Helldivers 2 system requirements – minimum, recommended, and ultra settings

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With the release date right around the corner, let’s talk about the Helldivers 2 system requirements so you can be sure your current rig is equipped with the right hardware to run this new sci-fi title. 


Helldivers 2 is still available to pre-order, with bonuses and editions, on Steam for $39.99, with the release date set to be February 8. Join in the countdown with our release time map, so you know when you’ll be able to join the fight for the galaxy. The new game from Arrowhead Game Studios is a squad-based third-person shooter, in which you play as a member of the Helldivers to fight in an intergalactic war for freedom and peace. Outlined below are the minimum system requirements needed to run the game, the recommended system requirements for optimized gameplay, and our suggestions for ultra system requirements, for the best possible gaming experience so you know if you need to upgrade your GPU. Let’s get started.

Helldivers 2 minimum system requirements

  • Average Performance: 1080p @ 30 FPS
  • Graphic Presets: Low
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Storage: 100GB HDD

Worth mentioning, minimum requirements do not promise amazing gameplay, they are simply the bare essentials in order to be able to load the game. If you’re not a frequent gamer and you’re using an older set-up, you may be running on some of the hardware mentioned below. But if you’re looking to optimize your Helldiver 2 gameplay, have a look at recommended or ultra system requirements for better quality PC components. That being said, the minimum requirements will still let you load and run the game, it just may not be the highest tier of quality. 

Outlined on the Helldiver 2 Steam page, the minimum system requirements require 8GB of RAM and a 100 GB of available storage. You’re going to need to be running on an OS of Windows 10 and a 64-bit processor. In terms of graphics cards, you’ll be able to run the game at its lowest possible specs on an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti or an AMD RX 470 – both of which are equipped with 4GB GDDR5. Pretty humble hardware given the prowess of the game, but you’re likely to be targeting 1080p and 30fps here.  For a CPU you’ll need an Intel Core i7-4790K or an AMD Ryzen 5 1500X to be able to run the game. If you don’t currently meet these system requirements, you’ll need to consider upgrading your rig before Thursday.

  • Average Performance: 1080p @ 60 FPS
  • Graphic Presets: Medium
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Storage: 100GB SSD

Recommended system requirements are meant to optimize the graphics quality and processing speed to ensure a decent gaming experience while running Helldivers 2. Much like the minimum requirements, some factors are non-negotiable; you’ll still need Windows 10 or later, a 64-bit processor and an available storage of 100GB. It is recommended that you have at least 16GB of RAM vs the necessary 8GB mentioned in the minimum requirements. For graphics cards, you’ll need either Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 or AMD’s Radeon RX 6600 XT, and and the ideal processors are the Intel Core i7-9700K or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X. 

MSI Gaming AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Mech 2X

Base Clock

2,106MHz

Boost Clock

2,669MHz

VRAM

8GB GDDR6

Dimensions

269 x 132 x 35mm

Recommended PSU

550W

Performance system requirements

  • Average Performance: 1440p @ 60 FPS
  • Graphic Presets: High
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 or AMD Radeon RX 6800
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K or AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Storage: 100GB SSD

Ultra system requirements

  • Average Performance: 4K @ 60 FPS
  • Graphic Presets: Very High
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K or AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Storage: 100GB SSD

For maxed out settings ahead of Helldivers release, here’s a voice of our recommendations. You’ll want the required 100GB of available storage and the recommended 16GB of VRAM, but we also suggest making sure your OS is updated to the latest version available. Running on Windows 11 rather than Windows 10 will ensure that your PC isn’t losing performance quality due to needing an OS update. 

If you’re trying to run on a bit of a tighter budget but still want better graphics than is suggested, we recommend the RTX 3070 which was one of our top picks for best GPU for 1440p, it delivers decent performance without breaking the bank and is a newer model than the RTX 2060.

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3070

Base Clock

1500MHz

Boost Clock

1850MHz

VRAM

8GB GDDR6

Dimensions

323 x 140 x 56mm

Recommended PSU

650W

If you don’t have a spending limit but don’t want to go overboard, check out our review of the RTX 4070 Ti Super, released this January, it’s a GPU that offers great 1440p resolution and 4K capabilities. If you’ve got the cash to spend on a GPU that will deliver the best performance with modern games and you don’t mind the price tag, the RTX 4090 is a high-end GPU designed to deliver high-end graphics, with an impressive frame rate maintained; see how it stacked up when we compared to the flagship of the Super series: RTX 4080 Super Vs RTX 4090

ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 4070 Ti Super OC

ASUS ROG Strix 4070 Ti Super

VRAM

16GB GDDR6X

CUDA cores

8,448

Memory bus width

256-bit

GPU processor

AD103

Bandwidth

21 Gbps

In terms of CPU, if you’re limiting your budget but still want a good value-for-money core processor, the AMD Ryzen 7 78003XD is a solid choice. Available on Amazon for around $430, this CPU is slightly better than the recommended processor; with a really fast clock speed and 4K capabilities, this CPU was one of our top picks for Best CPU for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, another third-person shooter. you can’t go wrong with the AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D, which was one of our top picks for best CPU for RTX 4080 Super. This is a powerful CPU that boasts a fast clock speed and 4K support, that can handle the graphics of the RTX 4090, with a slightly more expensive (but not massive) price tag of about $542 on Amazon right now. 

Helldivers 2 ultra system requirements

Will Helldivers be available on PC?

Helldivers 2, which releases on February 8, will be available on PS5 and PC.

Can my PC run Helldivers 2?

The minimum system requirements require 8GB of VRAM, 100 GB of available storage space, a Windows 10 OS or later, a GTX 1050 Ti GPU and an Intel Core i7-4790K processor to be able to run the game.

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Meghan Coon

Meghan Coon is a Tech & Hardware Writer for Videogamer