Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Has New System Requirements On PC

By Ishaan . December 16, 2014 . 5:30pm

On December 18th, Konami will release Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for PC. Ahead of its release, the publisher released system requirements for the game last month. However, the requirements listed on Ground Zeroes’ Steam page are now different from the previous listing. Below is a comparison of the two:


Category Min. Requirements (Old) Min. Requirements (New)
OS Windows Vista 64-Bit or later Windows Vista SP2 x64, Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64 (64-bit OS Required)
Processor Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above Core i5-4460 (3.40GHz) or better
*Quad-Core or better
Memory 4 GB RAM or above 4 GB RAM
Graphics GeForce GTX 650 or above NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 (4GB) or better (DirectX 11 graphics card required)
Direct X Version 11 or above Version 11
HDD N/A 4 GB available space


Category Rec. Requirements (Old) Rec. Requirements (New)
OS Windows Vista 64-Bit or later Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64 (64-bit OS Required)
Processor Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above Core i7-4790 (4.00GHz) or better *Quad-Core or better
Memory 8 GB RAM or above 8 GB RAM
Graphics GeForce GTX 760 or above NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (DirectX 11 graphics card required)
Direct X Version 11 or above Version 11
HDD N/A 4 GB available space


The difference here is the increased Processor requirement. The previous set of minimum requirements mentioned a Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core, whereas the new set mention a Core 15-4460.  Meanwhile, the recommended requirements previously mentioned a Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core as well, while they now mention a Core i7-4790 processor.

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  • IndigoRift

    And this marks the first time that I’ve ever seen this CPU as a recommended requirement. I got the 4790K so I should be good if I get this game. I just wish I could finish playing the rest of the series first, but my PS3 died. Incredibly annoying.

    • sidspacewalker

      I think The Evil Within had such a requirement as well but it ran like turd anyways. From what I hear now is that they’ve fixed all that shite.

      • IndigoRift

        Oh yeah, you’re right. Forgot about that game. I might have to look into that game if it supposedly runs better now.

  • Kaitou21

    Whoa there…. I can still handle this game but them spec upgrades, I wasn’t prepared for all this……

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Those requirements are somewhat high.Is it really going to look that much better than the PS4 version?

    • Letrico

      Highest texture, improved lighting, anti aliasing and post processing. It will need more juice to run it beautifully.

    • Odin

      There’s more stuff than the PS4 version. And at this point if you don’t have at least a 680, you aren’t ready for next gen gaming. It’s a 2 year old card.

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        770 here. Runs everything pretty nicely for the moment.

  • malaki7123 .

    Wow, looks like my lappy ain’t handlin’ this one. Time for an upgrade in a year or so.

  • MrAptronym

    I hope the game runs well and has good graphical options with these kind of requirements. I use AMD, but assuming there aren’t horrible conflicts, my hardware should be fine.

  • subsamuel01

    I’ll stick with the PS4 version, there’s no way my PC can handle this.

    • Mr_SP

      And that’s just Ground Zeroes, not the real MGSV. I would be very lucky if this runs on my computer. My not-super-advanced-but-still relatively-new computer.

      And given my previous history with minimum specs, I mean VERY LUCKY.

  • Drippy Spaff

    the recommended is a core i7, hmmmm don’t core i7’s give little to no improvment in gaming??

  • BlackC#Bro

    They changed the recommended to an i7 processor, then appended 4core on it.

    A 4core i7 processor is called an i5. The only difference is hyperthreading.

    • sidspacewalker

      I know right?

  • BlakShiranui

    Welp. Guess it’s finally time to upgrade my ol’ 560.

    • David_c

      560 is faster than gtx 650.

  • Jesus Christ

    I hope my 3570k will be fine. I thought about purchasing the i7 4790k, but I thought I’d be better off waiting for Skylake.

  • Dave Cain

    I got a stock i7 4790k. Hope it doesn’t force me to OC.

    • monkey king

      Why would it? You do realise the 3.6ghz is only rest speed right? your cpu runs at 4ghz when required. (how did you buy that cpu and not know this).

  • Tyler Beale

    Does being a member of the PC Master Race mean you have to constantly upgrade your computer parts? I have a PC that looks something like this:

    AMD FX-4100 (CPU)
    8GB RAM
    AMD Radeon HD 6670 (by Gigabyte)
    A microATX mobo (also by Gigabyte, I don’t know what model specifically but the graphics card covers up one of the data ports, it’s that small)
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Yet I don’t have the money to splurge on upgrades. I just want to be able to play the FINAL FANTASY XIII games at 1080p/60fps even if the settings are on low.

    • Axel Villar

      Nope, not really, you dont have to upgrade often if you buy smart. Which you didnt. The best value is between mid and high end. You bought a low end gpu and a low end cpu, it was obviously getting outdated fast. My old 6870 still runs most games at mid/max with only a few exceptions. And its from the same generation as yours. Go for a 8320/970 gtx or 2500k-4690k/970x and watch it last 4 years. Of course if you go and buy cheap low end crap, dont complain when it gets outdated.

      • Tyler Beale

        I won’t, I’m not that stupid.
        And that’s good news, considering that this is a pre-built system (made from off the shelf parts) that my mother got me for my birthday in like 2011.

