Battlefield 2042 system requirements: Can my PC run it?

Battlefield 2042
Battlefield 2042 (Image credit: Electronic Arts)

Electronic Arts and DICE opened early access to Battlefield 2042 for owners of the "Gold" or "Ultimate" editions on Nov. 12. Then, open access for all players will begin on Nov. 19 when the game launches in full. Additionally, the system requirements for the game have also been announced, which helpfully provides PC players with details about what hardware they'll need to play the game comfortably. Here's everything you need to know about Battlefield 2042's system requirements, including what the minimum and recommended specs are as well as how you can check what hardware your PC has under the hood.

List of Battlefield 2042 system requirements

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The minimum specs for Battlefield 2042 aren't too bad, but they are a little more demanding than some other recent AAA releases. In general, it's best to use hardware that's more powerful than the minimum requirements if you can get your hands on it, as it will allow you to enjoy excellent framerates and visuals — especially if you have one of the best PC gaming monitors.

Here's what EA and DICE list as the minimum required specs for Battlefield 2042:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel i5-6600K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti or AMD RX 560
  • RAM: 8GB
  • VRAM: 4GB
  • DirectX: 12
  • Storage: 20GB

With this equipment, you'll be able to play Battlefield 2042 and have a decent experience, though you'll be missing out on the performance and visuals that you could achieve with a beefier setup.

Here's what the developers list as recommended specs for Battlefield 2042:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX 3060 or AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
  • RAM: 16GB
  • VRAM: 8GB
  • DirectX: 12
  • Storage: 20GB SSD

The recommended specs for Battlefield 2042 are pretty high overall, but we expect that the payoff will be an impressive implementation of features like ray tracing and other visual effects. With this hardware, you'll be able to play the game with high settings and high framerates.

Note that while the official minimum and recommended specs require 100GB of storage, the actual size of the Battlefield 2042 installation is 47.46GB. This means that you don't need 100GB of storage in order to play the game, although we recommend allocating that amount for future updates and patches.

Will my PC run Battlefield 2042?

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If you're unsure whether or not your PC meets the minimum and/or recommended specs listed above, don't worry — there's an easy way to check. All you need to do is do a quick analysis with the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, which allows you to review what hardware you've got installed in your system with just a few clicks. Here's how to use it.

  1. Click the Windows button on your taskbar.
  2. Type dxdiag.
  3. Click dxdiag in the search results. Windows will then show your PC specifications.
  4. Navigate to the System tab for details on your processor, memory, and Windows version.
  5. Navigate to Display tab for details on your graphics hardware and video memory (VRAM).

If a part of your PC isn't up-to-spec for Battlefield 2042, you'll be able to tell with this nifty tool. Don't forget to check out our guides to the best cheap graphics cards and the best budget CPUs if you need to make an upgrade, as the minimum specs for Battlefield 2042 are fairly affordable. Alternatively, you can also check out our roundup of all the best graphics cards and the best processors for your custom PC if you want to make some big upgrades to your rig. Scalpers are making it extremely difficult to get an upgrade right now, but with some clever use of stock alert websites, it's definitely possible to get your hands on a new GPU.

Keep in mind that if you experience performance issues, bugs, or glitches while playing, it doesn't necessarily mean your PC isn't good enough to handle Battlefield 2042. It's more likely that these issues are a result of Battlefield 2042 bugs and launch issues that are disrupting the experience for many players. Once EA and DICE deploy fixes for these issues, your performance should clear right up. However, something that's also worth keeping in mind is that stronger specs never hurt, and in many cases can help mitigate the impact of bugs and glitches.

If you haven't reserved your copy of Battlefield 2042 yet and want early access to the game, note that Battlefield 2042 preorders are available. To play before Nov. 19, you'll need to purchase the Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition or the Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition.

Brendan Lowry

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.