I’ll be honest here. I don’t typically like the horror genre because I scare easily. The better graphics techniques get, and the more powerful our graphics cards get, the easier it is for companies like Capcom to bring the horror genre closer to feeling like reality on our PCs. Resident Evil 7 leverages some of the better lighting and shadow techniques I’ve seen in PC games to really amp up the level of fear one would get walking around a decrepit old house in the middle of a stormy night.
To play this game at decent settings, the requirements are:
- OS: Windows 7 64bit / 8.1 64bit / 10 64bit
- Processor: AMD FX6300 or 4th gen Intel Core i5 or greater
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Video card: AMD Radeon R7 260X or Nvidia GTX 760 or greater
There are a lot of options in the graphics menu, and you are going to want use as high settings as you can to get the maximum experience that Resident Evil 7 delivers. Normally I’d lower SSAO and other shadow options in my gaming, but for this one you’d be best to leave those settings alone and play with different AA, Mesh, or effect options.
For my testing I played through the opening sequence where the character first gets inside the house up until Mia (your girlfriend) and you go your separate ways :(. This game runs incredible on Radeon RX graphics cards, and even on a RX 460 I didn’t really need to alter the settings much to enjoy fluid frame-rates.
If you’d like to see how well Radeon RX cards stack up against other options out there, check out some competitive performance on our other Resident Evil 7 blog on Radeon.com.
For those of you lucky / brave enough to get the chance to play Resident Evil 7, be sure to grab the latest Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver HERE. You’ll get the best experience by using the latest drivers.
I recently learned there is a VR version of Resident Evil out there. For clarification, I will not be testing that one. Ever.