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Something is wrong with the Hogwarts Legacy system requirements

A few months before the release of Hogwarts Legacy on February 10, 2023, the game’s Steam page already contains precise information on the required hardware. However, the additional notes are currently still causing confusion due to a small detail.

What detail is it? The commendably provided information on the exact resolution, FPS number and level of detail is followed by an addition to the setting of the upscaling process for both the minimum requirements and the recommended hardware. In principle, this is also welcome from our point of view, but in this case something cannot be quite right.

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The resolution specified in the requirements is relatively low with Full HD or 1920×1080 pixels. If upscaling is also used with such a resolution, the image threatens to become very blurred.

The reason: When upscaling, the game is rendered internally in a lower resolution to increase the FPS and then scaled back up to the desired target resolution as efficiently as possible. You can find out more about this in our articles on Nvidia’s DLSS variant and AMD’s FSR. At Intel, the counterpart is called XeSS. The new trailer shows what you can expect from Hogwarts Legacy in general:

Hogwarts Legacy: In the new gameplay from Gamescom we learn forbidden curses


Hogwarts Legacy: In the new gameplay from Gamescom we learn forbidden curses

If the video material itself is not enough for you, we recommend our detailed analysis of the scenes, which reveals many additional details. You can find them in the article Hogwarts Legacy: Our Potter experts uncover all the secrets of the trailers.

The hardware mentioned is too fast for upscaling in Full HD

Since Steam has not yet specified exactly which upscaling process is involved, it remains unclear which render resolution is to be assumed. However, the known values ​​of Nvidia’s DLSS can serve as a rough guide.

The actual resolution is the one specified in the minimum specifications performance setting of DLSS in Full HD only at 960×540 pixels. Come the stage quality from the recommended Hogwarts Legacy requirements for use on Steam are 1280×720 pixels.

In order to achieve 60 FPS in such resolutions with low or high details, the mentioned hardware sounds far too fast. This also applies in view of the atmospheric but certainly not outstanding look of the game based on Unreal Engine 4, as can be seen in the trailer above.

The exact details on Steam (as of August 28, 2022)

minimum requirements

  • Operating system: windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 8400 / AMD Ryzen 5 2600
  • Random access memory: 8.0 GB of RAM
  • Graphic card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 / AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
  • DirectX: version 12
  • Storage space: 85 GB
  • Additional comments: SSD (preferred), HDD (supported), 1080p/60 FPS, low quality settings, upscaling performance setting

Recommended information

  • Operating system: windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 8700K / AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Random access memory: 16.0 GB of RAM
  • Graphic card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
  • DirectX: version 12
  • Storage space: 85 GB
  • Additional comments: SSD, 1080p/60 FPS, high quality settings, upscaling quality settings

We expect a correction

Since the system requirements on Steam for Hogwarts Legacy are pretty accurate, it doesn’t seem to be just a hastily typed placeholder, although there is no information about it in the Epic Store so far. However, we assume that the Steam information will be adjusted again, at least with a view to the upscaling information.

We will also be contacting the developers to potentially shed some light on this without the Lumos spell. If you want to pass the time until the confusion is clarified, we recommend our podcast with YouTube legend Coldmirror on the game:

Link to podcast content

If you would rather have more reading material on the subject instead, you are welcome to our exciting report with the title Hogwarts Legacy: What trans people think of the game and JK Rowling exactly at the right address.


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