Do you fancy a spot of Minecraft, but aren’t sure if your PC is up to the task? We’ve got you covered.
To begin, you’ll need to know what components make up your PC, specifically the CPU, GPU, and RAM as a starting point. Once you have these, you can jump to the minimum and recommended specifications below. Check that your PC matches up at the very least or ideally has better hardware than required.
If you are struggling to find your PC specifications, follow our easy guide right here. Moving forward, we are also developing a tool designed to capture PC specifications at the click of a button to make the whole process significantly more straightforward. The feature is still in development, but we will share the good news once we’ve got it up and running smoothly.
Minecraft has recently been updated (well the Bedrock/Windows 10 version at any rate), so it can now fully use raytracing if you have a compatible GPU. This steps up the minimum specs if you are after that experience, but if you aren’t bothered by that, most PCs these days should be able to handle it.
- Release Date: 18th November 2011 (PC, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS Vita, Wii U)
- System Requirements: Low
- Genre: Creative
- Developer: Mojang
- Publisher: Mojang, Xbox Game Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment
In simple terms, Minecraft is the ultimate sandbox game that allows the player to mine for precious ores and craft with resources from the surrounding environment to construct ever more ambitious structures, explore a world made up of uniformly sized blocks, and battle mobs of zombies and skeletons.
In reality, Minecraft is so much more. It’s an open-ended creative tool that players can use to build pretty much anything their minds can conjure up on a pixelated dynamically-generated map. Towering monoliths, grand pieces of carefully crafted artwork, you name it, Minecraft is a canvas. Additionally, there’s also a degree of story to the game where players can embark on a cross-dimensional journey to battle the colossal ender dragon. Not bad.
Minecraft is also the best-selling game of all time having shipped a staggering 176 million units as of May this year, sidelining timeless classics such as innumerable Mario games and even the cult puzzler Tetris. It’s living through a resurgence of sorts recently thanks in part to renewed interest from nostalgic players and high profile YouTubers, and finally shedding the children’s game label that has long hampered it. There’s never been a better time to jump in.
Minecraft System Requirements
- CPU: Intel Core i3 3210 | AMD A8 7600 APU or equivalent
- RAM: 4 GB RAM
- HDD: 180 MB to 1 GB available space
- GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or AMD Radeon R5 series | NVIDIA GeForce 400 Series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
- Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 or better
- Network: Broadband Internet connection
Samsung 970 PRO SSD – 1TB
Crucial MX500 500GB
Although Minecraft isn’t the most graphically appealing game by any stretch of the imagination and the 8-bit aesthetic belies low requirements, the game needs more hardware oomph than you’d first expect. That’s not to say you’ll need a $2000 beast, but your average 10-year old office Dell won’t cut the mustard either.
Looking at the minimum specifications, any gaming rig built or bought in the last 10-years should suffice. The 2 GB RAM requirement is among the lowest for any contemporary game on the market. The integrated graphics compatibility of products like Intel HD Graphics and AMD’s R5 series opens the door to those without a dedicated GPU. On the processor side, an i3 is not too much to ask and should suit most machines. At a minimum, a solid 30 FPS is expected, although settings may need to be toned down to medium or low as more and more blocks are in play as the game progresses.
As for the recommended specifications, they jump up a level from the minimum but remain pretty modest. A dedicated GPU like any of the NVIDIA GeForce 700 series or equivalent is a must to get decent FPS rates while pushing higher graphical settings. RAM is reasonable at 4GB, while those blocks need computing and an Intel Core i5 does the job nicely. This setup should sail past a stable 60 FPS quite comfortably even at higher resolutions and settings.
If you’re in the market for some mods to spice up your Minecraft experience, then system requirements grow exponentially with each addition. RAM and CPU are especially in demand when adding mods, so plan to aim above the recommended specs if you plan to load up a bunch of them.
Minecraft recently took it’s amazing raytracing graphical overhaul out of beta and made it available to the masses playing on Windows 10. it is important to note that raytracing is not available in the java versions of the game – only the bedrock version in Windows 10 and you will need at least a 20-series GPU or equivalent to be able to play with it switched on.
If your card isn’t up to the job, you won’t even see any of the content – it will be like it doesn’t exist.
Please be sure you are on a release version of Minecraft that is 1.16.200 or higher for Windows 10!
You may have to update your Windows operating system and graphics drivers to experience ray tracing.