The Last of Us Part I PC Specs Revealed by Naughty Dog

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The Last of Us may be almost a decade old, but it’s still proving time and again that it still has immense pulling power as a franchise. On March 28th, PC fans will be able to take advantage of another re-release of the series’ first game, and by way of preparation, Naughty Dog has dropped The Last of Us Part I PC specs – and there’s a broad scale waiting for gamers.

At the lowest, minimum level, The Last of Us Part I presents very little challenge to PC gamers with an older rig, but those that want to run the game at 60 FPS in 4K (Ultra) will have quite a battle on their hands.

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The Last of Us is one of the most highly awarded games in history, boasting an intense, emotional story and heart-pounding, immersive survival action. It’s iconic, and since it debuted in 2013, it has spawned a sequel, remasters, and most recently, an extremely high-performing television series.

On March 28th, The Last of Us Part I will release on PC platforms everywhere, following a delay that pushed the game back by almost an entire month. Recently, Naughty Dog revealed The Last of Us Part I PC specs – the full spectrum – and there were some surprises to be had.

Let’s not get it twisted – The Last of Us Part I is a phenomenal and beautiful game, so it is no surprise that gamers will need an intense rig to run it at the highest level. However, those looking to run the game at 60 FPS Ultra 4K will need some fairly fantastic hardware.

From a 12th-Gen Intel CPU or a Ryzen 9 5900X to an RTX 4080 or AMD RX 7900XT (at minimum), running The Last of Us Part I at the most strenuous level will be a massive ask for the average PC gamer. But, at the lowest end of the spectrum, gamers with an older rig will be able to run the game at 30 FPS 720p with little more than an i7-4770K and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4 GB), as a representative example.

It’s also a relatively sizeable ask for anything above 1080p 60 FPS to be played on a rig with 32GB of RAM (minimum).

There’s a comfortable midpoint, though – a thoroughly enjoyable experience should be had with a rig built around an eighth or ninth-generation Intel CPU and a 2070 Super or an RX 6750XT.

For the most part, The Last of Us Part I’s PC specs come as a surprise because, essentially, many gamers are looking at the fact that the game was (originally) released in 2013. It’s a constantly crushing realisation for PC gamers that don’t upgrade regularly that every successive game that releases these days is rapidly requiring a more intense build, and The Last of Us Part I is no exception.

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