One of the most frequently asked questions are about the Star Citizen system requirements. Because the game is aiming for the high-end PC market you probably need a high-end PC when the game releases. You don’t need a PC from outer space, but a next generation video card, a good amount of RAM and a decent CPU are likely going to be needed.
I can’t give you the exact PC specifications for a game that’s not released yet. Fortunately I can share some insights in what system configuration you need to play Star Citizen Alpha 2.6.
Minimal requirements to play Star Citizen
In general the advice is to have at least 16GB of ram and a quad core CPU as 8GB doesn’t really perform well anymore in my experience. Robert space industries recommends the following PC system requirements:
- Operating System : Windows 7 service pack 1 (64 bit) or Windows 8 (64 bit)
- Processor: Quad core CPU.
- RAM: 8GB Memory.
- GPU (Graphics Card): DirectX 11 graphics card with at least 1GB Video RAM
I recently bought a new GPU but was also able to play the game with the this configuration:
- AMD Vishera FX-8320
- ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
- Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB DDR3-1600
- SSD Samsung 840 Evo 250GB,
- AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB (!)
My bottleneck obviously was my outdated GPU which I replaced with an MSI Radeon RX 480 8G. My PC’s performance in Star Citizen got a huge boost after I upgrade the GPU. I must also note that I play at 1080P as my monitor is an Asus MG248Q (which is gorgeous in my opinion). If you want to go beyond that you need to bring out the big guns, prepare your wallet.
Recommended PC requirements
To run the game smoothly in Arena Commander and Star Marine need the following specs.
- Operating system: Windows 7 (service pack 1)/8 or 10 – (64bit).
- Processor: Quad core CPU. Preferably a more recent Intel I5 or I7.
- RAM: 16GB memory but more wouldn’t hurt either.
- GPU (Graphics Card): AMD A10-7700K, AMD Radeon HD 7990, GeForce GTX 780 or something similar (4GB VRAM recommended). The latest AMD card like the 480X (up to 1080p) or the recent new GeForce GTX 1080 by Nvidia
- SSD with 200GB storage.
Persistent Universe frame rate issues (Crusader)
One thing you need to know is that the current performance in the Persistent Universe is bad for everyone. The main problem right now is the that server network code is causing performance issues. No matter how good your system specifications are, you’ll have frame rate issues and experience frame rate drops when you enter Star Citizen multiplayer. The single player mode however is pretty smooth and when Alpha 3.0 arrives many frame rate issues will be fixed for the online experience.
Optimizing your current system to increase performance
There are a few tricks to increase your current systems performance. One of them is creating a custom configuration file. The user.cfg can be found in your Star Citizen installation folder: \Cloud Imperium Games\StarCitizen\Public. You can choose to backup your current user.cfg however the game will automatically create a new one when you remove it. Below are some presets that might help you get better performance.
Basic guide for new and aspiring Star Citizens. Covers account creation, flight controls, keybindings, your first flight and Star Marine.
Ways to earn Star Citizen game credits like UEC, REC and aUEC.