        The only downside, really, is that some games like Metro Last Light (the not-Redux edition) run slow as shit at 1080p at all settings turned low, yet runs fine at 720p (but looks muddy). Same goes for Assassin’s Creed 4.

        • Archeeer

          Your PC ain’t that bad actually. Your video card is low end, but upgrading that will give you a huge performance increase, even if your cpu holds it back a little.

          I have an old Phenom II from 2009 with similar performance and Metro Last Light runs fine at 1080p since I have a Radeon HD 7850.

          If your PC had a better GPU (like a 68XX) from the start, it would be holding up pretty well to this day.

      • Ciethe

        Ease up on the tone here dude; jeez. It was a simple question and mistakes were made, but it’s a bit difficult to buy into PC gaming. It takes research and there’s a lot of positives and negatives all over the place that make these things confusing. We all had to start somewhere.

  • David_c

    what the????? 4460 is new generation (haswell) processor by intel and it’s already minimum. i can’t believe this. this is BS.

    and gtx 650 4gb??

    • It’s not dedicated 4gb but overal VRAM. I think all GTX650 have 4g overall VRAM but about 2 Gb of it is dedicated. Don’t worry :)

  • Bob Obb

    3.4ghz i5 is MINIMUM? I know the game looks good but that seems a little weird, considering it can run on hardware that’s nearly 10 years old (X360)

    • Sion12

      hertz of a cpu doesnt matter anymore with respect to performance (unless you comparing the same cpu) what really matter is what chipset it run on

  • Darkrise

    Not a good job in the optimization department. =/

    • Txu Zai


    • MrAptronym

      Its hard to say at this point if its junk optimization or if they just decided to aim for the highest end market on PC.

  • Crevox

    Wow, requires 64 bit OS. I think this is the first game to do that. That’s great.

    • MrAptronym

      I am pretty sure battlefield 4 required x64 and some others as well. Its becoming more common. As it really should since most people have probably been using 64 bit processors for over a decade.

  • triablos

    Confusing stuff like this is one of the reasons why I won’t PC game. I don’t get how the minimum specs are so high even though the game is coming to ps3 and xbox360 which are decade-old $200 machines. It looks like you’d have to buy a new part every month to keep up with the games.

    • pokeroi

      Who sais the minimum spec provide the same quality as PS3? Even on low setting on PC it will be better than those version

    • MrAptronym

      The last gen versions probably have actual different assets. If that’s the case then the game would have to be made substantially larger in terms of file size to use them as well. It is possible the PC version is forked from even higher in development and uses original assets before they were trimmed for PS4/Xbone. Additionally, I do not know how extensive graphics options will be on PC, if you cannot reduce the antialiasing or shadowmaps or other intensive graphical options then that would mean a higher minimum as well. Though that would be an issue that’s more preventable.

      I do not know enough about the way Kojima develops games to say either way.

  • malek86

    Either this is optimized like crap, or Konami is once again messing up their minimum requirements because they don’t know any better.

    Lest people forget, MGR has a more powerful GPU as minimum requirement than the one listed in the recommended requirements.

    I wouldn’t read too much into it. Again, MGR also has some ridiculous minimum requirements that are well above what you actually need to play the game.

    • MrAptronym

      I forgot about that, yeah MGR’s minimums were kind of absurd and nonsense.

  • Rodríguez Carlos

    Maybe my PC can handle it:
    Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus V FORMULA-Z.
    CPU: AMD Chip FX-8320
    GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7870 (ASUS)
    8GB RAM
    OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64bits

    • Daniel Masterson

      ya you will be just fine.

  • Fungila Jr

    It seems like I need a Metal Gear to play Metal Gear


  • Fronkhead

    I’m a bit surprised by those minimum requirements given how scalable the FOX Engine appears to be with the PS3/360 versions of the game.

    Then again, Metal Gear Rising’s were far above what I had yet I was able to play the game in parity to the 360/PS3 versions.

  • Ni ~Algidus~

    I’m calling bs. by these specs or they’re trying to force people to upgrade and the game will run just fine on more low specs pc or it is just plain bad optimization. or ya’know, both just like TWE and Unity

  • monkey king

    Why the change from sandy to haswell? A 4460 is -fairly- high end, but then for the gpu they list a pretty slow dinosaur.

    Game/engine might be very cpu dependant.

  • voy3voda

    I was thinking about putting together a PC based on this requirements, but reading the comments i think i’ll wait and see what happen. Gonna be my first gaming PC, so i’m hoping to play KI, MGO and SF V.

    • monkey king

      if you want pc gaming and you are basing your build on these requirements, you are gonna have a bad time, that videocard is pretty much garbage at this point if you want to do any real high end gaming.
      Both of the listed cpus are fine though, double (at least) the ram, and change the vidcard to at least a 970/290.

      • voy3voda

        tnx 4 the replay!

  • DurrD

    Who the hell has an i7 and 8gbs or RAM?

  • Magnatusu Magnus

    Can a I7 3770ghz 8gb ram GTX 650 (1gb) can handle on minimum?

  • So how about an AMD FX-6300 + GTX 750 Ti? What do you guys think??

    • Archeeer

      You will be fine. Medium to High with great framerate.

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