Halo Reach System Requirements

Can I Run Halo Reach?

To figure out whether you can run Halo Reach on your gaming rig, you’ll first need to establish what components it houses, with a particular emphasis on the CPU, GPU, and RAM as these, in most cases, determine whether it’s up to the task. If you need help, you can refer to your step-by-step guide here.

From there, cross-reference the results to the minimum and recommended system requirements for Halo Reach, which we’ve listed below for convenience. We always suggest trying to hit above the recommended requirements, if at all possible.

We also working on a bespoke system requirement tool that, once ready, will scan any given PC for its constituent parts and return them in an easy to digest list form. We’re still hard at work putting the finishing touches on the tool, but we’ll be sure to publish an update once it’s ready.

Halo Reach Game Details

  • Release Date: December 3rd, 2019 (PC)
  • System Requirements: Low
  • Genre: First-person shooter
  • Developer: Bungie
  • Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

Halo Reach is the sixth entry in the fabled Halo series and was first released back in 2010 on Xbox 360. Historically the reserve of the Xbox platform, Halo Reach, finally comes to PC for the first time alongside the Halo: Master Chief Collection.

Players take on the role of Noble Six, an elite supersoldier, and are tasked with defending the planet Reach from an onslaught from alien invaders known as the Covenant. It’s fast-paced, high-powered FPS goodness packaged with the quirks and humor that the series is known for by fans.

Co-op, multiplayer, and a sweeping single-player campaign; it’s got all the hallmarks of a great Halo game, and PC players will now be able to experience it.

Halo Reach Minimum System Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3550 / AMD Phenom II X4 960T
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 20 GB of storage space
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTC 560 Ti / AMD Radeon R7 360
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Screen Resolution: 720p
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection

Halo Reach Recommended System Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-870 / AMD FX-4100
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 20 GB of storage space
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS 512MB / AMD Radeon HD 2600 Pro
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Screen Resolution: 1080p
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection

Optimal Hardware Suggestions

While Halo Reach may have originally released for the Xbox 360 console way back in 2010, the PC version is a little more demanding than you might expect, but 343 Industries says they’ve designed the game to scale on all PCs from potatoes to high-end rigs.

In the grand scheme of game requirements, it remains pretty tame by anyone’s standards. Most people will fly past the requirements. 343 Industries has even mentioned it aims to make it playable on machines with integrated graphics, which should open the game to most players who’ve purchased a PC in the last five to ten years.

The minimum system requirements will net you between 50 and 60 FPS running at 720p resolution with the settings on low to medium. Jump up to the recommended requirements, and you can expect around 60 FPS at 1080p with the settings on high and even ultra.

If 4K at 60 FPS is your bag, you’ll need at least an Intel Core i5-3450/AMD FX-6350, NVIDIA GTX 770/AMD Radeon 480, and 8GB of RAM.

From what we understand, Halo Reach tends to favor AMD components ever so slightly. If your rig is built around the red team, then you’re in luck.

What Gaming PC Do We Recommend?

If 343 Industries sticks to its promise of compatibility with integrated graphics units, then we recommend our $300 and $400 builds. Both strike a welcome balance between affordability and performance, the builds will both run Halo Reach without a hitch even at higher resolutions and settings.

To be on the safe side, we would, however, suggest our $500 build for the simple reason that it has a dedicated Radeon RX 750 RS GPU. Once again, we’ve kept the cost down by using cost effective-components, mainly courtesy of AMD. It also has 16 GB of RAM and a 240 GB SDD.