Ensuring Your Computer Meets a Game’s Technical Specifications: A Guide

Not everyone is able to enhance their gaming setups with the most recent GPUs and additional RAM to optimize game performance to the maximum. Perhaps you simply want to ascertain if your current PC is capable of handling the latest game title that has piqued your interest.



Time Required

15 minutes

What You Require

  • A Personal Computer or laptop

In this scenario, discovering such details is usually quite straightforward. Games commonly provide information on suggested specifications so that players can compare their own specs and determine if they meet the requirements or not. While the recommended specs may not allow for maximum resolution or showcase the full potential of a gaming PC, they ought to be sufficient for gameplay and provide an enjoyable experience. Here’s how to locate those system requirements and assess your PC’s capabilities.

How to determine if your PC meets a game’s system requirements

Step 1: Search for the game you wish to play, along with a phrase such as “PC specification recommendations.” Game developers typically provide these recommendations on their official sites, Steam, and other outlets, so the results should be readily available.

For instance, here are the official Overwatch 2 system requirements as published by Blizzard. Once you have identified the official recommendations, bookmark the webpage or capture a screenshot for comparison.

Overwatch 2 System Requirements.

Step 2: Keep in mind that many games, like Overwatch 2, outline both minimum requirements and recommended specifications. Minimum requirements will suffice, though you may need to lower graphics settings and accept that performance may not always be optimal. Recommended specs offer a superior benchmark for a satisfying gaming experience – yet you may need to adjust game settings accordingly.

Step 3: Now it’s time to identify your current PC specifications. Log into your PC if necessary and press the Ctrl + Shift + Escape keys to access Task Manager. Alternatively, you can search for “task manager” in the search bar and select it.

Step 4: If needed, select More details in the Task Manager.

Step 5: Locate the Performance tab in the new window.

Task Manager CPU information.

Step 6: In the performance window on the left, you will find sections for CPU, Memory, Disk, GPU, and more. For each section, you can review current performance and – crucially – the exact specifications of your PC.

Step 7: Review each section and compare your specs to the game’s requirements. Specifications do not always need to match precisely: where necessary, compare factors such as core count, GPU memory, and other key features. If your PC meets or surpasses these critical details, then playing the game should not be a concern. Don’t forget to assess disk space availability to ensure you have enough room for game downloads.

Task Manager GPU section.

Step 8: If Task Manager is unavailable, search for the “about” section of your computer. This area typically reveals details about the PC’s original components, which may provide an initial indication of compatibility with recommended specifications.

Step 9: In the case of an aftermarket GPU, consider checking the GPU manufacturer’s recommendations for specific games. They often provide guidance, especially for popular titles. For example, Nvidia offers its own page with recommendations for Overwatch.

Nvidia Overwatch 2 recommendations page.

Are automatic checkers reliable?

Some tools are designed to automatically assess a computer’s ability to handle particular games. One such tool is System Requirements Lab, where you can look up the latest games. However, these tools may struggle to accurately interpret a computer’s specifications. This often leads to inaccurate assessments, underscoring the importance of manually verifying your PC’s capabilities. Once you are aware of them, you can always refer back as needed.

Bella Anderson

Bella is a tech enthusiast turned journalist, passionate about decoding complex innovations into understandable insights.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button