Sea of Thieves full PC specifications: minimum specs, recommended specs, and more

Microsoft's upcoming open-world pirate adventure game, Sea of Thieves, is quickly shaping up as one of its most promising releases in some time. Promoting strong cooperative play across a captivating tropical world, the title looks to deliver some promising multiplayer moments on both Xbox One and Windows 10.

Ahead of the game's March 20 release, Microsoft has unveiled the full PC specifications to enjoy Sea of Thieves. Breaking down the game across a range of resolutions and frame rates, this information provides an idea of how it will run on various systems.

Sea of Thieves has been designed with a wide spectrum of hardware in mind, varying from premium Windows tablets to high-end desktop rigs. While the ideal 4K 60 frames-per-second (FPS) experience will require a top-of-the-range system, its flexibility to scale down to 540p accommodates ultrabooks and tablets too.

Minimum requirements | 1080p requirements | 4K requirements

Sea of Thieves minimum PC specs

Starting at the bottom, the option to play the game at 540p at 30 FPS will be offered for low-end systems. While far from ideal, this opens the game to a range of ultrabooks and performance tablets utilizing integrated graphics cards. Rare itself has tested tablets like Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 tablet with these specifications, which should pair nicely with the game's "Play Anywhere" integration.

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Category540p @ 30 FPS720p @ 30 FPS
Operating systemWindows 10 Anniversary (1607)Windows 10 Anniversary (1607)
CPUChipsets with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 or Intel Iris 540Intel Q9450 @ 2.6GHz or AMD Phenom II X6 @ 3.3 GHz
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GPUIntegratedNvidia GeForce GTX 650 or AMD Radeon 7750
Modern GPUIntegratedNvidia GeForce GTX 1030 or AMD Radeon R7 450
HDD60GB @ 5400 rpm60GB @ 5400 rpm
Graphics settingsMinimum "Cursed"Low "Common"

Sea of Thieves is currently recommended for systems that can achieve 1080p or higher. The game is expected to run comfortably on most modern gaming systems, or those utilizing higher-end previous generation hardware.

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Category1080p @ 30 FPS1080p @ 60 FPS
Operating systemWindows 10 Anniversary (1607)Windows 10 Anniversary (1607)
CPUIntel i3 4170 @ 3.7 GHz or AMD FX-6300 @ 3.5 GHzIntel i5 4690 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8150 @ 3.6 GHz
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GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R9 270Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 or AMD Radeon R9 380x
Modern GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti or AMD Radeon RX 460Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 470
HDD60GB @ 7200 rpm60GB @ 7200 rpm
Graphics settingsMedium "Rare"Medium "Rare"

For those pushing the best of the best, a 4K resolution will be obtainable on a selection of modern hardware. To squeeze 4K, 60 FPS and high graphical settings from the game, you'll need to be running a top of the line system.

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Category4K @ 30 FPS4K @ 60 FPS
Operating systemWindows 10 Anniversary (1607)Windows 10 Anniversary (1607)
CPUIntel i5 4690 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8150 @ 3.6 GHzIntel i7 4790 @ 4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.6 GHz
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GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 980Ti or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Modern GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 1070 or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Graphics settingsUltra "Mythical"Ultra "Mythical"

Are you planning to pick up Sea of Thieves? How well will your PC run the game? Make sure to drop into the comments section to share your thoughts so far.

Sea of Thieves launches on March 20th, 2018 for Xbox One and Windows 10 as part of Xbox Play Anywhere for $59.99, or as part of Xbox Game Pass for $9.99 per month.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • This is a model that all games should try to follow. Have something for everyone. Sure, it takes more effort on the developer's part, but isn't that worth the greatly increased number of users? Gaming I think, should not be the privilege of a few.
  • Agreed. Games should not be designed for high end systems only and then pot luck if it runs on lower spec
  • Didn't know Intel Iris Pro is a "CPU", lol.
  • Heh, was taken directly from Microsoft's provided specs list. Tweaked to be a little more accurate.
  • Played the beta at 1440p at top graphics and it was IMMENSE.
  • So, why is GTX 1050Ti recommended to run on Medium if that's the same recommendation for GTX 660? These 'modern' GPU guidelines seem really superfluous.
    Also, I will so try to play this on High on my 960M. That'll be fun.
  • I believe for 4k (UHD) it should be i7 4790? The "4" represents the generation series, the "7" represents the CPU model. 5 or 6 would've been i5, right? The final 2 numbers are more of a representative of how high a model series you're buying, which seems why 00 are followed with "m" or "u" for mobile CPUs, and 90 are highest end desktop series.
  • 540p takes a 6200 series CPU for graphics, like a tablet mentioned in the article
  • Seems there were a few nitpicks surrounding Microsoft's provided specs, so tried to make it a little clearer in the article :) And the i7 was just a typo it seems, so you're correct on both parts. Thanks!
  • So an i5 Surface Pro 4, which lacks Iris or higher end integrated graphics probably won't cut it, while a higher end SP4 might.
  • Very excited to hear this will run on a Surface Pro 4.
  • Now let's wait for crypto currencies to blow up so we can finally buy a 1070