The Last of Us Part I was a hit when it was released for the PlayStation 5 in September 2022, but how will the PC version fare when it’s finally made available at the end of March? We now know what the system requirements are, and by looking at the success the franchise has had to date, we can determine what to expect from its switch to PC gaming.
The Franchise So Far
The TV series by HBO Max has attracted large audiences, with over 8 million viewers in the US watching the premiere of the final episode in the first season.
Many game elements have been retained, such as the primary plot arc. Joel leads Ellie across the US 20 years after a cordyceps fungus caused a global pandemic. ExpressVPN’s blog piece reveals a variety of zombies, from ‘runners’ to ‘rat kings’, the most evolved of the infected.
The release of The Last of Us by Naughty Dog in 2013 as a video game started this franchise, and its massive popularity led to a Remastered version and the development of Part II. The Part I game was a remake of the 2013 original, with a series of enhancements improving the gameplay in areas such as combat.
The Last of Us: Escape the Dark is an upcoming tabletop game by Themeborne featured on Kickstarter and has gained over 9,700 backers at the time of writing, with an expected delivery date of November this year.
The PC Version Analyzed
With this version due to be released on March 28, the first attention-grabbing detail is that 100GB of SSD space is needed, even when the game is on a Minimum setting. That is quite high and could make playing difficult for some PC gamers. Apart from the Minimum setting, it can also be played on Recommended, Performance, and Ultra.
If you choose to play in on Minimum, you’ll need at least an AMD Ryzen 5 1 or Intel Core i7 CPU. RAM of 16GB and Windows 10 in at least the 64-bit version 1909 are other key requirements.
Several GPUs from the NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon ranges can be used at this level but expect the game to run slowly or produce glitches if you try to play it on a PC that doesn’t fully meet these requirements.
This game will be available for PC on Steam and the Epic Game Store. According to Naughty Dog, it’s largely based on the PlayStation game but with PC-specific features such as adjustable levels of Shadows, Texture Quality, and Reflections. The development team has also used the time since the PS5 release to fix some bugs and make general improvements.
The Last of Us has had major success in every format to date, it would be a major surprise if the PC version of Part I didn’t go the same way. Fans of the HBO show and previous games already know what to expect from this version of the fast-growing franchise.