisotropic Filtering: 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x
Material Quality: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
Shadows: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
Draw Distance: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
Environment Texture Detail: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
Environment Detail: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
Terrain Detail: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
Foliage Detail: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
Character Texture Detail: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
Character Detail: Low, Medium, High, Ultra
Ambient Occlusion:
 Low, Medium, High, Ultra
Volumetric Fog:
 Off, Medium, High, Ultra
Screen Space Reflections: Off, Medium, High, Ultra

Again, one of the big perks of playing on PC. You get a slew of Graphical Customization Options. None of the settings stand-out and is offered as standard on most PC games and were also present in previous Borderlands games.

About The Game

At the hard edge of the galaxy lies a group of planets ruthlessly exploited by militarized corporations. Brimming with loot and violence, this is your home—the Borderlands. Now, a crazed cult known as The Children of the Vault has emerged and is spreading like an interstellar plague. Play solo or co-op as one of four unique Vault Hunters, score loads of loot, and save the galaxy from this fanatical threat.

– Gearbox

Absolute MAYHEM! would be an apt description for the series and Gearbox has promised a more intense experience with Borderlands 3. Like previous games, you will get to play as one of the four new Vault Hunters in a 4-player Co-Op. This game will be set on multiple planets as Gearbox writes “Your Borderlands 3 adventure begins on the familiar desert planet of Pandora from previous Borderlands games, but your journey doesn’t stop there. You’ll also travel to other worlds aboard your very own spaceship, Sanctuary III—a backwater swampland, a futuristic city, and a picturesque monastery are among the new environments you can explore.” 

The game is launching on 13th September on all platforms (Windows, Xbox and Playstation). Although it is a timed exclusive on the Epic store on PC. You can preorder the game here.


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